The Newcastle team v Arsenal has just been confirmed.

Rafa Benitez going for a fifth win in seven games.

The Newcastle boss able to choose from a full squad.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with, a familiar looking line-up that has started five of the last six matches (Liverpool the odd one out):

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle

Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy, Slimani, Joselu

Atsu drops off the bench to make space for Slimani, once again no place in matchday 18 for Mikel Merino.

Arsenal team:

Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Willock, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs

Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Nketiah, Welbeck, Nelson

Compare Rafa’s side to the fans choice one here.

Newcastle v Arsenal Match Betting with BetVictor:

Newcastle win 9/4 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal win 5/4

Perez to score first goal 9/1 – NUFC win 1-0 12/1 – Slimani to score in both halves 33/1



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Once again at home Rafa prefers a defensive midfielder to Merino.
    well he knows what he`s doing but what happens if Jonjo picks up an injury.
    Can never figure the man out

    • Geordiegiants

      That’s the reason he is a top manager. It’s easy to make popular decisions.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        your right ok & i`m glad he manages Newcastle but i`ll never back his system of play,

        • Geordiegiants

          I’m with you on that one, it’s not very good to watch and never will be, but it gets results, you only need to look at Manure having to watch the same style of football.

    • Leicester Mag

      Well having the Hos on the bench is a waste of a F in seat. He wouldnt strengthen chicken town down the road

    • thewildchimp

      Hayden is a replacement for Diame, because Mo has a very physical task and can last for around 80 mins. What I’m surprised about is Joselu instead of Merino. We don’t need two strikers on the bench, since we don’t play that way. And Merino may replace Perez as well.

      • nufcslf

        Very true.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Arsenal 1-0

  • nufcslf

    I hope he scores a hat-trick, but Gayle getting the start is a surprise for the chances missed in recent matches. Thought Slimani’s debut was a goid bet. So much for my 2 nil win, still think we have goals in us, though.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      so much for the Mag & the Chron crowing about a weakened team out for Arsenal,

      • nufcslf

        Plenty of fire power in it. Nice that this match is not do or die for a change and we can play our way back into it rather than almost defending a 1 nil loss for the remainder of the game. There we are 1-1. Get in

      • Leicester Mag

        Regards the Chronic you mean the Beano with Crayons?

        • Coach Clagnut

          No need to insult The Beano mate.

  • Peaky

    Imagine where we would be if we had either Lacazette or Aubameyang instead of Gayle & Hoss….

    • thewildchimp

      At the 6th spot, maybe. :D

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      We`re getting played off the park

      • Peaky

        Busy so listening on 5Live….Michael O’ Neill Is getting right on my t*ts…

      • Leicester Mag

        Amazing that Arsenal hadn’t played 2 up front together before today running rings around us

  • Leicester Mag

    Gayle sadly looking powder puff no real threat

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      We haven`t got a striker worth a chow

    • Geordiegiants

      Would like to see Slimani get those chances.

  • Peaky

    PEREZ !!!!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Brilliant goal

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    1-1 Perez

  • thewildchimp

    The problem in this particular game seems to be that Wenger has caught on that our only danger upfront is Kenedy, perhaps also Ritchie. So it’s not a problem for them to three-time Ken, even if does manage to pass, we’ll have no fangs left.

    • thewildchimp

      And just as I’ve said it, Perez proves me wrong. :D Well, I’m glad for it. :p

      • Peaky

        😂🤣😂
        3 in 3 now for our little Spanish genius….

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          He`s doing a SloMo,

    • Mxpx

      Your analysis looks spot on shelvey can hit gayle with a long ball anytime he wants it seems they don’t see him as a threat and they might be right in terms of his finishing but not his build up play

      • thewildchimp

        Agree with that 100%.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Great goal…game on!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      very true

  • Mxpx

    2 goals in the first half hour Mr benitez is really spoiling us today by treating us to an open game

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Shocking isn`t it

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I hope Slimani gets 30 mins to see what he`s got

    • Leicester Mag

      Well Gayle currently playing without any confidence

    • Geordiegiants

      Be good to see him with a couple of those chances Gayle has had.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    our defence is all over the place

    • thewildchimp

      Wenger is very good at stretching tight defences. And has players with the ability, too.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He has a quality squad n o doubt about that

        • nufcslf

          Just as well the Arsenal fans have full faith in him………..

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂

  • nufcslf

    A bit start stop, but 1 all at half-time and a great finish from Perez will do nicely.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Jonjo,
    a master class in how to deliver a ball & he`s made some excellent tackles in midfield

    • nufcslf

      As already said it would be nice to see what Slimani would do on the end of that kind of service.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s a big guy & would scare the hell out of their back 4 if those balls were coming in from Jonjo

      • Mxpx

        Gayle is running in behind for the long ball I think slimani lacks the pace to do that but he could come shorter and hold it up and bring the midfield and perez into play quite effectively

  • Geordiegiants

    Looks like it going to be a long second half this.

    • nufcslf

      I think with Rafa’s tactics, that could work in our favour.

      • Geordiegiants

        🤞 eh!

      • Geordiegiants

        Happily wrong.

        • nufcslf

          I did just mean little to know chances, but we might score one.

          • Geordiegiants

            Was talking about me. 😃

  • Leicester Mag

    Perez and Gayle the Teflon 2. This team would be transformed with a class C.F. we can but dream…

    • Coach Clagnut

      It would be nice to see Jonjo pinging them to a couple of strikers who, between them, cost over 100 million as opposed to 11.5.

      • nufcslf

        This is the problem. Thanks Cashley.

      • thewildchimp

        Might actually happen if he is selected for the England.

        • Mxpx

          Interesting you say that as while Harry kane may well fetch 100m if he moves right now he’s actually a youth team graduate and cost nothing as is Marcus Rashford…. This is something we should learn from Wallsend boys club always produced England players in the past

          • Coach Clagnut

            We tried that with Shearer….put him in goal!

    • nufcslf

      A Giroud type player would score a ton of goals.

  • Coach Clagnut

    See the Lahndin Ladyboys are starting their antics.

  • Peaky

    Here comes Slim….

  • Mxpx

    Based on our bench Id love to see Jacob Murphy coming on for perez I think we could use the extra pace

  • TheNutJob

    Matt 2-1

  • Coach Clagnut

    Outstanding!!!!!!

  • Leicester Mag

    Get in!!!!

  • TheNutJob

    Slimani, Perez, Matt, bang great move

  • Leazes.

    What

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂

  • Coach Clagnut

    Wenger’s got 3 strikers on. You think he wants to win this game?

    • nufcslf

      Hope it opens up their defence for another goal so I can breath again

    • TheNutJob

      3 class strikers

      • Coach Clagnut

        3 very expensive strikers earning north of a quarter million a week.

    • Mxpx

      Honestly does it matter surely wenger needs to win the europa league to keep his job now

      • Coach Clagnut

        I just can’t see Wenger getting sacked with 1 year left on his contract. If they end up potless & out of Europe he might move upstairs.

        • Peaky

          In Clagnut Mansions ??? Have you got a spare bedroom for him ??

          • Coach Clagnut

            He can have the spare netty.

          • Peaky

            🤣😂🤣

  • thewildchimp

    Good man Ritchie. Always sticks back in that flag.

    • Peaky

      🤣😂🤣

    • Coach Clagnut

      A gentleman to be sure.

  • TheNutJob

    we just hit the bar

  • Peaky

    HOSS
    HOSS
    HOSSSS….

  • Coach Clagnut

    Neigh bother, bring on the Hoss!

  • TheNutJob

    The Hoss has just galloped on

  • Leazes.

    Joselu is on…. from the jaws of victory C’est la vie!

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂😂😂

    • Coach Clagnut

      Bit premature mate.

      • Leazes.

        Nah.. watch an learn!

    • thewildchimp

      In this strange world that we are living in, he’s actually the defensive reinforcement…

  • TheNutJob

    Slimani looks the real deal

    • Geordiegiants

      He looks very good compared to what we are used to.

      • TheNutJob

        he`s been excellent

        • Geordiegiants

          Down to fitness now.

          • TheNutJob

            i`d start him against Hippo Heeds Everton

  • Peaky

    Has Harry Kane claimed Ritchie’s goal yet ???

    • TheNutJob

      he`s after Perez`s

      • Peaky

        Wor Lass must be picking grapes in his vineyard !

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Or Rat A$$ed on cheap Plonk

  • Geordiegiants

    Slo Mo has been outstanding today so far.

    • Coach Clagnut

      Again.

    • Mxpx

      Not sure what’s happened to him but since Christmas he’s been excellent

      • Geordiegiants

        It must be that figgy pudding.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      SloMo shades MOTM from Jonjo, both top class

  • Coach Clagnut

    Last minute…we might win this.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      3 mins added time

  • Coach Clagnut

    The Hoss does what he does best…falls down and wins a free kick

    • thewildchimp

      Gotta give him credit, he’s an excellent time-waster!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    What a win,
    get a Bog knocked down for Rafa`s statue
    😳😳😳

    • Peaky

      😂😂😂😂😂

  • Coach Clagnut

    Done….magnificent.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The lad`s fought for every ball today & got their due reward

    • Leicester Mag

      Diame was monumental

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Brilliant

      • Peaky

        Love to know what happened in that bust up with Lascelles…but I tell you what…it worked.

        • Leicester Mag

          Wouldn’t want to step in on that one now!

  • Leicester Mag

    Fantastic win thoroughly professional.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Arsenal looked slightly better than average today….all down to Rafa

    • Leazes.

      Jet lag.

      • Coach Clagnut

        From London to Newcastle?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂😂

  • Essex_Toon

    RELIEF!

  • Pozz Mozz

    Ever since Rafa started picking up tips from this forum, we can’t stop winning

    • Peaky

      😂😂😂😂

  • Peaky

    Going to have to put MOTD on my weekly planner now…..

    • Leicester Mag

      Ha ha year before last got royally tucked off autodeleting at 4:55

  • Peaky

    WENGER OOT….

    • Leicester Mag

      Worth him staying just to p1ss off Piers

      • Peaky

        WENGER BACK IN….

      • Coach Clagnut

        Pond Life Piers.

    • TheNutJob

      Jabba, jabba, jabba, oot,oot,oot
      🐖 🐖

  • Mrkgw

    Great result. Was impressed with the impact of Slimani who even at 29, should be considered as a longer term addition. Whether Ashley will invest remains to be seen but lets at least enjoy the win.

    • TheNutJob

      he looked good

      • Fireman Sam

        He is far more effective than gayle, Perez or hoselu.

  • TheNutJob

    next up Hippo Heed

    • Peaky

      Nowt to fear….would love to beat Astro Turf Napper & the rest of the mackem loving blue scousers….

      • Coach Clagnut

        The scouse mackems hate him. The heart bleeds for them.

  • nufcslf

    Got the goal either side of half right, but 2-1 instead of 2 nil. Very happy all the same. Now who to beat next week…..

  • Fireman Sam

    How many fans did Arsenal have at the match today?

    Sky dropped the camera view to hide them, so curious!

  • kingfisher

    Amanda will be knocking on The Pigs door first thing on Monday morn, name your price Mike 🤣

    • TheNutJob

      fingers crossed

    • Peaky

      ….and a ride in/on his chopper…..
      😳😳😳

      • Coach Clagnut

        Not liking the visuals on that one.

      • Leicester Mag

        Yellow card for that shocking image!

      • kingfisher

        Aye Peaky,come to Daddy Amanda, and say a few words and tell me how much you want to buy the toon.Oooh, that’s a funny shaped microphone Daddy😘😗😋

  • Alreet

    Safe. Amanda get your bid in soon as and we can start planning the summer now.

    Get in!

  • Peaky

    🤓🤓🤓 <<< Go away Penfold we divvent want you spoiling the rest of the night…..

    • Leicester Mag

      Maybe he’ll be the fluffer

  • Wor Monga

    Celebrations tonight…a magnificent team effort all-round…Mo Diame and Ayoze the 2 that the stay at home Toon critics, crucified, but couldn’t dishearten showed what the game of football is about…

    …watch out for the Arsenal (Wenger’s) excuses after their trip abroad, but make no bones about it they came to kill us off early, and the Toon of days gone by would just slink off quietly into their box, but this team is made of different stuff, due to the Rafalution that we can see taking shape!!!

    • Leicester Mag

      Absolutely under McDuff / Geordie John or the Silver Shthead that would have been 3 or 4 nil. Amazing the difference a true manager makes vs a sycophantic clown

      • Andy Mac

        Must add “Silver Shthead” to the Toon dictionary 👌

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They were rightly crucified as they were`nt pulling their weight,
      in fact Diame couldn`t get a game, now they are, they are reaping the praise

  • kingfisher

    We can relax now and try to get as high up the League as possible.Of course Ashley and his apologists will say that his refusal to back Rafa with sufficient funds has proved to be a wise move.The simple truth is that we have reached safety, and we are in the position we are in, DESPITE Ashley, not because of him. Rafa should be given the freedom of the City and be allowed to graze his cows on the Town Moor😁😀🤣👍👍👍

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Farmer Giles wouldn`t be to happy about Rafa`s cows on his patch
      🐄 🐄 🐄

    • Alreet

      Totally. Rafa shows how a gaffer can manage if left to it. Imagine what a bit of wedge could acheive.

      I was one who wanted diame out but showing his best position and a bit of guidance and he becomes a poor mans kante.

      Perez. Dubravka. Kenedy. Lascelles. Dummett and alot of others have benefitted from rafas experience and skill.

      If any rafa doubters are still outthere get a checkup and see that he is the horozontal and vertical of how we arent in the bottom 3 now

  • Coach Clagnut

    Reckon Charnley will be on the phone offering 10 bob and a stotty cake for Kenedy.

    • Fireman Sam

      Charnley is the only man alive that could even mess up a deal for Dubravka, and he wants to come and has a release clause.

      Rafa and the players have done fantastic, now over to Charnley and Fat Ashley. I refuse to get my hopes up.

      • Geordiegiants

        Not a single thing will change. Everything will be the same next season apart from we won’t have Lascelles, or Kennedy.

        • Cockneytrev

          I hate to say it,, but I agree,,,

    • Peaky

      Aye Coach when all is said and done you can’t beat a good Brazilian….

      • nufcslf

        Billiant.

      • Coach Clagnut

        That’s a bald fact.

  • Fireman Sam

    RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️RAFA😊BENITEZ ⚽️

    • nufcslf

      Should be in the hunt for manager of the year for the job he has done with no help from the fat c**t in the summer and January. Player’s enjoying playing for him is a huge bonus as well. Bring on the takeover and what a breath of fresh air the last 3 or 4 months have been in terms of football. Which to fans is what matters on a match day.

      • Cockneytrev

        You are exactly right,,,
        The bloke oozes class,,