Newcastle vs Arsenal: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on October 27, 2010 19:52
I just love the Carling Cup. I don’t know you but I always have this feeling of relaxation when we are in action in this Cup, although considering we’re taking it seriously this season, maybe there will be some nail biting moments tonight as well.
Strictly speaking, I wouldn’t say Arsene never took the Cup seriously, it was always a great opportunity to watch the young Gunners in action, like Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey a couple of seasons ago, easing past the likes of Wigan or Sheffield United, that was fantastic.
Today is tricky. Newcastle may rest key players but they will surely want to impress in front of the home support. And as it is almost always the case, remember we will face them not long after today’s game, at the Emirates, on November 7.
The game kicks off at 19:45 in the UK, our coverage will of course continue even after the final whistle with the ratings, video highlights and articles on what the players/manager said after the game. Enjoy the game, and let’s hope we can move on in a Cup which is indeed, an objective.
And, until you wait for kick-off, please do join the discussion – or shall I say battle – going on about Alex Song’s hair and check out why Andrey Arshavin’s place in the first eleven is at risk now that Robin van Persie is close to his comeback.
As always, please do join the discussion in our chat room which will also be active after the full time whistle. You will be glad to know that from this season, to provide a better chat experience to our readers, users can be banned if they post offensive comments.
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Krul, Taylor, Williamson, Kadar, Perch, Guthrie, Smith, Vuckic, Routledge, Ranger, Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderberg, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Gutierrez, Tiote,Carroll
Szczesny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Djourou, Eboue, Rosicky, Eastmond, Denilson, Vela, Walcott, Bendtner
Subs: Fabianski, Nordtveit, Sagna, Lansbury, Fabregas, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
In a very ugly first half of football, Arsenal take the lead after a comedy of errors in the Newcastle penalty area.
The Gunners started brightly, creating two chances in the first two minutes but Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner failed to take advantage. Newcastle came out as the game progressed and almost took the lead after a big mistake by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny who however was superb to deny Alan Smith minutes later.
All in all, we have to admit that the Denilson-Eastmond combination in midfield is not working at all. Too slow and too weak. Likewise, Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott have created very little on the wings with the only Nicklas Bendtner doing well up front.
At half time, it’s Newcastle nil, Arsenal one.