Welcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows as Newcastle United host Arsenal today in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a very disappointing 3-0 defeat at Everton last Sunday, while Arsenal triumphed 2-0 away at Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday, although still exited the competition.
When the side met earlier this season, the Gunners took the bragging rights, easing to a 4-1 triumph at the Emirates Stadium in December, with Ayoze Perez heading in United’s consolation goal. a very interesting and surprising stat for me is that we haven’t beat Arsenal at SJP since Dec 2005.
Speaking to the press John Carver said “I’ve had some big challenges in the past but this will be one of the biggest. You’ve got to be careful when you play against sides like Arsenal. We’ve got to consolidate and make sure we don’t concede early, that’s for sure. Against a good side like this it will be very, very difficult to get the ball. Their possession stats are one of the highest in the division, so they are a good footballing side and they like to play. So we are going to have to be patient but we do have one or two things up our sleeve when we get turnovers, and we will try to break them down.”
Howay the Lads
Newcastle United Krul; R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback; Anita, Sissoko (c); Cabella, Gouffran, Ameobi; Perez.
Subs Elliot, Satka, Kemen, Gutierrez, Obertan, Armstrong, Riviere.
Arsenal Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck, Giroud
Subs Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott