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Arsenal vs. Newcastle

The Emirates Stadium

29/01/08

19:45GMT

Arsenal V Newcastle

Arsenal will be hoping to make it two wins over Newcastle and Kevin Keegan in just four days when The Toon visit The Grove on Tuesday.

Kevin Keegan will be egar to make up for his side's FA Cup exit on Saturday after his side were cmfortably beaten 3-0 by Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

Keegan's tactics are sure to be different. I'm sure he'll not make the mistake of deploying gung-ho tactics twice in four days against a team like Arsenal, while having such a fragile defence.

Newcastle are certainly in desperate need of a win. The return of 'King Kev' hasn't got off to the sort of start that Newcastle fans would have been hoping for. Two games in they haven't scored a goal, they're out of the FA Cup and drew at home to Bolton.

Keegan's side sit 12th in the league, level with fellow Premiership no-hopers Tottenham on 27 points. They could climb to 11th if they win and Tottenham don't.

Newcstle haven't won a Premiership game since mid-December when they beat Fulham 1-0. Last six (Prem): P6 W0 D2 L4. That loss of form includes an unlucky defeat at Stamford Bridge and a 6-0 hammering at the hands of United, although that was flattering on United's part.

Arsenal on the other hand have enjoyed some good form in the Premiership of late. Still only one defeat to their name, they sit level on points with United. Last six (Prem): P6 W4 D2 L0. Those four wins include a 2-1 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane, and a 4-1 demolition of Everton.

If The Gunners win, they could go three points clear at the top. And with United facing a tricky game against Pompey on Wednesday, Wenger will want to take full advantage of the oppertunity in front of his side.

Vital Quotes:

Wenger had thre pieces of good news ahead of Tuesday's match. Rosicky's injury is a matter of 'days, not weeks': 'There is no deep problem with Tomas.

'He has a problem with his hamstring but it is not torn. He got a kick at Fulham and the inflammation around his tendon provokes some pain but we feel it's a question of days, not weeks.'

On Kolo Toure he said: 'He has a Grade One groin problem. It will keep him out for eight to 10 days.

'But he will stay with the Ivory Coast squad for the rest of the tournament.'


Wenger also reveled that Robin Van Persie will return to training on Tueday.

Newcastle winger Damien Duff has clearly been on the happy stuff: 'Things are definitely improving here with a new manager.

'In the first half we played Arsenal off the park.

'We limited them to long-range shots and got into some really good positions, but we just couldn't capitalise.

'I don't think the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game.

'We took our foot of the gas in the second half, and when you do against a team like Arsenal you get punished.'

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will once again be without Denilson and Djourou through injury. Toure, Eboue and Song are still away on international duty, while Van Persie will return to training tomorrow, but is still a couple of weeks away.

Player to watch: Manu Adebayor

The 'Togonator' (nice one Mr Stillman) has hit yet another purple patch. He showed his dark side on Tuesday, before demolishing Newcaslt on Saturday. A great poachers goal followed by a superb individual goal showed just how much this lad has come on this season. Another brace would do me.

Newcastle Team News:

Mark Viduka will not make the trip to Arsenal after suffering a set back.

However, mindless thug (just my opinion) Joey Barton will return after the conditions of his bail were altered. Emre returns from suspension. However, Faye, Geremi and ahem, Martins are all on international duty.

Player to watch: Joey Barton

He has a massive point to prove tomorrow. He'll want to impress his ne manager as well as his judge. And he'll be egar to stop Fabregas working his magic in the midfield.

Match Prediction:

No repeat of Saturday's exploits I'm afraid. The return of Barton and Emre will add something to the Newcastle midfield other than the own goal scored by Butt. 1-1.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2008

Time: 8:38PM

Your Comments

Simmo, I don't know what to make of your predictions anymore... I can see us win this game with Hleb and Sagna back in the starting line-up. I said I could see us conceding before we faced Newcastle last Sat and we kept a clean sheet despite some threat in the 1st half. Now I can still see us concede somewhere, but I say 2-1 or 3-1 to the Arsenal. Also glad Tomas's injury isn't a long-term thing - let's hope so! Also surprised RvP's going back in training so soon as we heard he's spending some time back home in Holland not that long ago. Hope he can be back for the ManU game in FAC - in a bit of a half-2nd-string team that likely is.
Lou the Gunneress
Simmo I disagree with you about the tatics that Kev will use. Its defiantely not in his nature to play defensive football. I expect the same attacking lineup he played on the weekend. And its great to hear the RVP is back in training but I dont want him playing in the Man U game unless he is 100% fit. That game will get heated and with his ability on the ball there is a good chance he will get fouled many times. The game I want to see him back for is the Milan game at the San Siro a few days later.
gunnerkid107
a nerve 2-1 win here, us snatching a late winner
49ers
gunnerkid, if we could keep RvP fit after this comeback, I'd even be happy to see him back after the Milan game. Whenever he's fully ready and fit and healthy and raring to go enough to stay that way for the rest of the season. PLEASE! In fact I was gutted to learn that he was 'rushed back' last time cos Arsene had been punished many times like that before. I was also surprised to hear him say he was kind of 'under pressure from the player himself' cos RvP was out for so long and he claimed to be ready. Anyway, we'll really have to learn from that mistake cos if RvP gets yet another knock, it'll become really tough for him to come back for good. KNOCKWOOD! So yeah, whenever, just whenever, he's ready please.
Lou the Gunneress
I think we can win it, and we need to to stay close to Manure. I'd go 3-1 to us, and Barton to get a red card for "over enthusiasm."
darinb007
3-0 again
MYgood-ners
Same as 49ers on this one. It wouldn't surprise me if we make a meal about this match.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Surely, Newcastle would have learned something from the FA Cup game. I expect them to be a bit better, but I still fancy an Arsenal win. 2-1.
prits
Is Emre definately back?? He was serving a 3 match suspension & a review I read before saturdays fa cup game said that was the 2nd match so that would make tonight his final game before he can come back!! He can add a lot to their team, so I hope he is still out. Joey Barton is a nothing player so I don't give a damn whether he plays or not!!
Ashburton Gooner
Emre is still out. I double checked on the newcastle website, it does say that Ameobi will probably be back though. He's a strange player, sometimes brilliant but mostly woeful.
Ashburton Gooner
Fabricarse will no doubt get chopped by slimey Barton!
MFC67
Emre's still out suspended fellas.
SirLes
I'd say 2-1 to us.. whatever midfield they put out.. the same defence plays so we should score a couple.. hopefully a win will put some pressure on Utd..
arsenalrulz4ever
Man utd have a tough week so it's essential we get 6 points from the two games. Man City whilst unbeaten at home have been awful of late & their performance at Sheff Utd was pathetic. I think the match tonight will be tougher than most believe, but hopefully we can get the 3 badly needed points.
Ashburton Gooner
Can't take the credit for the Togonator line, I know its a tee shirt now but I think arseblogger might be responsible. Your assessment of Ameobi is spot on AG, that worries me because such players always seem to come up trumps against us. However, conceding a goal to Owen would be an unbearable indignity, I have never seen a pro footballer who makes the job look like such a miserable grinding chore!
Little Dutch
We need to win this, and another 3-0 would be nice so we can close the goaldifference gap between ourselves and Manu. We just can't slip up now, being level on points with manU is great but we can't fall behind with Chelsea breathing down our necks.
afri-gooner
I can't see why most of you are so negative about the game to night. I can see us winning and winning well 2 to 4 nil if the first goal comes early. Newcastle's defence is quite bad and with Keegans lack of defencive approach (never seen him play anything but attacking football) I honestly can't see them scoring and they'r defenetly not keeping a clean sheet.
Armory
Sky says Emre's available SirLes
entropy13
The whole world is hoping that Newcastle will kick your arse.
ivanskg
Bit of an exaggeration there Ivan, there are millions out there who don't give a feck about footy, what you mean to say is that all desperate geordies who'd sell their everything for any kind of win and all mouldy spuds are hoping Newcastle kick our arse, then you would be correct........... as opposed to being hopelessly wrong.........which you are.
nikolaijns
Crazy! Flamini's sweet cross was like a carbon copy of the one that Ade volleyed over the bar earlier, only he headed it in this time! :D
Lou the Gunneress
Newcastle shouldn't be a problem for you lot. They are not very good.
Real Deal
whatta finish by flam !!!!!
HENRY`14
Fabregas!!!! 3-0, de ja vu.
Gunnerman
gr8 performance ...
HENRY`14
animalisstic goal by mattuso...mmm tasty it was in as soon as it left his boot and he turned away before it was in the net. classic and well deserved
anonymous
see?nrever think of draw here
MYgood-ners
fantastic goal by flamster.. thoroughly deserved, man of the match.
McGooner
back to the top,now we hope the mancs and the chavs drop some points and everton romp the spuddies and it will be a nice week for us goons
the arsenal
What a goal by the Flamster! And now that Cesc's ended his goal drought, he'll be back on the scoresheets like he did at the start of the season...!
Lou the Gunneress
And am I the only one who no longer gets tense when Senderos touches the ball or when we have to defend a set-piece? Newcastle was bad today, but still it's great to let the guys have their confidence back.
Lou the Gunneress
Sorry one more post, though the ball didn't go in, I was impressed how Diaby shot with his left foot and it wasn't too far off. It's echoed in today's story of him planning to stay at Arsenal despite Diarra's decision to leave. He said about playing in LM, "I can improve my left foot and my pace." He had a decent game today and I can see him playing more and more, especially when you never know when Rosicky might get hurt one way or another.
Lou the Gunneress
Lou - sorry I have to disagree, I didn't think Senderos had a great game, and think he could be a liability for us. He's just not top-notch, and top-notch is what we'll need to win in the coming weeks and months. Wish I could feel different. We could do with a central defender.
Gooner_Vin
Excellent tonight! Clichy is just something else! I had momentry vision of Vieira in Diaby tonight (momenty, but it's a start). Flams was awesome. Ade is fast becoming King of the Grove. For me Almunia, has been amazing this season, yes his position was questionable for Ronaldo's goal earlier on this season but apart from that he has been fanastic for me. Play up Pompey tomoz!
flv
Is it just me or does Senderos always seem to try and use his left foot even when he doesn't have to? THAT's what makes me nervous.
Rocky7
Nah Vin, I don't mean he had a great game. But I can see a learning curve there and that's what the guy needs. Whether he's good enough, I don't know. At least I didn't get really terribly nervous (which I did when he played before) tonight. Well that's a start. See it's so easy to make me happy. LOL
Lou the Gunneress
Highlights: http://www.football.virginmedia.com/page/premierleaguehighlights/0,,12555~1228461,00.html
Lou the Gunneress
senderos is under sooo much pressure every mistake and its howls of derision...anyway apart from two sloppy passes he was solid,won every header,and even had a bit of pace n power to his game towards the end,plus he also marauded through the midfield,trust me,he has made some improvements,and will get better with more games confidence and clean sheets
fran merida
Yeah I thought Big Phil played ok too. But I'm not gunna start saying "I knew he had the talent" because he's still got a lot of convincing still to do. A couple of decent performances dones'y make a top player. We'll have to wait and see how this one pans out.
Rocky7
Phil was alright though a little bit shaky but he did win the ariel battle with a few thumping headers. Gallas was assured. Though we were lucky on a few Owen off-side decisions. Sagna and Clichy as usual were simply brilliant. Diaby was good, didn't try to keep the ball to long. Hleb, Eduardo and Cesc were decent. Their game wasn't in the next level but their getting there. Adebayor as ever was superb. Well taken goal, and his work rate was very good. I saw him chasing down ever ball with such enthusiasm it was awesome to see. My MoTM? Well, Flamini ofcourse! What a performance. Box to box all night. He's out done Cesc in terms of performance over the last few weeks and I hope it continues. His performance was summed up by that goal...BRILLIANT!!!
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
A goal from a cross headed into the net, a shot from the outside the box, and the 3rd goal from a long ball, defensively still strong despite not scoring one goal for 70 mins - this game is a good example of the strides made from last season. All the goals were very well taken, and the Flamster's strike was superb.
prits
*despite scoring only one goal for 70 mins
prits
We seem to be getting some of our fluency back. I think Phil's been excellent since Toure went to Africa, really solid. A master craftsman with a football he ain't, but he can defend and that's the most important thing. Flamini just gets better and better, we all know about the grit he provides, but some great crosses and a superb goal to cap it all. Ade just gets stronger, Clichy and Sagna seem incapable of having bad games and Cesc is getting back to his old self. I hope that our "wobble" is over as we've come through it relatively unscathed.
Little Dutch
Oh and Diaby was much, much better last night
Little Dutch
Can I also ask the question, when will the world stop giving the poor little boy excuses and acknowledge that Michael Owen is *****. He was always been one dimensional, but now he doesn't even seem to have one dimension anymore. It's not about poor service or any of that crap, he's *****, ok? Good.
Little Dutch
Senderos has looked good partly because Gallas has taken responsibility for him. Watch Gallas calling and directing him throughout the game. At times it seems as though he has an invisible rope. Though we haven't been overly tested defensively yet Gallas is the best partner that Senderos could have alongside him because of the responsibility that he takes.
Amos.
Top again,not for long filthy mancs will win it again this season.Reckon the arse will go another season with fck all.
MFC67
LD - I must've been at a different ground mate, thought Cesc only showed glimpses of what he could do when he was on the right, Completely agree re Phil though, he has gotta cut the hollywood raking left foot cross field pass out of his game, and he'd be a bloody good centre half!
AFC85Lew
Loved Keegan on sky trying to suggest that the ref/linesman cost them the game!! I know Newcastle are in a poor position & sinking fast but coming out with ridiculous lies won't really help!!
Ashburton Gooner
There were times earlier in the season that Cesc was only showing glimpses, but he those glimpses all seem to be the pivotal moments of the game.
Little Dutch
Go on the Flamster! Set one up, scored one. Good header from Ade, great strkike from FLam. Good work from Bendtner setting up Cesc - very unselfish play, and i liked the way Cesc acknowledged it. looks like team spirit is restored!
Cesky
And the point about Gallas is a good one, this is why I was amazed at the flack he received last season, you could see the umbilical relationship he had with other defenders. In the cup replay at Balckburn last year, he marshalled Traore through the whole game, he often does the same for Clichy, constantly covering for him when he goes forwards. He is the ideal defender for anyone to play with and you can see that Chelsea miss him. A quote from last season that illustrates Amos' point from Gallas, "I don't like zonal marking, but I will change that. I will take responsibility." For some reason that really upset a lot of people.
Little Dutch
Cesc was relatively quiet for most of the game but the goal seemed to revitalise him; he was a lot more his old self after it went in. Flamini and Clichy were my men of the match, both absolutely outstanding. The atmosphere in the ground was great as well, and the chants knocking Barton and Keegan especially good. What I was most shocked by was the Newcastle support. "The best fans in the world"? Do me a favour, they were rubbish.
Moorish
 

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