Arsenal vs Newcastle Preview

After a week off, we find ourselves with a home game against a team who have been struggling of late – for us, we’ve seen 3 wins in 3 to get some sort of credible flight up the table, but just as easily as we’ve got there, we can fall out of it very quickly. With Sp*rs and Everton both winning in the festive period, we’ve already trickled down the table a little…

The good news for us is that we’re at home, we’re rested and we’ve got Giroud and Rosicky back in the fold. Apparently Diaby and Santos are about a week or so away too, so that’s good news for us. It will be interesting to see what happens if we ever do have Rosicky, Cazorla, Wilshere and Diaby in the same team – that would be one seriously talented group of players.

My line up is:

Szcznesy

Sagna – Mertersacker – Vermaelen – Gibbs

Arteta – Wilshere

Oxlade – Cazorla – Podolski

Walcott

Cazorla has been in the papers talking about his partnership with Wilshere and has been very positive:

“He has amazing potential,” Cazorla told Arsenal Player. “I did not know him well when I arrived because he was not at the training sessions due to his injury, and everyone was already talking about him, saying that when he returned, the team would improve, and that has been the case.

“Every day he is gaining more confidence, he is forgetting about the injury, and he is a key player that can influence the result in a game, and thus, we are all very happy to see him 100 per cent again.

“He was out for a long time and it was an injury that takes time to heal. It is always hard to come back from injury, especially if it is very long. You always have that fear up until you start getting your confidence back, and you start getting back to your old self, and he has done that quickly.”

Rosicky has also shown glimpses of great football since he’s been back. Something to very much look forward to. Newcastle are no rollovers of course, with Cisse and Demba Ba, they will always have a goal threat.

Tomorrow’s game is BIG, and it’s up to us to ensure that we take it as seriously as we can and take home the three points…

  • Arsefan101

    We can’t underestimate Newcastle – they’ve got a decent crop of players.
    Is Ben Arfa playing?

  • kiki

    This was brilliant from Arsenal. The team was astounding this match. I hope that Walcott will sign up because it would be great to have him.

  • limet

    It takes Wenger months and months to finally realise what most of us non
    – managers have long known – play Theo in a central striker’s
    position.Now when will the penny drop that Podolski is better suited to
    the same spot as well, and that he’s not as effective out wide ?

    Let’s keep things in perspective ; 1)we’re on a run of easy fixtures at
    the moment, and have played struggling teams,whilst not being convincing
    .So we’re expected to win these sort of games.2)Newcastle had nine
    players out injured – many of them first teamers.3)We had more rest time
    than they did, which showed in the last twenty minutes of the match –
    coincidentally just the same time that we scored the majority of our
    goals.4) We conceded three goals AT HOME.Our defense is STILL fragile,
    and the only way we can offset that liability is by scoring more than
    the opposition.Which reflects Wenger’s standard “attack only and don’t
    bother me with defending” philosophy.This won’t work in the long term.

    Which partly explains why we are a massive 16 points off the ONLY spot
    that SHOULD matter – first spot ( albeit with a game in hand ).We have
    no chance of winning the league ( we don’t even have the ambition to ),
    we are out of the League Cup at the hands of lowly Bradford, and are
    likely to be knocked out at the first hurdle by a powerful Bayern side
    who must be relishing the opportunity to exploit our weak defence and
    predictable “tactics”. Oh happy days !

    “In Arsene we rust.”