By Bulldog Drummond
The Evening Standard predict the line up to be:
Cedric, Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Tavares,
Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli
The Mirror however has decided to turn the game into a bickering battle by citing Antonio Conte’s comment about Mikel Arteta that “I listen to him complain a lot.” Quite why Conte listens to Mr Arteta given that he finds it of no interest in what the Arsenal manager says, was not asked, but then that is typical of the Mirror. Two points in one article is perceived to be too complex for their readership.
But they are suggesting that while some have told Saka to move to Manchester City, Bacary Sagna, who did exactly that in 2014 – has said that he thinks Saka should stay with Arsenal, adding,
“You have to play to develop, I’m not sure he would have the same impact with City, the same type of play at City. But it’s personal, it’s a personal choice of his and how he feels and what he really wants.
“Of course, there’s a bigger structure at City as you have two top teams in one. At his age, he should take more time to think about what he wants, he should make sure he becomes a better player for his club before thinking about moving.”
Moving on, Sports Mole offer us this lineup
Cedric, Tomiyasu, White, Tavares;
Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe;
So that it White in for Gabriel and Smith Rowe in for Martinelli.
As we have noted before Newcastle have not been particularly brilliant at home through the season when compared to Arsenal…
… but of course, the problem is that Arsenal are playing away. This raises the question, who has actually managed to beat Newcastle on Tyneside
|15 Aug 2021||Newcastle United v West Ham United||L||2-4|
|17 Oct 2021||Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur||L||2-3|
|30 Oct 2021||Newcastle United v Chelsea||L||0-3|
|19 Dec 2021||Newcastle United v Manchester City||L||0-4|
|30 Apr 2022||Newcastle United v Liverpool||L||0-1|
As we can see, four of the five defeats came last year and only Liverpool have notched up a win on Tyneside this year.
Newcastle can’t get relegated and can’t reach a position high enough to enter into any of the European competitions so they have nothing particular to worry about, although their players will be playing to be part of next season’s team. By the time the season starts again in August we can expect the club to have bought anyone they fancy, given that they have the entire sovereign wealth fund of one of the most depraved countries on the planet in terms of human rights.
However, for Arsenal anything short of a win very much hands the final top four position to Tottenham, leaving Arsenal playing in the Europa next season. But at least not in the Europa Conference as Tottenham did – before they were kicked out for not fulfilling their fixtures.
Back with the teams, the Guardian go with
Cedric, Tomiyasu, White, Tavares;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli
so here we are back with Martinelli from the start. I wonder what the thinking is between Martinelli and Smith Rowe – my own suspicion is that Martinelli might make a greater impact as a sub than Smith Rowe does at the moment so he could nick a goal in the last 30 minutes as legs begin to tire a little.
But it is interesting, in that SB Nation also has the lineup including Smith Rowe instead of Martinelli. Has someone high up in the club been slipping out information?
So that is about it. But just in case you missed the last episode with all its videos of past glories against Newcastle that is available here.
And the one it was worth waiting for Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3
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