Sissoko And Janmaat Return – Thauvin Starts


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Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the very tough game at home to Arsenal today, in the early kick-off game and both Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko return to the team and Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan and Ayoze Perez drop to the bench.

As we had hoped – Florian Thauvin makes his first Premier League start for Newcastle.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla (c); Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott
Substitutes: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

And that’s about the strongest bench we have seen at Newcastle in a  long time – Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse

So Daryl Janmaat make an immediate return following his one game suspension and Moussa Sissoko is fit and returns to the side and Florian Thauvin starts – and this has to be our strongest team we can filed at the moment.

Newcastle will again play in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation with Colback and Anita again the holding midfielders, and it looks like Moussa will be on the right wing and Thauvin on the left wing.

That was the team we picked with just one difference – we had Steven Taylor at center-back and Chancel Mbemba at right back – the same back four as last week at Manchester United.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about today’s game in the Chronicle:

“It’s another huge test for us.” “The boys – like I said last week – must be playing at their optimum, at our very top level.”“That’s what we have to do again.¨

“We did it against Southampton, 10 men against Swansea was difficult but last week the players could not move for two or three days after.¨ “That’s what we need on Sunday morning, the players not being able to move.¨

“That is the type of effort and hard work that you need to get a result against any of the top four teams.” “It is about performance.” “Come on, let’s give a performance and defend like we did at Man United.¨

“Let’s be as disciplined as we were at Man United and deserve our luck as much as we did.”

“To beat a team like Arsenal is about work and defending well but you have to play football and pass the ball well.”

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It’s five years since we last beat Arsenal – and that was at the Emirates and ten years since we beat them at home – both 1-0 score-lines.

Howay The Lads!!



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392 comments so far

  • Sliema

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    No Aarons on the bench? He better not be crocked again.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Just think it’s a case of Thauvin displacing Obertan who is in turn displacing Aarons on the bench.

    Janmaat is a lucky lad, I personally wouldn’t have brought him straight back in and continued with the defence we had against Man U. Saylor must be feeling hard done by.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ll never cope with Walcott’s pace.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Such is the riches of squad depth Mr Ashley has granted us.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    toon kk

    I would like to think the Mbemba will take care of Walcott.

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  • AncientC

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal going with Walcott upfront. This isn’t going to be pretty.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    At least no early goal from Giroud:
    Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully ice baths for all in our purpose made rubbish bins after a hard fought win. That should ease the post match aching limbs 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh Walcott, Sanchez and Ox wow theres some pace in that front 3 our high line is going to get annihilated

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Hail
    Only taken him 8 years to notice though

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d have put Gini where Colbeck is, and put Perez to the middle. That gives more speed and a chance to attack.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    With Sissoko in the team we’re struggling… A lot on here rate him but he is absolutely shite… He has pace but is often a headless chicken… Also has similar passing ability to Obertan… Perez being dropped isn’t fair after his performance against man u

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    ToonAndy
    Perhaps he’ll have a good game, though. Arsène will be watching!

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    That Arsenal team has pretty much forced our hand to play a deep line and go all out for ounter-attack. A high line will be suicidal. But at least they now don’t have anyone dominant in the air to challenge balls into the box, which is by far our biggest weakness. The thing I was most worried about today was Giroud’s aerial ability but doesn’t look like we will have to contend that until the last 20 mins.

    It also gives us a better chance from set pieces as I’d take Mitrovic, Colo and Sissoko in the air over pretty much every one of the Arsenal players – they only have Koscielny.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I have no idea how this game is going to go,so I’m going for a draw with a good performance from us. I’ll settle for that.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    We will be defending for long periods with a chance of catching them on the break.
    Its going to be tough, we always struggle against Ars

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Come on lads give 3 points on my birthday.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope Sissoko and Thauvin start on opposite sides so they’re cutting in and makes space for Haidara and Janmaat to overlap.

    Come on lads!!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    ToonAndy
    I reckon Sissoko will be a big player for us today against the diminutive men of Arsenal.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    4 more signings away from a quality team… Quality left back, centre back, cm (cabaye Mold), versatile winger…

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  • Crow59

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #21

    This for me is our strongest team, I really think and hope we get a good result today. For once looking at the teams I would actually pick our players over there’s, with a few exceptions ie sanchez and cazorla.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Giroud/Colo is a complete mismatch. If it goes pear shaped, that’s where it will be. Our fullbacks don’t fill me with any confidence either.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Thats our best team!! Strong bench as well. We haven’t looked this good in 10-15 years.

    Let’s get a result boys !!!

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  • Blofal

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Good team. Good test for the new players. We have Ayoze and Obertan to bring on late and run at them when they are tired if need be.

    And of course we have Papiss there in case Mitro picks up a yellow card in the first 10 minutes!

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Walcott header for first goal, get a tenner on it.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Walcott upfront. =(((((

    his pace…. haiz…

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Strong Arsenal team though, noy happy Koscielny is back.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Good looking team. Need to see the effort repeated from last week but having competition on the bench for once should help with motivation.

    hopefully Arsenal play as narrow as they did last week which will also help us defend

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    funny how walcott is rated higher on this blog than by all arsenal supporters.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    ahh sh1te – just noticed they changed their shape with the Ox out wide so Arsenal will play a lot better today

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  • Douglas

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Their forward pace will only be a problem on the break. So we’ll play defensively. Lets hope that with Collo, Anita and Chancel we have enough anticipation to deal with Walcot and co

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  • AncientC

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    I would have preferred Taylor over Mbemba today. Mbemba has shown in glimpses that he needs to transition into the side, a bad game today could send him backwards. We saw what happened after Mbiwa got thrown in too quickly against Man City.

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  • Grumpy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Common the Toon

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  • Grumpy

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #34

    If its 0-0 after 20 , we win.

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  • lesh

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Might be worth a look?

    http://www.astream.eu/

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    with colo in the line up
    victory is pretty much impossible
    Unless Arsenal get one of their guys sent off

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

    WelshGeordie

    Very happy birthday (I hope). 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Willems at St James again today…did Gini get him a season ticket?

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Ok guys, Who had 12.24 on the Toonbrother-Colo sweepstake???

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #40

    WW, PSV are playing tomorrow, surprised they would let him fly over to watch the game a day before their match or is he injured?

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