Newcastle v Arsenal team news, match preview and score prediction – Time to see some pressing

Arsenal Team News….

Kolasinac & Ozil – Not playing for “security reasons”

Alex Lacazette
Right ankle. Will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match at Newcastle.

Nicolas Pepe – Regaining full match fitness following late return from African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.

Hector Bellerin – Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation. Aiming to participate in full training in October.

Kieran Tierney – Groin. Will continue to receive treatment and assessments. Hoping to integrate into full training in 4-6 weeks

Rob Holding – Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation and now participating in full training with the first team.

Dinos Mavropanos – Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessment. Will be out of action for at least 6-8 weeks.

Emile Smith Rowe – Groin. Progressing well in training and aiming to re-join the first team squad in 1-2 weeks.

Mohamed Elneny – Regaining full match fitness following late return from African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.

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Finally, it is match day and nothing short of three points will be enough for Arsenal, especially after the wins by Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham.

It is difficult to know exactly what sort of team Unai Emery will put out with so many injuries, Ozil and Kolasinac security issues and questions about Lacazette and will he be passed fit.

I am still not convinced that our record signing Pepe will start due to lack of pre-season minutes but regardless, I am very confident that Arsenal will be too strong for Steve Bruce’s men.

The biggest issue for me is the defence, will Luiz hit the ground running? Will we see the same flaws as last season? Will we be just as bad on the road as we have been for quite a while now?

All that said, it has to be acknowledged that Newcastle is a very limited side, they have their own turmoil to deal with and the reality is that if we are serious about finishing top-four then we must be beating teams like Newcastle in their own back yard.

I get the feeling that Emery is looking to adopt a high pressing game, a bit like how Man City play, that is why there was such a focus on bringing in a new winger and attacking midfielder.

This, of course, comes with risk but possession and dominance works fine for City and it should work fine for Arsenal, they have the quality players now to be able to pull off this way of playing.

The strikers have to be clinical in front of the goal, that is what separates Man City and Liverpool apart, Arsenal forwards cannot waste their chances.

So, that is what I fully expect to see today, a high pressing game with relentless pressure, both when Arsenal have the ball and when they do not.

Newcastle is there for the taking but only if Arsenal get their strategy and game plan right and I am confident they will.

Predicted Score

Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal.



  1. So many Gunners have groin problems and most of the injured players are defenders. Therefore I predict Emery would use 4-2-3-1, due to the lack of defenders:

    Maitland-Niles . Mustafi . Sokratis . Monreal
    …………Guendouzi …….. Xhaka
    Nelson …………. Willock ……… Mkhitaryan

    1. Don’t see why Pepe cannot play against Newcastle. Ivory Coast were eliminated at the quarterfinals. Algeria went as far as the final with Riyad Mahrez and yet he played for ManCity on Saturday.

  2. seems almost to pick itself given injuries and fitness issues .. sadly i suspect emery will include amn at RB and xhaka .. i assume torreira is fit as he was brought on at end of barca game and pepe will be on the bench so for me it would be

    Chambers sok luiz monreal
    torreira guendozhi cebellos
    auba martinelli

  3. Buzzing for today… hair, and lots of it!! Yellow sweat bands… our little terrier…. new signings… front flip… can’t wait! COYG

  4. I’d start Luiz oland Sokratis at Centerback. Put Ceballos in Ozil’s place.


    1. Me too. Both Torreira and Laca
      I’d feel more comfortable with Torreira at the back of midfield protecting the defenders

      Hopefully we can get a clean sheet but I’d be more than satisfied with any type of win

    1. That’s a good question
      I’m quite curious (not just because I care about their safety which I obviously do but also I’m interested to know how it relates to the incident).

      It leads to further questions:

      Will this affect their security in future matches?
      Why Newcastle?
      Is this gang related or a criminal organisation?
      Were there threats against their lives?

      I hope and pray the Police sorts this out, not just because I want them available. (I’m selfish but NOT that selfish). I feel sorry for them and their families who must be still shaken ?

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