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Our Predicted First Eleven For Arsenal

This is how we think Steve Bruce will have the team set up for tomorrow’s match against Arsenal at St James Park.

We think they’ll line up in the same 3-5-2 formation Steve Bruce has been using since he was appointed. In our opinion, he’ll also keep the same team that started against St-Etienne last weekend with the exception that Jetro Willems will come in for Rolando Aarons at left wing-back. Aarons did not make the 25-man squad.

We don’t think Steve Bruce will risk Matt Ritchie even though he has returned to full training. There is just no need to risk him with his slight hamstring injury. Jetro Willems is a natural left wing-back and even though he has only been with the squad for just over a week, he should be fine to start on Sunday.

With Steve just using the two strikers, that will leave Allan Saint-Maximin as an impact sub. We think the substitutes bench will also contain Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Ki Sung-yueng, Emil Krafth, and Yoshinori Muto.

112 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    2-1 to us…

  • geordietom

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2


    Mike Ashley “physically signed” a Head to Terms agreement agree if to sell Newcastle United this summer, according to The Sun journalist Justin Allen.

    The Magpies were at the centre of a long and heavily reported saga over a potential buyout from the Bin Zayed Group for some time before it became apparent that they would not be under new ownership before the new campaign.
    A new article from Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope has suggested that no agreement was ever in place to sell this summer, but Allen, who initially broke the story, has disputed that suggestion.

    Writing on his personal Twitter account, he said: “Mike Ashley physically signed Heads of Terms agreeing to sell Newcastle to BZG for £350m.

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    “The paperwork was lodged with the Premier League.

    “It’s very easy to shoot the messenger

  • MarkBro

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Decent team. Strong with pace, down to bruce and his coaching staff to set us up correctly

  • geordietom

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    does that mean the offer’s still on the table ahh knar here we go again …

  • geordietom

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    would like to see maximin on from the start . keep him for later on in the game tired legs and all that…

  • Binney

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    These journalists know diddly squat. Total charlatans making a living off repeating what they’ve probably read off this blog.

  • jane

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    looks good on paper (screen) and much a legacy of Rafa so hopefully will continue where left off.

  • Oldgit1

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Re the team, I think Dummett will start in place of Willems, agree with the rest of the lineup.

  • Oldgit1

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m going for a 2-1 win

  • boss hoggs atm

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s all about what team Arsenal put out, ours is irrelevant when playing the big boys.

  • MarkBro

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11


  • Mag52

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d play Dummett in place of Fernandez, otherwise Neil’s team looks good to me.

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Wtf I cant believe that goal was ruled out

  • IrishRob

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Williems wont be starting unless Richie is unavailable, but we found out yesterday he has been passed for to play.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    1 million a year to sit in physio room – I’ll take it , thanks very much

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 10, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks like a decent team that. I’ve been out the loop but haven’t one or two suggested Willems is short of conditioning? (yes I am trying to be nice).

    If so, would dummett be better at wing back? Obviously it would limit our threat down the left but would potentially leave us less exposed if Willems was to run out of puff.

    I like the balance of the midfield and am genuinely excited about our pace up front. Centre defence and goalie are solid too.

    We’ll be competitive with arsenal missing at least a couple of key players. Ozil has often looked good against us even when he’s been in a lull so I’m pleased to see he won’t be there, although the reasons are concerning.

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    VAR is so slow lol

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Sami Ameobi looks good for Forest !

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Willems doesn’tlook fit but played v st etienne? I think ritche if fit

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Not liking var atall

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Another game where a team plays ‘good football’ and ‘had a go’ v the top boys but still concede 4 goals.

    I guess their fans can feel a sense of pride at despite being outclassed they tried to attack more.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Make that 5 then lol.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #23

    …leaving the ground with a warm glow.

  • AncientC

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Paul Parker:

    (Ex-Fulham and Manchester United defender on BBC Radio London)

    “I just haven’t enjoyed what’s gone on today. The two finishes (by Raheem Sterling) were very similar. One was given, one was wasn’t. We’re talking fractions. The penalty, a little bit of common sense, did it really need to be taken again? No, call it a good save. You want that human element sometimes, but we haven’t had that today. The game has been ruined by what’s gone on.”

    What a sourpuss. How long did Man Utd have a monopoly over English football—including getting decisions their way.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Thought var worked okay, all decisions correct 🙂

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Definitely more games ruined by referee bad decisions last season – think it will help cut out diving and that can’t be a bad thing

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #27

    West Ham making their usual strong start I see!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Beltway do a free game like sky sports super six.

    They pick 4 games over the weekend and you have to get the first goal scorers correct.

    I had sterling for Man City. Typical he’d score a hat trick but not the first goal.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #29

    0-5 🙂 . Dildo brothers will be chuffed 😀

  • Toonces

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    All the comments about how bad VAR is but the fact is the VAR was correct in all three occasions.

    Keeper was also off the line on the penalty save and was incorrectly not called by the assistant referee – and it’s one of the situations not reviewable by VAR. Penalty was retaken because Rice encroached the area.

    Also, in the Liverpool match yesterday the one assistant ref flagged offside incorrectly a few times but because he put his flag up too quickly it took away the chance for the VAR to be used.

    VAR will also speed up as they get through the teething period.

    And one more thing…

    Sterling and Aguero look like they hate each other.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Spent loads too

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Quite a few teams I see starting a variant of 343/352 formations.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes, West Ham had a go but in truth they thought they were better than they were.
    You can’t go hung ho v this team, they’re too good. Rafa has a game plan and it is the only way unless you are Liverpool, Spurs or Chelsea. That’s football!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #34

    One thing I heard which I didn’t like was linesmen been told to flag for offside even if it’s close unlike in recent tournaments.

    Before sterling got his hat trick, Mahrez looked like he was through, curved and timed his run very well on quick view but was called for offside.

    If he was onside, there is no way to correct the error that way. Found it better to let play carry on if close and then review it. You’d get the correct decision and no what ifs that way.

  • swemag

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #35

    VAR good. All decisions right, soon players will accept it the same way they do it in hockey here in Canada, there is nothing to argue about.

    For people who still doubt this – imagine 50 years into the future, do you really think we will not have help from technology? If the answer is that yes we will have help then it is a no brainer to start right now.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #36

    That’s kind of my point.
    You see many comments on here saying how we need to be more ‘positive’, ‘attacking’ or play ‘better football’
    Some even say they’ll happily lose if they ‘have a go’.
    So my comments were a sarcastic dig at that type of thinking.

    Not the first time I’ve done it lol but I’ll remember to put a #sarcasm on the end.

  • Chart Topping Toon

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #37

    First time in a long time we seem have decent options all over the pitch.

    I’m not a fan of that quarterback role so would push shelvey further up pitch.

    Saint-M Joelinton
    Ritchie Longstaff Shelvey Manquillo
    (Willems) (Hayden) (Yedlin)
    Dummett Lacelles Schar

    Could easily make a case for Ki, Krafth, Muto, Clark, Sorenson, Darlow but their opportunity will come.

  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Two bits of sensational news today:

    Ashley, the man himself signed Heads of Terms conditionally agreeing a price of £350m – but the greedy git decided to pi$$ BZG about (the last but’s not really news though) and

    ‘If this squad is in a relegation battle by Christmas, then we [Ed and Neil] think Ashley and Charnley will act’ – what they going to do, give Rafa a bell?

  • Toonces

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Ronaldo @ 34 There seemed to be some disagreement between a couple announcers about the correct protocol – I understand it to be ” keep the flag down if it’s too close to tell.”

    If the PL have in fact set it up to do the opposite then they will screw it up and confuse everyone. Plus it will clearly highlight an official making errors and make the league look bad.

  • Trent1211

    Aug 10, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib on a previous thread you said: ‘Craig Hope is the Sunlun supporting tossa who did his best to cause bother for Toon players with his story of trouble in Morpeth’

    He’s a Newcastle supporter you knacker. I know him personally but it’s well known. You really do know absolutely nothing.

    It was a story people want to read. He has no responsibility to sweep things under the carpet.


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