Newcastle vs Arsenal: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on February 5, 2011 14:55
Good afternoon friends and it’s English Premier League action today as we travel to Newcastle to face Alan Pardew’s side, a tricky game which however we must win at all costs.
After the brilliant comeback at home against Everton, our lads need to show the same spirit and same heart to battle past a team which was not shy to come at the Emirates and get all three points months ago. Of course, with Andy Carroll leaving for Liverpool, our task should hopefully be an easier one but as said yesterday, we should not underestimate the Magpies.
Samir Nasri is of course not available for Arsene Wenger but Sebastien Squillaci is back and it will be interesting to see whether our manager opts to use the 30-year old who is yet to impress since joining from Sevilla.
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Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, Best
Subs: Krul, Perch, Campbell, Guthrie, Richardson, Ferguson, Ranger
Szczesny, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Sagna, Diaby, Fabregas, Walcott, Wilshere, Arshavin, Van Persie
Subs: Almunia, Rosicky, Squillaci, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
It’s impossible not be delighted with the first half at the St. James’ Park with the Gunners easily leading the game by four goals. Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie all produced a phenomenal display so far and when our players mean business there can only be one result.
Some will say Newcastle have been terrible in these first 45 minutes of football and it’s true but remember how usually we don’t take our chances, today we did, and we should be happy for that.
This is the first time for a long time we took a comfortable lead so early so maybe it would be important to rest key players and give the likes of Marouane, Tomas and Nicklas a run in the second half.
At half time, it’s Newcastle United nil, Arsenal four.