Rob Elliot Back In Goal For Newcastle


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Good news for Newcastle fans today that Rob Elliot is back in goal at the Emirates and will replace Karl Darlow.

Cheick Tiote as expected comes into the side in place of the injured Vurnon Anita, so we don’t have too bad a side out today.
Teams:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker (c), Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel Paulista, Calum Chambers, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Alex Iwobi, Joel Campbell

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Ivan Toney

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

So Rob has recovered from the stomach bug that forced him to miss the 1-0 defeat at West Brom last Monday.

Newcastle will play in the familiar 4-4-2 formation and it will be important that we start this game well and not let Arsenal get an early goal – and there’s no doubt they will be starting this game at a very fast tempo.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about Arsenal before the game today:

“It’s definitely one of our biggest tests of the season,” Arsenal have had some injuries but they’re still maintaining their form and getting results.”

“At this stage, I’d say they are certainly favorites for the title – but it’s only half-time.”

“But I believe in the squad that we have. They’ve shown already that they can compete with some of the biggest sides in the league and I expect them to put in a performance this weekend.”

“A collective organisation, good discipline and a certain amount of aggression will be required from us to get a result.”

Most fans think we will lose this game and that would be the 11th league defeat this season in 20 league games.

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437 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    as predicted then, can see Tiote and Colback being booked in the first 15mins

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  • almondrichie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    this man keeps on surprising again and again…..baldie has told the players to be agrresive…we are definately going to be one man down at the 45th min and he would use that as an excuse…looks like a master plan…

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  • geordie157

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Carroll has just scored, so the Klopp revolution is going well so far. 2-0 to the Hammers

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Colback should be dropped for thauvin and gini moved inside. Another game watching no stacks coming down the left with the opposition having a free run down that flank. Wenger must be lidding himself all he has to say is make sure we overload the right to cover sissokho and jaanmat which then makes the team totally ineffective going forward and we camp in our own half under constant pressure.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #5

    wish he’d shut up about being physical.
    janmatt, mitro and tiote are red cards waiting to happen. Here’s a novel idea what about playing some football.

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  • colwell

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Same shite different week, hopefully this is the last time we have a central midfield consisting of 2 DM’S

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  • geordie157

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    How does Gouffran keep making the bench, put a cm on there instead ie Liam Smith….or even forgotten man Marveaux would be better at least he can create chances.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry for spelling on phone that likes to correct

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #9

    157

    tbf they’ve won their last 2. Klopp or SM..hmmm . . . .

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I try to be a glass half full person when it comes to football.

    Not today. This has hammering written all over it.

    Merse is spot on on sky earlier today

    “They’d need to kick arsenal off the pitch to get a 3-0. Loss out of this”

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  • colwell

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Why not play a central 3 of Gini, Sissoko and Tiote with Perez.Thauvin and Mitro in front actually try and worry teams for once. Today we will lose 4/5 nil which will hopefully kick the fat cnuts upstairs into gear.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    if we lose the next 2/3 will ash sack SM and replace with another defensive, long ball has been Brit manager with no plan B?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    If Tiote gets a yellow he’s on a ban!

    Steeve will be bricking it, no wonder we’re looking at DM’s

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I cant believe thisc $h@t no changes its like the starters are untouchable.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #15

    colwell

    that would just make far too much sense, this is SM we’re talking about.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotunda a squad worth well over 200 mill ver a squad that’s worth not even half that mmmm……..

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  • toonking

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17

    what a suprise

    sissoko___colback___tiote___wini

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Joke team. 2 defensive midfielders playing. No creativity. A central midfielder playing on the left and a defensive midfielder playing on the right. We’ve go no chance today.

    Marveaux, Aarons, Riviere, Thauvin and Mbabu should all be starting.

    Colback and Dummett are only getting games because they’re English.

    The management’s a joke.

    Sack Steve and get in Sven or De Boer and sign 5 new first team players.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

    We’re playing for a 0-0 but we’ll concede within the first 20 mins.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib // Jan 1, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Looking at this lot training today it looks like Riviere and Thauvin may be starting

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m actyally quite shocked by Mclaren’s cowardice in not dropping colocinni
    I was his most vocal supporter on this blog when Ed and everyone else was pining for Remi Garde
    Words cant express how disappointed I feel

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #22

    just seen mignolet do a jim montgomery double save moment from the 73 cup final. carroll ‘s scored 2 in 19 now!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    toonbrother

    you didn’t just mention colo in a bad way did you? You need to up the dose.

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #24

    I must admit, when Carroll is fit, he is very good striker…It is a shame that his injuries stopped his carreer, he should be English regular…he just need good cross…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Manx

    so you really prefer sm over klopp

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  • davetoon

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    This game has nil all written all over it.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    I am just happy to see that the formation isn’t 4-2-3-1. At least with a 4-4-2 that gives us a chance to hit them with sucker-punches.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Jorge Sampaoli is the man, but sadly I doubt if Carr, let alone Charnley have even heard of him.
    This club has been run by knackers for a very long time now.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29

    He’s just going on about being physical because Arsenal used to be scared of physical teams. But that was a few seasons ago. They don’t surrender to tough long ball teams anymore, and even if they did, we don’t have that many tough players.

    Steve “the tinkerman” McClaren making big changes as usual. It’s crucial that we keep this winning team unchanged.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Manxpie – Arsenal have a higher wage bill than Bayern Munich, that really puts it into perspective.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #31

    No rotonda just pointing out the huge difference as klopp would struggle here as well

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    toonfan 8

    trouble is when teams work out how to stop crosses carroll is ineffective as his 2 in 19 shows.
    You need more arrows to your bow than just an arial threat

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    manx

    would loved to have seen him though, just to see some different tactics and attacking intent, rather than just sticking 10 behind the ball hoping to nick one in the last 15, which seems to have been the modus operandi for the last 5 years, no matter who the manager and Allardyce, Souness and dalglish before.

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  • toonking

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #34

    ket

    you need to stick to fifa games.

    The real world arrons as only just got back into training and will be far more vunerable from injury.

    The real world marvo is a xisco, luque to us, he’s only hear because a move is not possible.

    The real world rivere is just back into training himself and his newcastle time makes him a french heskey

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Charnley is as proactive as McClaren. The two of them will just stand and watch as we go down and do nothing but mumble and pray for some luck. If we get anyone, we’ll bring in Moyes, another negative manager who’s playing style won’t be welcome at St. James.

    Swansea seem to be linked with lots of progressive modern managers. They always find someone decent which is why they do well on a budget and we are awful. We always rescue the likes of Kinnear, Pardew and McClaren from managerial oblivion.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Is Rob playing in rubber shorts or is he over his case of the grips?

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  • bladeuser

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #37

    TOONFAN8
    Carroll is not a good striker if he could not head a ball he would ne a hairdresser that’s his only attribute apart from being a duckweed
    ASH OUT
    SMAC OUT
    COLO OUT
    SHEEP ? Out

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #38

    wow he has been brave

    let me guess, sit and defend for 80 mins , hope they dont score, the throw thauvan on for 5 mins

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  • manxpie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #39

    That’s the thing tho rotonda he’s on about 5-6 mill a year Steve probably isn’t on that for his whole contract you get Wat you pay for and Ashley doesn’t pay the going rate for anything

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  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Looking at the West Ham v Lpool game it’s rainy in the London area. 🙂
    This is called clutching at straws 😀

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