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?
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