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Arsenal vs. Newcastle

Emirates Stadium

30/8/2008

5:30 pm

Arsenal v Newcastle

A difficult test awaits Arsenal today versus Newcastle at the Emirates. This is certainly not the team that laid down in the foetal position in both matches against Manchester United last season. Arsenal will need to continue their very impressive form they displayed against FC Twente midweek if they are going to get all three points out of this game.

After resting some of his players against the Dutch side, Arsene will most likely put Adebayor and Toure back in the starting line-up at the expense of Djourou and Bendtner. Eboue might have to settle for a place on the bench because it would be unfair to drop Theo after his sparkling display and well taken goal against Twente.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger addressed the criticism his team is receiving. "For me success is consistency," remarked Wenger on Friday. "I believe that the most important thing to achieve in the game is to be consistent at the top level and move forward in the way you play and with your results.

"Last year we made a big move forward compared to the season before. We got 83 points last year, that would have won the title in the whole of Europe but not here as one team made 87 and another 85. But we were very close.

"At the moment, we have to swim a bit against the stream as we get only negative vibes. But it's a good test, we have to be strong enough to keep our belief even if everyone around our environment does not believe in us."

Kevin Keegan commented on the difficult away trip. 'You know when you go there [the Emirates Stadium], like Old Trafford and Anfield and just about every place in the Premiership to be honest, you've got to stand up and be counted.

'You've got to have the courage to play and whatever team I put out, with injuries, there'll be a lot of personnel missing who would normally play and the other players have got to stand up and be counted.'

Arsenal Team News:

Good news is there are no new injuries to report, as the same squad for the Twente game is available for this game. Diaby, Rosicky, Bischoff, and Eduardo are all still out, while who knows what is going on with Silvestre.

Player to watch: Samir Nasri

After recovering from a sickness that prevented him from playing in the second half, Samir Nasri will be ready to continue to impress for his new team. In two and a half games the Frenchman has scored 2 goals. One more goal and he will equal his predecessor`s total of goal tally of last season in 3. And that took Alex Hleb thirty-eight appearances to amass.

Newcastle Team News:

Newcastle have many injuries throughout the squad but defensively they still seem to be in good shape. Midfield troublemaker Joey Barton could make his first start since his jail release and Michael Owen could start as well. Geremi, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Damien Duff, Claudio Cacapa and Andy Carroll are all out for the Tyneside club.

Player to watch: Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentinean defender, who signed from Deportivo La Coruna, was very impressive when I saw him against Manchester United on opening day. He played a key part in preserving the tie, and he will need to be on his best again for Newcastle to take points out of this match.

Match Facts & Stats

Newcastle lost all three trips to the Emirates Stadium last year in three different competitions by a total aggregate score of 8-0.

Emmanuel Adebayor has scored four goals in Arsenal's last three league and cup matches against Newcastle - all last season.

Cesc Fabregas will be making his 200th appearance in an Arsenal shirt.

Arsenal are unbeaten in six league and cup matches against Newcastle.

Ref Watch:

Rob Styles will be the head official for the match. Last season he averaged 3.44 yellow cards a games and he had a .44 red card average.

Match Prediction:

Newcastle will be a tough test as King Kev has improved the defensive side of his club, but with the injuries elsewhere I expect a 2-0 win for Arsenal. Adebayor and Walcott to score.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn(A) Premier League 13/9

Dynamo Kiev(A) Champions League 17/9

Bolton(A) Premier League 20/9




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Writer: gunnerkid107 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 30 2008

Time: 9:30AM

Your Comments

I think the player to watch is Jonas their new left winger who has impressed so far. Bac will have his hands full.
G4L
yea, itll be interesting to see adebayor fares up against collocini, and lets see if milner have any effect in leaving newcastle. i always think the kid is a bit overrated.
gooner_till_i_die
We play this team and we will win!!!!!!! Almunia; Sagna Gallas Djourou Clichy; Walcott Song Fabregas Nasri; Van persie Adebayor
Tom14
I have to agree with Tomf - that's my personal pick of the lineup. But I'm guessing Kolo will come back in CB (which is a bit worrying). I think we'll win this game, but I'd really like the bonus of THAT RvP for Holland playing well again for Arsenal. I have a feeling he will. (Then off he goes for Holland, and you know the drift...) :P
Lou the Gunneress
Still feels a bit weird to see Mikael Silvestre watching the game as "our player"..
Lou the Gunneress
Hehe Eboue's apparently so popular in the team that Cesc and team rushed to him, not RvP, after his backheel led to RvP's 2nd goal. :D
Lou the Gunneress
Vieira in the stand with Silvestre, what price a surprise return?!
Monkeyjerky
What the hell is Joey Barton still doing on any football pitch?!?!?!?
Lou the Gunneress
Haha I love Samir Nasri for the cheeky little trip on Barton. Barton should be nowhere near an EPL football pitch
gunnerkid107
Joey Barton is an absolute scumbag. The tackle was probably fair, but strong and unessecary in an undangerous part of the pitch near the end of a game that was completly past them, it's was just further proof of what a complete **** the man is. The look on his face after the tackle tells you everything you need to know about him. Good on yer Sami!!
Rocky7
Exactly, it's his little small man's smirk that's despicable, not the challenge itself. I guess that's what provoked Samir too. Such a piece of ****. Samir's also shown he's not to be pushed around, I like that, although that trip could have got him into trouble. For once I liked the commentary that said "Arsenal's comprehensive win", quite literally. If I were the Toon guys, I would've wanted that guy to be sacked long before. But if Cesc or someone has told Samir that that guy's a convicted criminal, he'd be like "Really...? Oh.. ****.." by now lol
Lou the Gunneress
Don't **** with a Marseille rude boy like Nas, he grew up in gangs and his first team was a gang team. Already I luv Nas - pure ledge. nutmegging the poison dwarf, the trip was so subtle I still can't see it. WTF was Keegan on about getting in Nas' face after? Was a little trip just to say "I aint taking your ****" worse than that pointless scything charge? Obviously not, get a grip Keegan you mentalist. A good few thousand chanting "SCUM!" was pure pantomime. Good work all round!
nikolaijns
Both managers' reactions here for UK users: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/match_of_the_day/7590252.stm (Keegan's still bitching about "the player" and that "Joey's got his head down, doing his job.") I understand a manager has to stick up for his players, no matter how cr@p they are, but this is such a complete joke!
Lou the Gunneress
Jus realised it was Gael that 'megged Barton, Clichy was awesome today, The Arsenal are now officially up and running!. But the only club with nil points is? :)
nikolaijns
We totally played them off the pitch this evening, it was great to see, also I was happy that Denilson scored a goal, Nasri showed that he can cope with the EPL no probs, and Eboue had a good game as well. It was a very good evening all round.
hackneyval
I hope they get off the mark tommorow though nik, although i can't see it happening. Daniel Levy will be getting ready to sack Ramos soon and bring back Martin Jol (who will be sacked a month later, having sold the entire team)
ArsenalRob
Obviously we all want the chavs to drop points Rob...although....just not tomorrow :)
nikolaijns
Sublime football from the Arsenal. The game was such a joy to watch, we should have scored atleast 6 goals, but some poor finishing and fantastic goal keeping prevented that. Good to see the lads back in form.
prits
Oh was it Clichy, Niko? I couldn't see it when it happened. But Nasri did get booked on like 90+2 minute so I thought it's him. That trip wasn't included in the MotD highlights either - 5h1t BBC editing. That bit when Keegan scolded Samir was very funny too.
Lou the Gunneress
I pointed this out to my pops who also agrees. With Arsenal other teams feel it right to basically kick us around, when Arsenal shows their fangs, I notice a lot of them complaining about it. It's like they have it in their head that they are little children who should not dare fight back. I was glad that Nasri tripped Barton to let him know he wasn't taking it. I have never disliked a player as much as I dislike Barton, as other players are at the least professionals he is just a thug.
Gunners
It was Clichy that nutmegged Barton Lou, tho initially I thought it was Nas, but Nas was the one that 'tripped' him. funny how MOTD missed out Billy telling Keegan to shut the **** up, nice capitain nice!
nikolaijns
You guys were absolutely fantastic today. A pure joy to watch. That's the Arsenal I remember being afraid to play. The chemistry and creativity was outstanding. Nasri tripping Barton was one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life. Just don't play like that against the Villa!
los_angeles_villan
I didn't even see the Nasri challenge. It looked like a very very funny coincidence.
Tom14
I didn't think he did owt either Tom, but Nasri's reaction told me what I needed to know .... lol .... You don't have to do much to know someone over running at high speed. I think Nasri became every neutral supporters favorite Arsenal player yesterday!
Rocky7
does anyone have any news on Robin's injury? he is such a world class player, ***** i hope he isn't out with another injury..
luckys_10
 

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