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Fans choice of Newcastle team v Arsenal on Sunday

3 years ago
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We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Arsenal?

We put together a list of the 24 players who could potentially be selected for this 1.30pm Sunday afternoon kick-off.

An excellent response and a very clear message from fans as to how they would see the team lining up.

This despite Rafa Benitez saying he finally has a full squad to choose from.

Nine selections got 90% or higher support.

Kenedy (98%), just edging out Shelvey (97%) and Lascelles & Dubravka (both 96%) for top spot.

This left two places in the team, the most forward ones…

Islam Slimani was ruled out of last week’s game as he is still on Leicester’s books but fans have put him in their team, with 77% support.

Ayoze Perez keeps his place with 85% support, after he followed up the winner against Huddersfield with an assist and goal to defeat Leicester.

Those who a bit quicker off the mark will have realised who misses out in this fan choice of team,

Dwight Gayle paying for missed chances with only 29% of the fan vote, as they would like to see the unknown quantity of Slimani to be given a chance.

The rest of the players are nowhere really, with only Mikel Merino (13%) getting more than 10% support.

So this is the fans choice team:

Here is the percentage (rounded up or down to nearest whole number) support for each player from the thousands of votes cast:

98% Kenedy

97% Jonjo Shelvey

96% Martin Dubravka

96% Jamaal Lascelles

95% DeAndre Yedlin

94% Paul Dummett

93% Florian Lejeune

90% Matt Ritchie

90% Mohamed Diame

85% Ayoze Perez

77% Islam Slimani

29% Dwight Gayle

13% Mikel Merino

10% Jacob Murphy

8% Christian Atsu

6% Ciaran Clark

5% Chancel Mbemba

4%  Isaac Hayden

3% Joselu

3% Javier Manquillo

3% Rob Elliot

2%  Massadio Haidara

2% Jesus Gamez

1% Karl Darlow

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

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