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Arsenal vs. Newcastle

The Emirates Stadium

26/01/08

15:00GMT

Arsenal V Newcastle

Arsene Wenger will want his team to bounce back from the shocking 5-1 defeat to Tottenham in midweek. What better way to do it than smash a team like Newcastle? Ok, smashing United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Spurs would be better, but Newcastle is still a good choice.

Arsenal are not the only team at The Emirates today with something to prove. Kevin Keegan will be desperate to get his side back to winning ways as soon as possible after a bore draw against Bolton last weekend.

With a manager like Keegan at the healm at Newcastle, there's a good chance they'll come and have a go - something Arsene Wenger will certainly be hoping for.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger says that although he wants to win the FA Cup, the Premiership and Champions League always come first: 'The Carling Cup was never the focus of the season for us.

'I knew before it started if we were in a good position in the Champions League and the Premier League in January then I would not gamble and play with a full side in the Carling Cup. That is why we didn't. So I have to accept that this kind of incident can happen.

'Now we want to bounce back from the disappointment on Tuesday night and we want to do well on Saturday.

'When I am in the situation when I have to choose between the FA Cup and the Premier League or the Champions League, I will prioritise the two other competitions aswell.

'But at the moment the FA Cup is the next game and we want to win it.'


Toon 'Keeper Shay Given says the next few days are important for new gaffer Keegan: 'I guess these two games against a top team like Arsenal will provide us all with a marker for how far we have to go to break into the big four,' Given told The Sun.

'They could probably put out two different teams, while we have to stick with the same lads.

'That is the measure of the difference in the strength of depth between us and them.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal are still without the trio of players that went to the ACN. Some worrying news last night when Toure was taken from the pitch on a stretcher.

Robin Van Persie, Denilson, and Djourou are all still out, while Adebayor looks set to be rested.

However, Senderos and Clichy will both return after being given Tuesday off.

Player to watch: Tomas Rosicky

Tommy Gunn has had a big impact in his last couple of games. He's making runs into the box more than last season, and dictating play more.

Rosicky, Fabregas and Hleb could be the difference between victory and defeat/a replay.

Newcastle Team News:

Midfield thugs Nicky Butt and Alan Smith both return from suspension for Keegan. Emre is still out while Viduka is rated as very doubtful.

Player to watch: Martins

One of the few players to totally destroy Arsenal at Highbury in my lifetime. He may not be playing with the sort of players he was at Inter now, but he's still a fantastic footballer.

Match Prediction:

I think too many of Arsenal's players will be suffering mentally from Tuesday. I'm not going to predict defeat though. Arsenal have plenty of creativity, but no firepower. 1-1.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2008

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

I do believe we'll put a convincing performance and win by 2 clear goals...
jess_farenesh
Martins is in Ghana dude
Keplaz
That was my prediction too Simmo, in the hope we'll win 2-1! By the way that's not the Obafemi Martins playing in the African Cup that we have to watch is it :-)
Andy-bayor
well one thing we can be sure about is martins wont take part in this game..........
karley
my god now its eboue coming out with im an arsenal player for the moment.....this is jus freakin unbelievable
karley
im going for a 2-0 win, with us dominating yet failing to score as many as we should. Tommy Gun/Faby and Dudu with the goals.
ArsenalRob
3-1 to us
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
i think 2-1 win today , the smashing will will be for next Tuesday
49ers
I also think we'll win but will concede, maybe 2-1, or if I'm optimstic 3-1. And it's the first time I see Theo partner with Ade. Very interesting to see what the kid can do up front with a big man like Ade. I'm hopeful he'll do better in such a setup. And after looking at the team sheet (go to Arsenal TV text section - free), I feel more optimistic so maybe 3-1.
Lou the Gunneress
Sh!t, I was just relieved to know Kolo should be ok. Now Rosicky's injured ARGH!
Lou the Gunneress
3-0 win, thats more like it.
49ers
excellent.. majestic performance by adebayor.. he is the premierships best striker without a doubt.. he's gonna give ronaldo a close fight for player of the season.. senderos is gettin better n better and if he continues playin this way, we dont need to buy anyone.. wenger doesnt trust unless he's good and senderos is showing the good stuff.. fabregas, eduardo, gallas,flamini were class.. walcott should hv done his confidence some good particularly the way he skipped past the defender just before he was subbed.. hope rosicky is just a minor injury and back midweek.. hoyte has some work to do n sagna should be fresh to give us another outlet donw the right as all our attack came from the left.. overall, a very satisfactory response to wat was just a blip against spurs
McGooner
A good all round performance, pleasing to see Theo and Diaby doing well. sorry could not agree with you WouldYouBelieveIt?! I thought everyone played well.
alwaysgunner
McGooner- You're view on Diaby's performance? I thought he was pretty poor. But I won't take anything from the fact that the overall performance was nothing short of excellent. I'm not trying to be a negative nancy.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Yeah agreed, everyone did well. Come on Diaby, like Theo, has shown a lot of improvement today.
Lou the Gunneress
To be honest I could see us conceding a goal or even two, especially listening (live audio commentary on ATVO only) in the 1st half. We sounded a bit shaky at the back. But when I managed to watch the 2nd half, it's much much better. Don't know if that's really the case. What do you guys think if you watched the entire match?
Lou the Gunneress
Alright he may not have been as poor/lazy as on Tuesday, but he still needs to do alot of improving. Alrighty then, lets just focus on the awesomeness of the performance shall we?
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Well Newcastle did attack and fair play to them. It wasn't a a very defense minded team. they did try to come at as. Some neutrals might argue the result did flatter us slightly. I wouldn't completely disagree with them.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Yeah WYBI that's how I'm feeling too, the scoreline just a bit flattering. But what the heck, we needed the lift and we got it! Now we go on to repeat the performance and get 3 points against them!
Lou the Gunneress
Great result & must say a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium when it got going. I hope man utd draw against spurs tomorow (giving them an extra game), then I hope spurs win the replay & we have them in the next round so that our first team can put the record straight, rather than having to wait until next season!!
Ashburton Gooner
diaby is being played out of his position.. he has excellent skills and he has to be played defensive midfield position.. even then i think he did a solid job on the left today.. he didnt hold on to the ball as much as he did the last time around and if a pass was around to be made he passed it.. it was adebayor who i thought could have played eduardo on a couple of times but delayed his pass, but thats being too critical of adebayor.. in my view both walcott and diaby stepped up today.. if rosicky cant make it midweek, i'd be tempted to play walcott n hleb on the flanks wth eduardo n adebayor upfront.. i'd like to see how a partnership of diaby n fabregas turns out
McGooner
I want Spurs as well, just to set the record straight.
Keplaz
does anyone has any news on Toure's injury? damn this was the last thing we needed..
luckys_10
luckys, the news story's that he's ok, should be able to play the next game for Ivory Coast! :)
Lou the Gunneress
thank God, i hope they rest him and don't risk him in the next match, i hope they get knocked out really really soon..
luckys_10
no, luckys, we're 'unlucky' in that sense - Ivory Coast is through to the knock-out stage already, having played just 2 games in the group stage. Apparently winning 2 games is enough to see them through.
Lou the Gunneress
Hey guys, this website said Luke Freeman made his Arsenal debut in an U18 game today: http://youngguns.wordpress.com/2008/01/26/arsenal-2-3-ipswich-under-18s/
Lou the Gunneress
smashing United or Chelsea! Dream on ;-)
merlin
no surprises there...keegans side still without a goal?
pompeycarpet
Pompeycarpet, that's right, I hope it'll stay that way at least until next weekend.
Lou the Gunneress
Karley I read that too, apparently Juventus are interested in Eboue.
JakeB
The quote I read from Eboue was: "I like Arsenal. However, you never know".
JakeB
McGooner I thought Diaby was an attacking midfielder more so than a defensive one. Scoring certainly seems to be his main priority at the mo.
JakeB
ur ryt jake B....i am a big fan of eboue but thi sis kinda pushing it....
karley
little bit too easy for you yesterday. no fighting players either well done
mick66owl
 

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