Image: Arsenal’s team is confirmed for the Newcastle clash

The teams are out for tonight’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle at the Emirates.

The Gunners will be looking to take all three points and climb back inside the top-half of the table with a win, while Newcastle will be hoping to end a seven-match winless streak.

Pablo Mari had already been confirmed as missing but we were earlier awaiting news on Kieran Tierney, and thankfully he is fit and ready.

What are your predictions after seeing the team?

Patrick

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118 Comments

  1. The Newcastle line up is quite strange with Joelinton, Carroll and Wilson all starting.

    Hope Saka gets taken off 1st, kid needs a break

  2. I don’t expect to see Luis on the starting Xi when we have Gabriel fit. Arteta will still not do away with his politics and bias selections

      1. biase? who bought Manghalese?, who constantly used in for all our matches even when luiz and mari were fit

  3. I think we’d have another difficulty in breaking Newcastle’s defense, since Magalhaes is on the bench. I hope Xhaka’s passes could replace Magalhaes’ on the left

  4. getting out the pipe and slippers putting on the ovaltine but expect to be fast asleep by 8.15 watching this combination … with a bit of luck will wake up when martinelli comes on in 85th minute to score the winner …

    1. I hope so for his sake. Wonderfully talented gentleman, will fit into most top teams.

      He has been lied to by more than 1 manager promising that he is part of the first team plans.

    2. I hope not but his performance in the last game was pretty dire and merits a consequence. Even accounting for the fact he was played out of position, his normal coolness (which I love) was replaced by a low energy casualness (which I hate)

      The frustrating bit for me is that others seem to be given a much longer leash when they dial in performances.

  5. Thanks for:
    No Nketiah
    No AMN
    No Willock
    No Nelson
    No El nini
    No Willian
    Also do not use them as subs. Let them doze off.

  6. The 1st 5 minutes will be the indicator on wether or not I will waste another evening watching this crap but I’m feeling good about it tonight 3-1 win

  7. Good luck today, Gunners. Wont be able to watch the match today but I sure hope that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I would see a win.
    COYG!

  8. Between Luiz and Xhaka, I really hope they don’t dwell on the ball like they are prone to do. We need to have faster attacks so Newcastle don’t have the time to organize their low block.

    Hoping for a 1-0 win, I don’t see us getting multiple goals this match

  9. Bellerin too much of sideway and back passing. No crosses. Last game even his team mates got annoyed with him. MA has drained his confidence..

  10. Luiz keeps his place so presumably we’ll be subjected to the same turgid slow build up.But he’s an Arteta favourite and keeps his place despite Gabriel offering far better balance
    I dont care how poorly AMN played last time out at left back he’s still a far better right back than Cedric….(another Arteta favourite)…Lets hope that the rest of the team aided by the fact that we’re playing a piss-poor Newcastle side manage to score a goal or two as there isn’t anyone on the bench other than Martinelli to make any difference.

    1. Scoring goals is a real use. Duh
      But he offers little else apart from that. Can’t underestimate his ability to score though.

  11. 3 home games in a row huh?
    Two against the same opposition.
    You think Newcastle would have learned a bit from being knocked out of a comp.

    1. Forward line has been very wasteful this season.
      They don’t score early enough and thus justifying all the initial position. This increases pressure on the defense later on. We have a great defense now but it’s not stellar to keep a clean sheet forever.

    1. seems we will have to rely on him. They’re just not cutting it lately… Auba especially, everything is just off with his finishing this season.

  12. Can we not see its offside ffs and this is piss poor embarrassing scandalous for an arsenal side to show no heart

  13. Just how long of arteta doing the same thing over and over again does it take for fans to start waking up to the problem with this team? We are a bottom half of the table team and we look like it

    1. The only thing Arteta needs to do is get a new striker, and put Martinelli on. I dont think there’s much wrong at the moment. It just breaks down when the ball comes to Auba or Laca in dangerous areas. Not much he can do about that if the players aren’t showing their qualities. ESR, Saka, Partey, Xhaka have all been moving the ball very well. Cedric with good crosses, no issues at the back…

      1. There is no pace or movement through the middle … partey is quality but he needs players around him … holding and Luiz are seeing more of ball than xhaka and smith Rowe which just doesn’t put pressure on teams … Newcastle are comfortable so far

        1. ESR has been good on the ball today. If we want to get the ball to our forwards better we need a more forward thinking player than Xhaka. Too often he takes too long or back passes. It’s because he konws he loses the ball a lot.

      2. Even if we manage to win tonight, I think it is so obvious that we need massive changes at the club. No goals in one and a half games and not many chances created doesn’t bode well for the future. Too many untouchables in the team imo and it’s not that I think we have a divine right to win games but I’m of the opinion that you actually put the effort in and we are not trying hard enough. Aubameyang is not a captain never will be he is a goalscorer that’s his job

  14. If Aubameyang can’t be replaced by Martinelli, we’d likely not able to break Newcastle’s defense. Both Lacazette and Aubameyang didn’t play well in the first half

  15. i guess Aubameyang is trying to stay fit for our next match, hun? not a bad half but our wingers needs to get involved more

    1. Xhaka has been ok but he has slowed the game down alot. Partey settles the midfield,gives it to Xhaka and then he passes sideways of backwards….slow slow slow

  16. I wonder how many years of this turgid plodding dross do we have to suffer under Arteta.A Manager devoid of ideas.
    Passing the ball to death does not create chances.

  17. The ball movement has been good.
    Except when the ball lands to Aubameyang it results in nothing. He can’t dribble or make runs. And these days he can’t even shoot.
    Lacazette is just anonymous. Dissapointing front 2 at least.

      1. Yes not bad from Cedric. Bellerin likes to go in penalty box. That is all we need in this game.
        With ESR and saka it is perfect for Bellerin.

  18. I share Alan Shearer’s disgust at how average both these teams are. Xhaka is never a joy to watch and the Auba. Laca. pairing is again like playing with ten men

    1. Can’t agree more … 135 minutes of regular football against one of the worst teams in epl and we can’t put ball in the net …

  19. Arsenal need to shoot more from outside the box.

    Like way more..
    It has been a problem even when Wenger was there. Arsenal are guaranteed possession in these games, then why are they afraid to shoot more?

  20. Auba and Laca their positioning has been poor in the final third. Esr, Saka, even Xhaka are moving the ball well; just no one in a position to finish.

    I’d move Auba to the middle and bring on Martinelli to replace him on the wing. All those crosses won’t win us the game, been there tried that.

    Over to Arteta, the “tactician.”

    1. Partey makes such a difference. He’s always thinking forward and looking for a forward pass. Opposite of Elneny.

      1. Seems like you spoke too soon. Arteta brings on Elneny for the ‘forward-thinking’ Thomas.

    1. right foot is better. Left seems capable though. Wouldn’t say same level as Santi who had two equally magic feet.

  21. MA is lucky young guns helped bring back the energy required, as all this big players would have gotten him sacked

    1. Partey was great throughout. But yes, youngsters are carrying the attack still. Happy Auba back on the scoresheet tho. Let us hope this brings his confidence back. We’ve missed his contributions big time.

      1. Yes Sue. A good game. I just wish we dont hav any injuries. Keeping Martinelli and Partey fit is paramount. I’m very hopeful we can make top 4 this season.

  22. A lot of fans complaining. At the end we won by 3 goals. We need to support the team. No easy games anymore. 3 points is all that matters. What matters at this stage is getting 3 points every game. Well done guys

    1. @Skills. I am fed up with their complains.
      Bet they know better than MA. They started complaining as soon as the line-up was out.

      Shout out to Cedric, ESR, Saka and my countryman Partey.πŸ™Œ

  23. 3 points, clean sheet and no injuries! Can’t ask for more πŸ˜€

    Added bonus of Aubameyang scoring 2. Hope the floodgates open up for him again (and his past record suggest they will) and our “fans” stop moaning and get off his back.

    Additional added bonus – Thomas Partey.

    1. I get sick of fans saying “fans” as we are all fans of our club but some of us dont think we are all entitled to an opinion even if it isn’t positive. Everyone of us is entitled to have a say so grow up and stop using “” to try and make yourself more interesting

      1. Yes Perry. But at this stage, we just have to support the team. Every player should be supported. I have not been impressed with Willian, but I just want him to score his first Arsenal goal. I want him to raise his game. Same as Saka. When emwe have all our attackers in fine form it will benefit the team in the long haul. This season brought a lot of surprises. Look at Sheffield United. A team that almost make Europa last season, they only won 1 match in 19 games. Liverpool is struggling also. We beat Man United in October and they are on top of the league right now. We should show some positive energy and support Every player that wears the shirt. Cheers

  24. We’ve definitely got a good one in Partey. Wrap him up in cotton wool. The likes of Saka and ESR will learn a lot playing besides him. There is a good team waiting to break out which requires two important signings. Trouble is some of us have been saying it for 15 years now. Actually this was also the catch cry amongst Arsenal fans in the late seventies, when we had Brady, Stapleton and O Leary. Just two good signings and we could have win the League. At least on a positive note, let’s hope the next two transfer windows will lead to much better things.

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