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Quick Match Preview Arsenal Vs Newcastle

by on March 11, 2012

Tomorrow Arsenal take on Newcastle United at the Emirates in the Premiership. The two sides played against each other on the opening day of the season back in August, the match ended in a goalless draw at St James’ Park. The major talking point from the match was Ivory Coast forward Gervinho getting sent off on his Premiership début for the Gunners after an incident with former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. Much has change for both sides since then, both have seen players depart and new arrivals come in.

Since the comeback against Tottenham a few weeks ago which saw the Gunners heavily defeat their North London rivals 5-2, Arsenal have gone on to beat Liverpool and AC Milan. You would expect Arsenal to have a lot of confidence ahead of this game because of their good form recently. If Arsenal defeat Newcastle then they will only be one point behind third place Tottenham and it will mean there three-point lead over Chelsea in fifth place will be restored.

Newcastle have been one of the surprised teams this season, they are currently sixth in the Premiership. Alan Pardew has done an excellent job so far this season and one of the main reasons is because of summer signing Demba Ba who has scored sixteen goals for Pardew’s side this season. Former Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye has formed a good partnership with Cheick Tioté in midfield for Newcastle. Newcastle’s January signing Papiss Cissé has already scored two goals in his first four appearances for The Magpies.

Arsène Wenger has a number of players returning from injury the likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey. French midfielder Abou Diaby will miss out after going off injured against Liverpool last weekend. Brazilian attacking full-back André Santos is available for the Gunners after missing the last four months through injury.

I expect Mikel Arteta will return to the Arsenal starting line-up with the in-form Tomáš Rosický playing behind Robin van Persie. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could both start after recovering from knocks which they got against AC Milan. Yossi Benayoun missed the AC Milan match through illness but has returned to training and could be available for Arsenal tomorrow.

Newcastle are currently missing strikers Peter Lovenkrands, Leaon Best, Sammy Ameobi and Nile Rangers through injury. French midfielder Sylvain Marveaux is also missing for Alan Pardew’s side with a Groin injury. Former England U-21 defender Steven Taylor is ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Arsène Wenger is likely to name a midfield trio of Alex Song, Mikel Arteta and Tomáš Rosický. Newcastle normally play 4-4-2 but will Alan Pardew change Newcastle’s formation to match the same amount of midfielders as Arsenal.

Possible Arsenal team – Szczęsny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Sagna, Song, Arteta, Rosický, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, van Persie.

Bench – Fabiański, Djourou, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Gervinho, Benayoun, Chamakh.

Possible Newcastle team – Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Ba, Cisse .

Prediction – I’m going for an Arsenal win but it being a close game. The Gunners winning 2-1 goals from van Persie and Vermaelen, Ba scoring for Newcastle. I think it depends if Newcastle go with four or five in midfield as well.

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  1. This is the opportunity for us to win as Chelsea are also in their winning ways. Arsenal cannot afford to lose so as to leapfrog Spurs at the end of the season.

  2. kay permalink

    how do u know that van persie and the verminator would score? how on earth did u get this right?

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