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Arsenal
vs.
Newcastle

The Emirates Stadium

26/01/08

15:00GMT

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.


Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday January 26 2008
Time: 11:42AM

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Comments

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I do believe we'll put a convincing performance and win by 2 clear goals...
jess_farenesh
26/01/2008 12:35:00
0
Martins is in Ghana dude
Keplaz
26/01/2008 12:40:00
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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
26/01/2008 12:42:00
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well one thing we can be sure about is martins wont take part in this game..........
karley
26/01/2008 12:48:00
0
my god now its eboue coming out with im an arsenal player for the moment.....this is jus freakin unbelievable
karley
26/01/2008 12:50:00
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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
26/01/2008 13:55:00
0
3-1 to us
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
26/01/2008 14:43:00
0
i think 2-1 win today , the smashing will will be for next Tuesday
49ers
26/01/2008 14:50:00
0
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
26/01/2008 14:58:00
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Sh!t, I was just relieved to know Kolo should be ok. Now Rosicky's injured ARGH!
Lou the Gunneress
26/01/2008 15:19:00
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