Newcastle v Arsenal, a range of opinions on the team – plus the free videos

By Bulldog Drummond

The main issue is, how many of the team for next Thursday will be held back today.  Sportsmole think several as they offer us a team with a number of obvious choices missing.

Of course it is not surprising if Aubameyang gets a start to help him back into form, while Lacazette and Tierney are given every moment possible to get fit before Thursday.   Ceballos will presumably play as he is now suspended for the return Villareal match.

Taking that into account and a bit more Sportsmole offer us


Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric Soares;

Elneny, Ceballos;

Willian, Smith-Rowe, Martinelli;


The Guardian on the other hand come up with


Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric Soares;

Elneny, Ceballos;

Willian, Odegaard, Martinelli;



The Evening Standard won’t give us any team news but are sure that Newcastle will win 2-0 even though the Newcastle papers are particularly noting that Willock will of course be missing for them.

The BBC predict a 2-1 victory to Newcastle noting that “Newcastle can win consecutive Premier League home fixtures for the second time under Steve Bruce, and first since December 2019.”

On the other hand they also admit that Newcastle have had “one clean sheet in 20 home league games – a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in December.”

But I think their copywriters are being a little cynical in making the lead note in their Arsenal comments the fact that “Arsenal have equalled their longest unbeaten league away run under Mikel Arteta, winning twice and drawing twice.”

However although the BBC will never cover the story about the transformation of away form when there is no crowd to influence the ref, they do at least note (without further comment) that Arsenal “have earned 24 points away from home in 2020-21, two more than at the Emirates Stadium.”

And everyone is gearing themselves up for the fact that one more defeat will make this the worst season ever for Arsenal in the Premier League for not scoring in games.

The Hard Tackle venture forth with


Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric Soares;

Thomas Xhaka

Willian, Odegaard, Martinelli;



The Mag, a Newcastle blog go with something that I suspect is a little less likely – but you never know.


Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka,

Partey, Ceballos,

Willian, Odegaard, Martinelli;



WhoSCored rounds off our range of selections with


Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney,

Elneny Xhaka

Smith Rowe, Pepe, Odegaard


They seem to have a dearth of predictions for the score however other than a resolute 2-0 to Arsenal.

Their statistical ratings, on the other hand, are more interesting showing us the top Arsenal players in their statistical analysis to be Lacazette (6.97), Saka (6.91) and Ceballos (6.86)

But by and large the media seems to have lost interest in Arsenal, and even knocking the club seems to the journos to be hardly worth getting out of bed for.  Instead the top Arsenal stories of the morning appear to be (according to News Now)

  • Arsenal ‘confident’ over signing £30m Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma (Metro)
  • Kroenke puts Arsenal up for sale despite saying he won’t (Sports Mole, Mail)
  • Arsenal keeping tabs on KRC Genk forward Paul Onuachu (The Boot Room)
  • Arteta has a key issue to fix according to Martin Keown – play Xhaka in midfield and Saka at left back.

But if you would like something from happier days you could try

That is part of our new series collecting together the videos that we are publishing each day on the Arsenal History Society website.  Details of the whole series thus far are on the home page and we are hoping to continue building up the series through the summer.

Meanwhile if you fancy something else you could try

The proof that something is seriously wrong with football refereeing and reporting



7 Replies to “Newcastle v Arsenal, a range of opinions on the team – plus the free videos”

  1. A thoroughly professional performance considering Newcastle’s recent results .

  2. Despite being ahead the first half was pretty boring. Newcastle created nothing and we just passed the ball around. We dominated the second last third of the match and could have scored a couple more but two was enough. I can’t help but notice that we make very few runs to pull defenders out of position and when we do start a run it’s often ignored by the man on the ball…almost as if we are playin with our heads down.

    However, this was pretty much a dead rubber. The match that counts is to come later in the week.

  3. WOO HOO , HOO ! A fine and controled win. 3 points and a clean sheet.
    Up the Gunners !

    Meanwhile elsewhere crowds gather to protest something or the other , while Covid cases rises.

  4. GoingGoingGooner

    I’m not sure we were watching the samematch.

    “Despite being ahead the first half was pretty boring. Newcastle created nothing and we just passed the ball around”.

    I’m not sure about that.

    1st half statistics show we had 61% possession. Had 13 goal attempts. 4 on target. That’s one of our best 1st half showings all season. Hardly just ‘passing the ball around’.

    “We dominated the second last third of the match and could have scored a couple more”

    Not sure about that either.

    2nd half statistics show we had 63% possession, but we had just 6 attempts, under half the first half, with just 1 on target, which was just quarter of that achieved in the first half.

    As I say, I think we must of been watching different games because I thought overall it was a decent match and a fine performance.

    However your last line is perfectly correct, Thursday is what really counts.

  5. I found the whole game boring and uninspiring. AS with all the other games I have watched this season, I could not wait for it to end.

    Against very poor opposition, our weaknesses and inadequacies were there for all to see.

    If this is how you want us to continue to play in the future, then I am sure that Arteta will provide that for you, interspersed with regular games of mind-blowing and mind-numbing ineptitude.

    Arteta is destroying my interest in football and Arsenal, but if his “style” is what you all want, then I am well shot of it.

  6. I enjoyed what I saw and most of all I loved the Keeper taking the high balls in the 6yd area like he owned it. We were fortunate to score early and we didn’t go gung ho for an additional goal. We coped well considering it was Mike Dean with the whistle.

    We could have been more aggressive but under the circumstances our play was controlling and
    efficient. It was a good result before a big match on Thursday. I hope Arteta has a good squad to chose from and is sufficiently aggressive.

    I would prefer Ryan in goal – better for my BP.

  7. Menace

    I must admit Ryan is looking impressive, especially as you say the way he commands the six yard box.

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