Newcastle United vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven with Injury Update

Finally, we are set to see some football after a summer full of speculations. We are up against Newcastle United away from home. If anything, this is going to be a tough opener for us. The last time we didn’t come back in good shape from there and went on a roller coaster ride backwards. I don’t want to talk about that but I do pray that this time it isn’t the case. 

Although, I don’t think we will see the same theatrics this time, it will be an exciting encounter. Newcastle is known to attack which also leaves them vulnerable at the back. They will definitely try to hold and see how we shape up first. They will use the aerial ball and utilize the flanks, and if I am not wrong, mostly the left. Their midfield will try to frustrate us with petty fouls.

We only have to keep focus and do our job. We have the same problem at the back but if we can maintain good communication and the midfield stays close to defence, we may yet come out with the maximum and start our season on a high. Every one has to do their job properly, it’s this simple. Gervinho and Walcott’s pace might do wonders for us today if they are fed regularly with the ball.

The last time we dominated them both at home and away. Somehow we never won any of the games. Whatever we do today, we don’t have to lose concentration, even if we are 100 goals up.

As far as the starting eleven is concerned, we are sure to miss Wilshere as he has still not recovered from his injury. Ryo Miyaichi also won’t be involved as he is Japan.

With no Fabregas and Nasri, the options are pretty simple. The injury update given by Wenger on friday was very encouraging. We will have Van Persie, Gibbs, Walcott and Vermaelen back in the squad. The only missing person except Wilshere is Diaby, who frankly is always out, so it doesn’t make a difference.

Arsene Wenger’s injury update:

“Basically we have Wilshere injured, hopefully in the short-term. Diaby is not back before the end of August or the beginning of September. Everybody else should be available. Van Persie and Gibbs should be available. They have a test today [Friday]. Walcott will be back in the squad and so will Vermaelen.”

With all this in mind, I am pretty sure to see Van Persie partnered with Gervinho and Walcott up front.

The middle will be taken up by Song, Rosicky and Ramsey.

The defense will be mastered by Vermaelen alongside Koscielny. Sagna will surely start and on the left I will go with Traore as he can do a better job in defense than Gibbs (at the moment). And last but not the least, Szczesny will be in goal.

Probable starting eleven: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Traore, Song, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho, Van Persie, Walcott

So, this is the first game and we need all our attention diverted to this. Transfer speculations will continue till the end of August but talking about them won’t help us much. These first 15 days are going to define our season. Wenger was right in saying in his press conference that he has to concentrate on players who can make a difference right now than to talk about players who won’t be involved.

“I believe the best thing for us, one day before the season starts, is not to focus on the possible transfers. What we want today is to focus on the players who play tomorrow and not the players who do not play.”

Let’s we hope we have everyone geared up and ready. Have a good day and enjoy the game. Hopefully we will start off with a bang.

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14 Responses to Newcastle United vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven with Injury Update

  1. Wilfred john zing says:

    That gud n great

  2. Better chance than ever for Newcastle, injuries and transfers seriously hampering Arsenal.

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  3. ruemu says:

    MAY GOD HELP US?

  4. Tobby Eboma says:

    I think i really enjoy the sqaud and i pray we win today to start with a good record….Thanks Wenger…

  5. raymond says:

    GOD WILL BE WITH US GUNNERZ 4 LIFE

  6. raymond says:

    Even good or bad i will alwayz be a gunnerz till i die. THANK GOD 4 MAKING ME ONE OF THEM.

  7. Babatunde says:

    Wenger,pls buy players 4 us.up gonas

  8. Jesse says:

    Rosicky can organise our midfield with his delicate movements i just hope they prove critics wrong

  9. Udeme Bassey says:

    GERVINHO 3 GOALS

  10. Olorunnishola lateef says:

    am tired of Wenger is linking with all the players in the world.

  11. Adeniran says:

    No other player fit in2 d team apart 4rm wishere so d team is good

  12. Tammy says:

    Very week squad..i cant belive dis team can even overcome qpr

  13. Juma says:

    Squad is not bad bt we need 2 defender pls pls

  14. kayode peteq says:

    i urge all gooners to be once again faithful in d present crop of players that we have.according to wenger we need to believe in the team and support the team rather than listening to media speculations. goodluck gooners.

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