Newcastle v Arsenal Preview, Team News, Line-Up and Score Prediction

So Arsenal travel up to St James Park today aiming to continue their improvement under Unai Emery and after our win at Cardiff he hopes to banish the memory of our awayday blues from last season. Newcastle finished 10th under Rafa Benitez last season, but after a very unimpressive pre-season and even worse transfer window the fans are very angry, especially as they have managed just one point from a 0-0 draw with Cardiff so far in this campaign.

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Here is Newcastle’s record over the last 10 games, including pre-season….

So it’s no wonder that there is a protest against Mike Ashley planned for before today’s game so the fans can voice their displeasure. But the fact is that Newcastle only lost by one goal Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City so maybe they are better than the bare form suggests. The Magpies could make it hard for Arsenal today if our defence continues to be ineffective. Benitez has promised to attack Arsenal as he thinks they are vulnerable at the back. He said: “Obviously, Arsenal will be tough, because it’s another top side, but maybe we have a little more chance. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s bad, because you take more risks, but you have to do it.”

But after two wins under their belt the Gunners should be feeling a little more confident, but this will be another big test of whether the team have come to terms with Emery’s tactics. This is what Emery said when he was asked where he is looking for the team to improve against Newcastle. He said: “In the process, and firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won. Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively, and it is clear this process is one process. Saturday is another step we can do, it will be difficult but I want to continue [to show] our personality on the pitch and impose this personality on the opposition and to find the win.”

We certainly hope they find the win as well, and we really could do with another away win to give us belief that we can still make the Top Four, and to be honest anything less than three points at troubled Newcastle would be unacceptable to the fans.

As for the Arsenal team news, Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sead Kolasinac and Carl Jenkinson remain out. We luckily didn’t get any injuries while the players were away on international duty, but as Xhaka, Lichtsteiner, Welbeck and Sokratis all played on Tuesday they will have fitness tests to test their recovery. I think they should all be okay though. The boss seems determined that Torreira will be introduced slowly, so here is my predicted line-up…..

Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Guendouzi – Xhaka
Ozil – Ramsey – Aubameyang

Emery is determined to stick with this defensive line-up, so we can only hope that they start playing as a unit for once, but I’m not feeling very confident at all!

So I am hoping we score more than them again and will predict a 3-2 win for the Arsenal.

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  1. gotanidea says:

    I hope Arsenal fullbacks can track Newcastle’s runners well. Kenedy and Perez have explosive pace, which would be tough to be marked by Monreal and Bellerin

    The center backs have to be able to contain the physicalities of Rondon and Joselu as well

    If Arsenal can steal the first goal, they just need to be more organized in defense and prepare some counter-attacks. I have got a hunch that Lacazette would score if he starts

  2. AkayMoney says:

    Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal

  3. Goonster says:

    And what is all this nonsense aka Torreira pussyfooting by Emery? For a whole month and he still has not gotten up to speed or gotten used to the League / team?
    All the other new signings at different clubs seem to have been thrust into their teams while we are still in limbo when it comes to Torreira. Even a young boy like Guendouzi was thrust into the team instantly m, even if he himself is new to the league.

    Has Emery found out that may be he is just a squad substitute player? This reminds me of Lacazette, since we bought him he has just been used as a back up striker / off the bench squad player.

    Am i just being paranoid? 🙂

  4. Innit says:

    I hope the defensive part of the line-up is something similar to:


  5. ThirdManJW says:

    We should definitely drop Ozil, and Xhaka for this one. Torreira, and Mkhitaryan I’d like to see come in for those two. I’d bring in Leno, and Lich as well. Time to start picking our strongest lineups.

    1. Southwest says:

      Drop Ozil? You dont mean it. Wait, they are coming for you, they will soon arrive.

    2. Phil says:

      TMJW-I hope you know that you will never be welcome to join the Mesut Ozil Appreciation Society that Sue and I started.Our membership has really grown now (three and that includes Me and Sue) But I think we will blank any membership application you make.
      Which is a pity because we need the money

      1. Sue says:

        Not even double figures yet Phil….☹

        1. Phil says:

          I’m expecting a big rush for membership any day now Sue.

  6. Southwest says:

    I hope Iwobi can step out and perform today, wanna see another shakushaku steps to keep the haters waiting…

  7. GanjaMan says:

    After waiting for the international break to be over I now have to wait another week to watch The Arsenal. Seems we’re the only team in the top 6 that won’t be aired where I’m from. Infuriating! Can someone tell me again why we can’t show our own games live on

    1. Phil says:

      Copyright regulations from the Premiere League and Sky.Why don’t you try streaming the game

      1. stubill says:

        If you want to watch it here in England you’ll have to stream it as well, it’s not televised here either.

      2. GanjaMan says:

        Tried in the past but they were all poor. Any recommendations?

        1. Sue says:

          Match of the day at 10.30 ?

          1. Phil says:

            I’m not there today Sue-I passed my seats to Ken1945 today so you know who to blame if we don’t win

        2. stubill says:

          The only two I’ve use are; totalsportek and vipbox. Both are an exercise in patience, first finding a link that works reasonably and secondly getting rid of all the pop-ups.

          1. GanjaMan says:

            Thank you

  8. stubill says:

    Just heard the line up for today is the same as our last game.

  9. herb says:

    Its Ramsey, Bellerin and Xhaka again!!!!!
    This is a SURE draw or WIN for Newcastle.
    Enough of the fu….king around; EMERY.

  10. Leon says:

    Watching Liverppol trouncing Spurs.
    I just wonder what would could have been if we had replaced Wenger with Klopp.
    I have nothing against Emery I just don’t see us being successful with him…

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      klopp has yet to win anything in his first 4 seasons…

      he had a good owner that grant him his wish list of players

      klopp wants a quality cb he gets one…wants a gk he gets

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Arsenal missed out on Klopp due to sticking with Arsene Wenger; no use even mentioning it or other managers no longer available.

  11. Leon says:

    If Xhaka is keeping Torreira out of the side then they must have found something overwhelmingly worrying about Torreira.
    If not, then you have to as the question why the hell did we fork out £26.5 million on a player that never plays?
    Same could be said for Leno and Cech
    Money that we don’t have being wasted.
    I don’t have much faith in the Arsenal management…

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      emery has said xhaka will play so either you become the owner or manager…you can do whatever with the team…

  12. avenger says:

    I am not feeling confident …Emery again with the wrong line up in the middle field for sure i wouldnt line up Bellerin anyway we will see ……

  13. ozziegunner says:

    Benitez is no mug and Newcastle will play to their strengths and perceived Arsenal weaknesses.
    Still no specialist DM Torreira or RB Lichtsteiner.?

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