I expect Arteta to go back to a full strength Arsenal XI today – Here’s my predicted line-up

My predicted line up vs Newcastle

Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal squad will be traveling to face off against Newcastle United this afternoon at St James Park, Arsenal currently coming off a bad loss to West Ham, and Newcastle coming off a win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup. This game is set to be a big one for both teams and will be a challenge for Arteta and his squad. After the disappointing loss against West Ham I’d expect Arteta to go back to full strength, here’s how I expect Arsenal to line up.

In goal I think Raya slips straight back into the number one slot. Ramsdale had a pretty poor game against West Ham and I think Arteta will want to continue building Raya’s confidence and lately Raya has looked a lot better between the sticks.

In defence I’d go for a back four of Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Saliba and White. We could see Zinchenko instead of Tomiyasu but I expect he was left out mid-week so he would be freshly available for this game against Newcastle. Saliba, Gabriel and White have been pretty solid all season, other than a few mistakes in the last game for White, when they all play together the team is a lot more solid at the back and can read each other’s plays.

In the midfield I’d go for a three of Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard and Jorginho. Odegaard came on for the last 10 minutes of the game against West Ham and managed to bag a goal back and looked like he could be back to his best. Rice for me must start, without him in the middle we looked completely open against West Ham and Jorginho feels like the right choice to help rice stop the attacks through the middle.

In attack, I’d go for Eddie Nketiah in the middle and Bukayo Saka and Martinelli on the wings. Both Saka and Martinelli were rested against West Ham and I think that was primarily to keep them fresh for this game against Newcastle, both with a lot of pace and we might need it against Newcastle’s backline. Nketiah in the middle, he had a great game against Sheffield United but didn’t look as onto it in our match against West Ham, but I’d expect him to get another start. We could possibly see Havertz there but because Arteta hasn’t used him there often yet, I doubt it.

What’s your thoughts Gooners?

Daisy Mae


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    1. Yes, the Magpies seems to be a properly run club, even though wash with a whole pisspot load of mone, they don’t throw money at players as the Citizens initially did.

      But Arsenal needs a New Managing director to contain the gaffer impulsive targets.
      Marina Granoskaia a lady that would be perfect to eliminate impulsive spending and run the club with great financial disciplines.

    2. They have spent money not as much as us but not porpers. They also did finish behind us last year, are behind us now and don’t play Brighton attacking gung ho football.

      Think Howe is doing a great job though and Newcastle are only going to go from strength to strength with the way they are being run.

      Still let’s not paint a false picture. Arsenal’s squad cost less than City, Liverpool, Chelsea and United’s current squads and the wage bill is still less so let’s not pretend Arsenal have been spending insane money and it was a given we’d rise to title challengers.

      1. Lets not pretend otherwise and give false representations to fuel your view. We have a far bigger net spend than City, utd and Liverpool. The only team we are behind is Chelsea. Plus our wage bill now is a lot higher than the last figures quoted, we are rapidly closing that gap, to a minimal amount. Don’t try to make excuses that are not valid.

        1. Reggie
          I agree 100%. I’m glad we are competitive again, don’t get me wrong.

          However, we joined right along with Chelsea, Utd., and City in buying our way to the top.

          We can debate the “degree,” meaning net spending, but we can’t deny the open wallet, checkbook managing approach our club has chosen.

          To slate the other clubs for “buying” titles or chances would make us hypocrites, based on our “process” the last several years.

          I’m not complaining about it, I admit the big spending approach and don’t lie or deny the reality of the situation.

  1. We are down to bones again as a direct result of poor planning

    ————-Eleney —‘—Rice

    The big German has to leads the line is this tough away encounter

      1. Lol, happy you see the fun side of it, hope today is the day the German international and champions league winner comes alive, as they say class is permanent.

        Surely you would expect the £280 ,000 man a week have an hand in the outcome ?

      2. I smile too at this wrong use of English!

        But bear in mind Gunsmoke is not English and so English is NOT HIS NATURAL LANGUAGE , so he lacks the understanding of how to use it correctly that natural English speakers do.

  2. This is a game I’d really consider Tomi at LB and zinchenko in midfield, and asking rice to sit deeper. I think we will need rice’s defensive power more than jorginho’s passing, and zin can contribute more in an attacking sense.

  3. I agree with most of your team selection Daisy, though I think Havertz could well be employed as a false 9 with Nketiah on the bench. Tomi was rested midweek for this game and a far better defender, attacker and passer than Zinchenko in my opinion. I know we beat them there last season and only us and Liverpool have won there since 2021, but even though they have injuries, it will be a very difficult place to get a win this season as Howe has done an amazing job.

  4. I would like to see Zinchenko in the midfield, on the left side. He plays there for Ukraine and he could give defence splitting passes to the front 3 from that position. Definitely, Tomiyasu takes the LB position as he is a very good defender.
    White Saliba Gabriel Tomiyasu
    Odegaard Rice Zinchenko
    Saka Nketiah Martinelli

  5. Kai should be starting ahead of nketiah, his ariel prowess and more instinct with filing the final third is an important aspect in today’s game. Newcastle has giant centre backs and will need a challenge for tha ball in that specific field and nketiah goes abit missing but could be pivotal in the later minutes of the game.
    Tomi is ideal for the lb as we need a more defensive approach in that area, his energy and pace could be effective in both attack and defence, combining with Gabriel martini and providing a make shift in centre to let be and Co explore the attacking spaces.
    Raya – Ben_Gabriel_willy_tomi
    Bukayo_ kai_ martinelli.

  6. I largely agree with your prediction. I want Tomiyasu instead of Zinchenko. Can we have alternative for Jorginho? He is slow and doesn’t progress the ball while Newscastle boys are very fast and sharp. I don’t want a repeat of Totenharm game pls

    1. Eleney is the only solution, though limited in his technical abilities, he will be needed in what promises to be a busy afternoon

  7. I hope fans now understand why Smith-rowe hasn’t been getting so much playtime, he’s still very fragile.

  8. Haverz will NOT be deployed as a striker. He as shown nothing of what is being said by some. Like it or not Eddie at the moment is our striker. Playing Haverz who does not deserve it would be like a Raya and Ramsdale situation.

    1. So I don’t like it. Eddie is mediocre and will easily nullified by Newcastel’s defense. Kai or Trossard would be better.

  9. Jorginho started there last year when we won 2-0. So we can win with him. But I prefer Zinchenko as 8, Tomi LB, Kai 9.

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