Confirmed Arsenal team to take on Newcastle in PL early kick-off

The teams are out for the early Saturday kick-off between Arsenal and Newcastle this afternoon, where we will be looking to claim an eighth straight win over their side.

Much of the talk in the build-up has been around the fact that this will be Eddie Howe’s first time in the dugout with his new club, especially as there was doubts that he would be there until he tested negative for Coronavirus yesterday.

His team are still in search of their first win of the 2021-22 season, having failed to win a single game in any competition, seeing their side drop to the bottom of the table, while Arsenal will be hoping they can claim all three points to see them move level on points with West Ham in fourth spot.

We were aware that we would be without Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac today, leading us to name the below line-up in our Predicted Team:
Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Saka, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

As you can see, there was a couple names different to what was actually named.

Who else would you have started today? What are your score predictions on seeing the line-up?

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173 Comments

  1. Dan kit says:

    Hopefully Martinelli gets more than his usual 28 seconds in injury time .

  2. Kedar says:

    I don’t why Tierney is dropped again??
    Is hé having any fight with Arteta or he doesn’t fit in Arteta’s ethos now
    I hope Arteta is not loan him out

    1. gotanidea says:

      Can’t start an attacking LB who can only whip long crosses and hope for our CF or RW to receive the ball

      1. Kedar says:

        Tierney is much more than that but It’s not his fault that he is being used in single way

        1. gotanidea says:

          I bet nobody asked him to be so predictable in attacking. Tavares’ movements are the proof of the creativity freedom

          1. Kedar says:

            There is no end product either from Tavares except inaccurate and needless shooting

          2. Mambo says:

            Tierney is still our best LB, I really don’t have a clue what you’re going on about.

    2. Eddie says:

      Can never satisfy fans though.
      Folks constantly accuse Teta of poor man management.
      KT has always been one of his most trusted players, the only reason Tavares came in was cuz of KT’s injury.
      Now that KT’s back, you just can’t drop Tavares because he had a bad game against Liverpool.

      Why does every decision the manager makes, fans try to make it look like he’s having issues with X player that’s why X player is not playing?
      When does it end?

      1. Kedar says:

        Because of his history man..
        In 2 years he is having issues 2 players
        Ozil and Guendozi
        Not sure why he never choose Martinelli that’s another secret when it’s evident that he is much more hungrier than Aubameyang…

        1. Bob says:

          What issue did he have with Ozil? That was Emery. Arsenal higher ups decided to kick Ozil out because of his public statements about China.

      2. Declan says:

        It doesn’t end Eddie, see a couple more posts below this one. I’m certainly with you on this subject, apparently a manager can’t make changes unless he’s being unfair to X player or is punishing X player for something. So much rhetorical hyperbole and It really grinds my gears.

        1. Kedar says:

          There could be others reason as well like to boost Tavares Confidence…
          But we as a fans gets frustrated when we see something goes against our will or expectations and I don’t think it’s wrong to express your frustration here

          1. David says:

            Expressing your frustration by trying to discredit the manager and questioning his integrity is uncalled for and dishonourable

    3. guy says:

      Kedar. Tierney not DROPPED! He lost his place through injury and must wait to get back in. Please use the correct word.

  3. PJ-SA says:

    Decent team, we should dominate which will hopefully allow Ode to play a free role.

    Would prefer Laca to Auba though, especially because Newcastle will prob sit deep.

  4. gotanidea says:

    A strong starting line-up. I bet Odegaard starts because Arteta would like to pin the Toons’ defenders down

  5. Declan says:

    I’m not expecting Newcastle to sit back as they have quite a potent strike force but they are suspect at the back which on both counts is the opposite of our team.

  6. Reggie says:

    Agree with most of team, send them out to put right their wrongs but Laccas treatment poor, singled out and dropped again, no wonder he want to go. Odergaard makes our front two weak but shouldn’t matter against poor Newcastle 4-0.

    1. Angus says:

      Hahaha he was one of the worst on the pitch Vs Liverpool particularly tactically when ode came on too late we started beating the press through him (broke down shortly after but he was beating it.) Think Arteta got it wrong Vs liverpool on not bringing in ode for laca/lokonga and Tierney Vs tavares. Against high presses who will see a lot of the ball ode has to start over laca every time and against salah/Trent, Tierney all day. Otherwise should be based on form.

  7. Sue says:

    Come on you gunners!!!

    Awful conditions; hope all gooners/geordies arrived/return safely

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      You at the Emirates sue?

      1. Sue says:

        Not today, Kenya. Southampton is next for me!

  8. mikey says:

    lmao this manager is so predictable Aubameyang played worse than lacazette and yet he gets dropped saka and smith rowe seem undroppable no matter how bad they play it seem the only way martinelli gets chance is if arteta get sack and new manager is brought in

    1. gotanidea says:

      Lacazette is leaving. We shouldn’t drop Smith-Rowe or Saka for a fans’ favourite like Martinelli, just because they have one bad game

      1. Mambo says:

        Please, Marinelli can play lw and SR in Odegaards place. Odeggard canbe on bench

  9. Grandad says:

    For a number of reasons I am disappointed with the team selected and I am not as optimistic as some who predict a comfortable win.I would not be surprised if Newcastle get a ” bounce” from their new Manager and get a point, at least.Sorry to sound so despondent and hope I am proved wrong.

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      A draw is a possibility grandad, early kick off games are not out best games but I expect a hard fought win.

  10. Kenya 001 says:

    Good lineup.COYG👌
    I think Tavares starts purely because
    couldn’t bench him. That error ftt55he made the past week, and then get benched could have ruined the boys confidence! Good thinking from the manager.

    1. Iam_Deejaey says:

      Someone speaks sense finally

  11. PJ-SA says:

    Hoping Newcastle give us a tough game, can only make the team better!

    A push over game todays won’t benefit us, barring the 3 points obv.

    1. Declan says:

      They are certainly not making it easy for us so far.

  12. FootballisTrivial says:

    Don’t see the point of Odegaard when you already have ESR. Maybe someone can explain his requirement in the team.

    1. Declan says:

      Øde is central mid behind striker and ESR is playing left mid.

      1. FootballisTrivial says:

        Isn’t ESR a better fit for the role, and a better performer? Maybe Martinelli on the left could be tried?

        1. Mambo says:

          yes, thats what I thought too.

    2. PJ-SA says:

      Its to give Ode a free role cz he’s a Ozil type play….loads of skill but doesn’t seem to siut the EPL either

  13. Pco says:

    Callum Wilson is the type of striker we need!

    1. Kedar says:

      I would prefer Calvert-Lewin

  14. Ackshay says:

    Lack of runs is the reasons for most of our problems. Midfield dont give options when passing from the back and little to no runs from our attacking players when in opponent half.

  15. Sean Williams says:

    Lack of pace and intensity. If they play such slow sideways football it won’t entertain us or maybe even help us win. Is Aubameyang on the pitch?

  16. Peterhos says:

    So far I am enjoying this performance. No great cutting edge, but we are looking organised and a style of play is starting to evolve. A work in progress? Good to see Tavares and Tomiyasu playing with both feet.

  17. PJ-SA says:

    Our press is so half hearted today, not looking good at all. Slow passing and Auba invisible.

    Need to pick it up!

  18. Highbury Hero says:

    That was extremely quick reflex from Ramsdale.

  19. RW1 says:

    Very poor … no movement no strategy no threat … we are just going to repeat the man utd mistake of keeping on a neophyte manager way out of his depth

  20. Sue says:

    Anfield hangover??

  21. Ackshay says:

    Why bother playing aubameyang if you are gonna play a playstyle that doesn’t suit him at all. Lacazette would suit this playstyle much better.

    1. Kstyx says:

      Did the play style ask him to miss that sitter?

  22. Kedar says:

    We only have possession… Nothing else so far

    1. Perry ames says:

      The miss of the century absolutely awful and he looks so disinterested

  23. Kedar says:

    How Aubameyang missed that??
    How

  24. SueP says:

    Gordon Bennett!!

  25. RW1 says:

    Aubemayang need to be put out to pasture … the fans who blasted ozil but tolerate this guy need to get real

  26. Highbury Hero says:

    Miss of the 21st century to rival Yakubu’s.

  27. Sean Williams says:

    Aubameyang hasn’t got it. Lost his edge. Age has betrayed him.

    1. Ackshay says:

      That’s not age related, his head is completely gone. Look at his face minutes after that miss, still calculating how he didn’t score.

  28. Kev82 says:

    2 of the bottom 3 have scored more goals than Arsenal – Progression 😆

    1. RW1 says:

      I believe it’s called the process

      1. Kev82 says:

        That’s what edu, vinai, Kronk Jr and Mr Arteta call it… The Arteta brigade think we’re massively improving 😜

        1. Mambo says:

          lol, I need what they smoking, its clearly the good shit.

        2. Kedar says:

          Same brigade used to smash Wenger on achieving top 4 but happy with this progress

    2. Dan kit says:

      And to think Kev I gave up a round of golf in gale force winds to watch this .

      1. Kev82 says:

        Playing a round of golf with storm Arwen seems more appealing Dan 😂

    3. Sue says:

      They’ll drive me to drink, Kev 🤣

      1. Kev82 says:

        Haha you’ll need a litre bottle of vodka after Thursday night then Sue 😆

        1. Sue says:

          And the rest 😝

          1. Kev82 says:

            You’d be out like a light after a bottle of hooch Sue 😆 joking 😄

            1. Sue says:

              🤣🤣 brilliant, love it! You’re not wrong!!

              1. Kev82 says:

                Lol you wouldn’t be the only one Sue 🤪

      2. Ackshay says:

        Don’t drink and drive Sue😅

        1. Sue says:

          🤣👍 You’re on top form today, Ackshay

  29. FootballisTrivial says:

    Should Aubameyang be subbed off for that?

  30. PJ-SA says:

    Not sure what Auba needs to do to get a solid run on the bench??

  31. Kedar says:

    What Tavares is doing…
    Only haywire shooting without any accuracy…

  32. Sean Williams says:

    It’s 0-0, bring Martinelli on.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Way too early….looking more like 88th minute sub followed by people saying, “Well he never changes a game for us” 😂

      1. NY_Gunner says:

        @PJ-SA
        Spot on Gooner…😂😂😂😂

  33. Perry ames says:

    Maybe the players need to spend more time doing shooting practice this next week as today has been embarrassing

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      Tell that to Tavares. Does he even aim for the goal? 😂

      1. Ackshay says:

        Bullshit tavares is the best shooter since Wilkinson. Just look at those kicks🤣

        1. Sue says:

          🤣🤣 love it

        2. Mambo says:

          Looks like Tavares is practicing his sand wedge shots

      2. PJ-SA says:

        Thought a couple of those were going for a throw in!

  34. PJ-SA says:

    On a positive note….Gabriel seems to be completely dominating Wilson. Other than that, not too much.

  35. Dan kit says:

    Edge of your seat stuff ..
    Can not wait for the second half .

  36. Quantic Dream says:

    Bring on Tierney, Tavares is shit.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      Shooting is terrible but at least he’s putting in a shift and trying to make something happen!

      I’d take off Auba and Ode long before him.

      1. Highbury Hero says:

        Agreed about Tavares and Ode.

    2. Kstyx says:

      Now u see Tavares

  37. gotanidea says:

    Odegaard lost the ball too many times in the first twenty minutes and Aubameyang should’ve buried it. White and Ramsdale were outstanding in the first half

    1. Kedar says:

      Aubameyang should be subbed for Lacazzett…
      Martinelli for Odegaard…

      1. gotanidea says:

        Maybe Arteta will do that after eighty minutes, if we can’t score

        1. Kedar says:

          What’s the use doing that so late?

          1. gotanidea says:

            I guess Arteta trusted Aubameyang and Odegaard, so he might keep them in the game for at least seventy minutes

  38. Sean Williams says:

    Odegaard totally ineffectual. No intensity. No midfield maestro creating play. It’s a NO performance. We still have 45 min, give Martinelli a chance, Auba is not on the Arsenal planet…anonymous to say the least.

    1. Kedar says:

      I don’t how he is better than Ozil in terms of Creativity…

  39. Highbury Hero says:

    Not a bad half and not good either. We can’t break them. They are playing for a point and if they get us with a counter attack it is going to be very difficult.

    We must be 4th after this game so hoping for a different second half.

    Odergard and ESR still does not work.

    1. RW1 says:

      They are propping up the division for gods sake .. it was an awful 45 minutes of football

    2. Kedar says:

      We won’t even if we win because of our amazing GD
      Yes if we beat them by 14 goal margin then we can be on 4th

    3. Kev82 says:

      We’d have to win about 13-0 to go 4th 😅

      1. Kedar says:

        Not 13-0… it should 14-0 because if we win by 13-0 then we will tie up GD with Westham…

        1. Kev82 says:

          And jump above them on goals scored 😜

    4. Highbury Hero says:

      🤕🤕🥴

  40. PJ-SA says:

    Newcastle should’ve had a penalty 100%.

    Without Ramsdale we’d likely be around 13th in the table…single handedly (excuse the pun) keeping MA out of the sh!!te.

    1. Kstyx says:

      Well said

    2. Mambo says:

      There is no process, it is just lies that the vast majority of brainless fans will buy into.

  41. Walex says:

    Ozil didn’t do more worst than what aubameyang has been in the last couple of months.

  42. Sean Williams says:

    Saka’s ball great, reaction to it, sad.

  43. Sue says:

    SAKAAAAAAA!!!!!

    1. Kstyx says:

      He deserves that Sue. Been superb this second half

      1. Sue says:

        Damn right, Kstyx. Hope he can carry on 🤞

  44. RW1 says:

    Our best player deserves that …

  45. Kedar says:

    I hope he is not offside

  46. SueP says:

    Excellent!!

  47. PJ-SA says:

    Game plan working, bypass Auba and let our defence create!

  48. Sean Williams says:

    That was as sharp as a needle.

  49. Kstyx says:

    Now we see why Tavares is given that starting shirt. Not to take anything from the brilliant Tierney. But tavares has been unplayable

    1. Kedar says:

      Tierney is we better than him
      Miles ahead in terms of quality

  50. gotanidea says:

    And some people here said Tavares was shit 😂

    Watch his creativity

    1. Kedar says:

      I guess only one member…
      Not people buddy

      1. Kedar says:

        And I think Tierney should be back against United

        1. gotanidea says:

          As long as Tierney is reluctant to cut inside, he can’t be our main attacking LB

          1. Kedar says:

            I don’t see Robertson and TAA cut inside every now and then but still they both are amazing as attacking fullbacks… And Liverpool doesn’t use Big strong and powerful CF yet they score many tap ins
            I don’t see Ashley Cole used to cut inside still they we

            1. gotanidea says:

              Our left overload tactic requires a good attacking LB who can do more than just making long crosses from the byline. Watch how Italy and Man City play with their attacking LBs

  51. Highbury Hero says:

    Two more goals to go. We won’t be 4th as I have just been informed but if we keep beating the lesser teams it is only a matter of time.

  52. PJ-SA says:

    Saka injured unfortunately, been completely overplayed already this season. Usage of our bench to keep players fresh has been poor even when cruising games…was always a risk.

  53. Sue says:

    MARTINELLIIIIIII what an introduction!

    1. Kev82 says:

      Sweeeeet happy for Gabs 😄

      1. Sue says:

        Brilliant finish, Kev 👌

        1. Kev82 says:

          Excellent Sue and wonderful assist from Tomiyasu 👀

  54. SueP says:

    Really pleased, I really am! Great!!

  55. Kedar says:

    Absolutely fabulous by Martinelli and Tomiyasu

  56. Walex says:

    What a goal by martinelli

  57. Ackshay says:

    What a pass !!!!!
    What a goal

  58. PJ-SA says:

    Ya Martinelli is terrible and doesn’t deserve minutes and us that want to see him get a run of starts are delusional 😂

    Technically fantastic goal, especially considering he just came on.

    1. Kstyx says:

      That goal was a beauty. A breath of fresh air.

    2. Kedar says:

      I don’t see why he can’t play up top

    3. Skills1000 says:

      yes PJ. I was not expecting him to score that goal. it looks easy. one thing about martinelli is the fact that he chases everything.

  59. Bob says:

    Well, the fans are vindicated, haha, that was beautiful.

    1. Bob says:

      (and I’m not on the side of starting Martinelli, but he should definitely be subbing in more to show if he can start. )

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Well said Bob…give the guy a good 30 mins in a few games and let him start the odd EPL game.

        This routine of giving him 1-5 mins every few games is BS and also can cause players to be over played…..e.g. Saka injury now

  60. Skills1000 says:

    Martinelli is a beast. This guy is a gem. Saka needs a rest.

    That technique is top quality

  61. Kstyx says:

    Martinelli definitely deserves to start more than Aubameyang now. Auba couldn’t have scored that.

  62. Sean Williams says:

    Great goal

  63. Break-on-through says:

    That’s the stuff!

  64. Walex says:

    I think arteta wasn’t happy he scored

    1. ArsenalWhy says:

      Hahahahahaha 😂😂😂 come on man, you can’t really believe that.

  65. Highbury Hero says:

    We have our very own Mbappe or Halaand who rots on the bench. What a player!

    1. Kstyx says:

      Spot on HH. Arteta probably frowned on that. Now there’s pressure to start him

        1. Kstyx says:

          Because he scored SueP. It will be a hard job not to start martinelli in the next game

          1. SueP says:

            Hope he does Kstyx

  66. PJ-SA says:

    Lokonga looking very leggy now, think it’s time to bring on AMN for some fresh legs in the midfield.

  67. Kstyx says:

    Good Sub

    1. Kstyx says:

      Never thought I’d see it.

  68. Joe. S says:

    Why indeed. Why does Arteta cling to his favorites? Tried and tested or simply biased?

  69. Sean Williams says:

    Odegaard not doing it.

  70. Sue says:

    Saka MOTM 👍

  71. PJ-SA says:

    Gabriel MOTM for me to be honest. Totally dominant over Wilson and stabled the base for our attack.

  72. Ackshay says:

    So aubameyang robs me of 3pts $60 and a personal bet… BENCHED next match!!!

    1. Sue says:

      Oh dear!!

  73. Sean Williams says:

    Can’t believe that act of violence on Martinelli was not a penalty

    1. Angus says:

      Agree. Shoulders a slightly less pointy bone than the elbow but still a bone. Didn’t try to play the ball and hit his face, curious decision.

  74. Kev82 says:

    Important win! Onto Old Trafford on Thursday big performance needed 😄

  75. Joe. S says:

    Three points. Can’t argue with that. The game at Old Trafford will define the season. Certain players need to step up. Isn’t that right Auba and Ode?

  76. Lord Mortivor says:

    But… but… How did we won against such great team, they played 1:1 with mighty Brighton two rounds before🤔

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Pardon Lord Party Pooper?

      1. Lord Mortivor says:

        Not at all Pat, I am very pleased with a win and the performance, just wanted to point out with a little sarcasm how stupid were those coments a week ago saying that Brighton played draw at Anfield.

        1. Admin Pat says:

          LOL okay mate, i like a bit of sarcasm, but maybe we needa sarcasm emoji so others dont get upset lol

        2. Angus says:

          Fanbase is in a weird place currently with all the different currents that swirling around, misunderstandings are natural. Onwards and upwards 🙂

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