Rob Elliot still seems to be touch and go for tomorrow’s game at the Emirates, as he tries to recover from a stomach bug he picked up before the game at West Brom on Monday – but Karl Darlow has been preparing all week to play tomorrow, although Steve McClaren will give Rob every chance to start tomorrow afternoon.
All games are critical for Newcastle now, as we try to pick up at least 23 points in the final 19 games of the season so we can hopefully preserve our Premier League status.
Rob Elliot – still doubtful with a stomach bug
Vurnon Anita is definitely not available and McClaren is still waiting to hear just how long the Dutchman will be out with what appears to be another hamstring injury.
This is what Steve has said today on those two players:
“Vurnon is awaiting assessment on a scan and won’t be available. We are hoping Rob will recover but he’s a doubt. Apart from that everyone came through OK.”
“It’s a great stadium and platform to play on. They’re the league leaders and they are a top team.” “The top players want to play against the top teams and pit their wits against the best.”
We expect McClaren to bring back the experienced Cheick Tiote into the side for Vurnon, and both Rolando Aarons and Manu Riviere are back in training so we’ll assume they are fit enough to be on the bench tomorrow.
We’ll also assume Rob can make this game so this is the team that could try to get something at the Emirates tomorrow:
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Colback Wijnaldum
Subs: Darlow Mbabu Lascelles Aarons de Jong Thauvin Riviere
What team would you start tomorrow?
Most pundits think this will be an easy home win, but we have to give Arsenal a good game and we are assuming that each and every one of our players will play as through their lives depended on it.
If they do that we’ll be pleased enough.