Arsenal team v Newcastle in the FA Cup (and their team too)


Cedric Soares, Luiz, Mari, Tierney,

Elneny, Willock,

Pepe, Willian, Martinelli,



And the subs are: Runarsson, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Saka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Lacazette.   Which I guess means that if we are 4-0 up at half time we can then change the squad around a bit.   But the great news is that we do indeed see Auba and Martinelli together from the start.

Hilarious coverage in the Daily Mail calling this “The FA Cup – Group Stage”

Well well, never heard it called that before.

And the Newcastle team

Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, S. Longstaff, Hendrick, Almiron, Joelinton, Carroll.

More info in a few moments. Meanwhile Leicester Penalty are winning 0-4 away to Stoke Evil.  QPR and drawing 0-0 with Fulham.  It is also Burnley 0 MK Dons 1.  Bristol Rovers 2 Sheffield United 3.

Curiously the teams were announced ten minutes ago but are still saying that they are pending.

However the Daily Canon has the announcement that Mesut Ozil company announces his move to Fenerbahce

But the theme generally is negative.  These appeared in the space of half an hour.

  • ‘Should be starting, deserves better’: Some Arsenal fans react to player’s absence from starting XI (The Boot Room)
  • ‘Tierney is being run into the ground’ and ‘sickening’ – These Arsenal fans react to Arteta… (CaughtOffside)
  • Mesut Ozil company does not announce his move to Fenerbahce (Daily C)
  • Keown’s brutal Ozil declaration accuses Arsenal outcast of ‘conning’ fans (Mirror)
  • Arsenal ‘make loan recall decision’ on Guendouzi amid risk of losing loanee (talkSPORT)
  • Arsenal will have to pay astronomical amount if they want to move Mesut Ozil on … (CaughtOffside)
And so it goes on hour by hour, day and night.

12 Replies to “Arsenal team v Newcastle in the FA Cup (and their team too)”

  1. Martinelli injured in the warm up, replaced with Reis Nelson.
    No information on what the injury is, lets hope it is nothing serious.

  2. The slope has not been breached but yellow cards are now coming out to level the back end of the game.
    The red card is quick but it was never a red let alone a yellow.

  3. no way is that a red…he missed the ball but the player ran into the side of his foot.

  4. Quite amazing how this ref gives the slightest touch as a foul to Toon but nothing to the Arsenal.

  5. VAR was quite noticeable by its absence in the first half but thats what we expect.

    Arsenal get a second from Auba – a typical Arsenal pass pass goal!!

  6. I loved the way the kept praising Carroll and seemed surprised he last 90 minutes. I’m not, He fell over every time the ball came near him and spent about half an hour lying down……and got a free kick for almost all his diving.

    Fair play to the ref for rescinding the red card despite the fact that it shouldn’t have been given in the first place but how that wasn’t a penalty (and decided so quickly proves they had no 8ntention of giving it). I have to say, all in all the officiating was pretty atrocious.

  7. Tony – following your article on bias in officiating, what was your opinion on the use of VAR?

    There were a few tackles in the first half that were candidates for red cards that were not even commented on. The elbow by Carroll, apparently not deliberate because his eyes were on the ball ( how a commentator can see a players eyes and work out their focus is incredible!!). The initial contact with Saka when he was fouled immediately on (perhaps prior to) receipt of the ball.

  8. Menace,

    I agree. Also the first yellow would have been red to an Arsenal player – both reckless and dangerous, and also clearly deliberate and nowhere near the ball. In addition it could have been regarded as stopping a goal-scoring opportunity, as the player could arguably have been through on goal.

    Also the Newcastle player who screamed and faked bad injury in an attempt to get ESR sent off should have had at least a yellow card.

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