Arsenal v Newcastle Build-up & Predicted score as Gunners aim for top-ten spot

Arsenal are set to play host to Newcastle United this evening as we look to break back into the top ten of the Premier League.

We failed to do just that when taking on Crystal Palace in midweek, but have the chance to break back into the top half of the table with a win today.

The Gunners have enjoyed a huge upturn in fortunes since Boxing Day, picking up 10 points from our last four league outings, conceding just once during that time including a 2-0 extra-time win over today’s opponents in the FA Cup.

Newcastle come into the tie with the opposite however, having picked up just one point from the four matches in the same timeframe, while scoring just once in that time.

While on paper, Arsenal should be confident of maintaining their impressive form of late, while hoping the Magpies continue to struggle, but upon review of our cup clash you have reason to be worried.

While the starting line-up will likely look different to the ones which took to the field in the FA Cup, the teams will likely be set up in a very similar way.

Arsenal of course have the more confidence going into the clash, but after a dismal effort in attack against Crystal Palace only days ago, and after our struggles last weekend, I’m not expecting us to steamroll the Magpies.

Sorry for not being overly confident, but I’m predicting a 1-0 win this evening, with that sole goal coming in the second-half, as our rivals will likely be tasked with stopping us as their first objective.

What are your predictions for tonight’s match? Am I wrong to not be overly confident of a resounding win?

Patrick

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20 Comments

  1. Mambo says:

    Depends on the team a loss is not out of the question

  2. Mambo says:

    I want to see Auba on bench, but Arteta does not have balls to do that. That would be admitting he screwed up with new contract.

    1. Chuxzzy1 says:

      Anyone at that point would have offered Auba a new contract due to his hot form

      1. RSH says:

        Agree. Hard to be upset at teh club. All summer all of us saw how crucial Auba was to our success. The drop in form is ridiculous tho. Still, I have faith he can find that form again.

  3. Innit says:

    On attack :
    Want to see Aubameyang up front/centre and Lacazette behind in CAM with Martinelli and Pipe om wings

  4. Grandad says:

    Innit, are you really suggesting that Pepe should replace Saka?

  5. Jim wall says:

    Team….
    Leno
    Bell. Holding gab Tierney
    Partey. Xakai
    Saka. ESR. Martinelle
    Lacca

    1. Lugdush says:

      That’s the team for me..auba for Martinelli could work too…i hope arteta had worked on our building speed.
      We need a left footed lb to back tierney

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Leno

        Bellerin.Holding.Gabriel.Tierny

        AMN.Partey

        Saka.ESR.Pepe

        Laca

        Pepe at LW. Martinelli to come on 1st for Saka to give him a bit of a rest and so Martinelli eases into match fitness Auba on for Laca if needed later

        Very solid and mobile midfield…my opinion anyway

  6. Ayan says:

    My preferred selection:
    Leno
    Bellerin Holding Gabriel Tierney
    Partey Ceballos
    Saka ESR Martinelli
    Lacazette

  7. S.J says:

    Why would Pepe replace Saka? That will be a wrong move.

    Lacazette.

    Martinelli. Smith-Rowe. Saka.

    Xhaka. Partey.

    Tierney. Luiz. Holding. Bellerin.

    Leno.

    This is my preferred team to beat Newcastle 2 – 1.

    1. Ayub ssebagala says:

      Leno,holding,Gabriel, Pablo marly,beralin,sakha zakha, smith Rowe,matieneli Gabriel
      and lakazeti

  8. Perry ames says:

    I just want to see us passing forward and to not keep going back. We need to play at a faster pace, aubameyang on bench but I’m still going for a 3-1 win but I’ll take any win at the moment
    It’s so depressing watching them

  9. RSH says:

    Pepe can play on Saturday in the Cup. We need to win today and need our best players. Pepe is obviously not one of them. Hopefully both Partey and Martinelli can make the starting XI.

  10. RW1 says:

    The delusion of manager(s) and brainwashing of fans who can’t imagine a midfield without xhaka is a sad indication of just how far this club has fallen

    1. Mark says:

      Xhaka has been one of the best players for AFC in recent weeks.. You grudge is personal and is not football based

      1. RW1 says:

        As I guess are your delusions … It’s based on watching endless misplaced passes endless back passing unnecessary fouls slowness on the ball inability to find space to receive the ball and lack of creativity … numbers back it up … anything else?

        1. jon fox says:

          RW1 No nothing else! You have pretty much said the whole dismal truth. On reflection, you might have mentioned his hotheadedness too. For my money he is rubbish and must leave asap. Always has been far too ponderous and plain slow in all he does, save when ever trouble is around; THEN HE DIVES RIGHT INTO IT AS QUICK AS A FLASH. UGH!

  11. GunneRay says:

    A win and nothing else is all I want to see! No draw. No loss. The performance has to be much better though!

  12. Clive says:

    Winning is all I want, I don’t care how we win.

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