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This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team Against Arsenal

3:56 pm, Friday, January 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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 great game at Bournemouth

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.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JamesToon // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Ancient C

    Do you actually reckon that Ashley is trying to emulate the Arsenal model??

    It’s just that’s he’s forgetting that in order to make successful profits from these young French kids is that they need the experience and quality to go with them in order for them to succeed.

  • 2 MadisonToon // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    It will be good to have Aarons back to force Steve into thinking about putting Gini in the middle and sacrificing one of our DMs for a useful player. Aarons defending was never too great which just underlines how important it is for us to get a solid LB in this window so that we can actually use Aarons’ ability going forward and not turn him into Gouffran 2.0 who just tracks back all game.

    I’d love to be surprised tomorrow with either a point (or 3!) or a signing…but I expect to watch a demolition and Steve telling us that the players gave 100% so he doesn’t mind the hammering. Prove me wrong NUFC.

  • 3 AncientC // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    JamesToon – It seems fairly evident that Ashley looked at the most efficient side (Arsenal) in the league and attempted to emulate their model, in sorts.

    As per the Ashley way, he attempted to streamline the process and moved the goal posts, excusing the pun.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    agree about aarons the lads dismal at defending but like afra was if he’s on form he’s a game winner ! still very inexperienced but without games he will not improve and atm we only have sissoko providing the assists 🙁

    sissy lw wij cm and rolando rw and we should create a few more chances and leave tiote to guard the back line.

  • 5 croftus5678 // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM


  • 6 Slank // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Don’t like that team Ed.

    Given as we are losing games playing two defensive midfielders (Anita and Colback) then there is nothing to lose, and much to gain, if we play a more attacking formation. My team:

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colo – Dummitt
    De Jong – Gini
    Sissoko – Mitrovich – Thauvan

    Arsenal are so good that if we sit back we will be taken to the cleaners.

    Having De Jong and Gini in the centre should create more goal scoring opportunities and hopefully force Arsenal to be less adventurous.

    Also having Thauvan on the left should add much needed balance and an additional supply of crosses to Mitrovich who has been starved of them of late.

    If we are going to get beat by the league leaders, as everyone predicts, we might as well go out fighting and attacking.

  • 7 Jib // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Apparently Bianca Parker (Mrs Austin ) has become reconciled to a move to the North East for a couple of years.

    Big Sam is interested too.

    So it is between us and the Scum for Charlie’s signature.

  • 8 nightfa11 // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Janmaat colo Mbemba Colback
    Tiote wini
    Sissoko perez thauvin

    Id chose perez over de jong in that position cos perez works harder in defence.. And if wini decides for a run, perez is there to cover for him.. Will never happen tho..

  • 9 Nufc-83 // Jan 1, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    I can’t wait to see Aaron’s back was amazing last season before he got injured then in pre season showed everyone up in all games then the clown mclaren puts him on the bench at the start of the season (typical pardew tactic). These idiot managers giving players 10 mins to do something in a game really annoys me it’s like they only stick them on to appease the fans and want to carry on with their useless selection so if they sin they can stand tall. As soon as Aaron’s fit get him on left wing move gini inside and drop a dm it’s insanely simple !!!

  • 10 sloveniangeordie // Jan 1, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    I don’t think this is our best side for Arsenal. I know we have a lot of injuries, but send Tiote in starting eleven is suicide. He was good once, but his best time are long gone. I would never even thinking about him. I would rather send Gini at CM position with Colback and start with Aarons (if he is fit of course). He’s young, fast, ambitious and can do a lot of problems to Arsenal defence.

    Maybe should McClaren thinking about surprise for Wenger. Instead of putting Tiote in starting eleven, i would do some preformation of players. Instead of Tiote, i would send Coloccini at DM position, Dummett at CB and Mbabu at LB. Coloccini was playing a couple of gamesx at DM position when he was playing for Deportivo and I am sure Wenger would never in his worst nightmare expect Coloccini there. Who knows maybe McClaren would hits the jack pot.

    Please McClaren, leave Tiote on bench. If he will play, we will lose, I am sure of that.

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