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Newcastle v Arsenal: what to look out for.

by Bulldog Drummond

First off, as ever, the injuries and here is the chart from Physioroom…

Player Injury Return? Chance v Newcastle
Hector Bellerin Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury – ACL Injury 30/09/2019 None
Alexandre Lacazette Ankle Injury 11/08/2019 50% (see below)
Dani Ceballos Knock 11/08/2019 75%
Nicolas Pepe Lacking Match Fitness 11/08/2019 50%
Rob Holding Lacking Match Fitness 25%
K Mavropanos None

Mavropanos has been out for a very long time and we have no news of him being ready.  

As for the rest the Daily Mirror of course is in hilariously insane mode as it was all last season.  This time it says, “Arsenal set to be dealt injury blow for opening day of Premier League season” and then when we go looking for who is injured they tell us that “the club are “optimistic” the 28-year-old [by which they mean Lacazette, but they talk funny in the Mirror] will be available for the trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.”

And to confirm the point, they say, “Hopefully he [Lacazette] will be ready for the match against Newcastle,” said Emery.”

So what exactly is the meaning of “set to be dealt injury blow”?????????

The match fitness issues are as much a bit of guesswork as anything so Pepe and Holding’s figures could be an underestimate of their chances of playing.

Which gives us a team selected from

  • Goal: Leno or Martinez
  • Defence: Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac and maybe Holding
  • Midfield: Mkhitaryon, Ceballos, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka
  • Attack: Lacazette, Aubameyang, Iwobi, Pepe

We will also get our first view of how Arsenal are setting out to improve their away form – which is where all the improvement has to come from – we looked at this in yesterday’s article.

Ceballos and Pepe, if playing, will get their first full introduction to PGMO and its unique approach to football, and I suspect that no matter how much they have been told about what to expect, it will still come as a surprise.

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Next we will get our first indication of just how well Ozil is being rehabilitated into the team.  Is he a central player in the line up, or is he just to be used in certain games?  Remember this summer the media has Ozil being sold off to Turkey with Arsenal still paying over half his salary – but he is still with us.   Let’s hope everything is resolved.

And there is the case of Newcastle away.

This has been a very happy hunting ground throughout this century: just five defeats in 40 games since we stopped writing “19” at the start of the year, and two of those were at home…

Date Game Res Score Competition
14 May 2000 Newcastle United v Arsenal L 4-2 Premier League
09 Dec 2000 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 5-0 Premier League
15 May 2001 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
18 Dec 2001 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 1-3 Premier League
02 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
09 Mar 2002 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 1-1 FA Cup
23 Mar 2002 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-0 FA Cup replay
09 Nov 2002 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
09 Feb 2003 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
26 Sep 2003 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-2 Premier League
11 Apr 2004 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
29 Dec 2004 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
23 Jan 2005 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
14 Aug 2005 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
10 Dec 2005 Newcastle United v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
18 Nov 2006 Arsenal v Newcastle United D 1-1 Premier League
09 Apr 2007 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
25 Sep 2007 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 League Cup
05 Dec 2007 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
26 Jan 2008 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-0 FA Cup
29 Jan 2008 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-0 Premier League
30 Aug 2008 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-0 Premier League
21 Mar 2009 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
27 Oct 2010 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-4 League Cup
07 Nov 2010 Arsenal v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
05 Feb 2011 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 4-4 Premier League
13 Aug 2011 Newcastle United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
12 Mar 2012 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-1 Premier League
29 Dec 2012 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 7-3 Premier League
19 May 2013 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
29 Dec 2013 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
28 Apr 2014 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 3-0 Premier League
13 Dec 2014 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 4-1 Premier League
21 Mar 2015 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
29 Aug 2015 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
02 Jan 2016 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
16 Dec 2017 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
15 Apr 2018 Newcastle United v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
15 Sep 2018 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
01 Apr 2019 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League

The last 13 matches have involved 12 wins and one defeat.  We’ll look at Newcastle’s situation in the next pre-match article.

6 comments to Newcastle v Arsenal: what to look out for.

  • FrankA

    Iwobi has gone to Everton

    I don’t know if it is a good idea considering that he played more games than any other outfield players last season. I felt he would have been a good squad player to have around especially when we have exhaustions and injuries in the attack and based also on the fact that he counts as one of our home grown.

    However, with Joe Willock and Riess Nelson still around, maybe UE has other plans. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • CorporateMan

    Iwobi in attack???
    Ah, Bulldog, et tu?

  • good record the gunners has on Newcastle Nnited

  • I am always very wary of these good records against clubs, as they frequently come back to bite us.

  • Mark Vallis

    Martinelli?
    Looked a first team player to me.
    Likewise Willock, Nelson?
    Come on Bulldog. I assume you watched pre season.

  • omgarsenal

    Jigsol……..let’s be realistic:

    1) We have strengthened significantly since the transfer window,

    2)Our attack is stronger than ever and Auba is really hot now,

    3)Our recent youth and reserve improvements have been significant as well,

    4)Emery has one full season under his belt and knows what he has to get AFC to do away from home,

    5)The PIGMOB will try and scupper our start to the season but imho we will be too strong for the Magpies.

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