When it comes to who to watch out for in the Arsenal team, it is easy to name a list
Their fans might be forever moaning but with £100m+ striker partnership Aubameyang and Lacazette, as well as the likes of Ozil, Ramsey and many others, including even the attacking full-backs Bellerin and Monreal, they still have a lot of quality.
As for Newcastle United, with Rafa Benitez forced into bargain basement shopping, maybe it is understandable that supporters of other clubs, often don’t have much of a club about the state of the NUFC team now.
Such as Arsenal fans.
I was interested to see this Arsenal write up (see below), clearly not having a clue about Newcastle’s relative strengths and weaknesses, as well as ‘danger men’…
The Arsenal view being ‘Joselu is their danger-man, Diame too, but I’m sure Emery will know that.’
Clearly this is somebody looking just at who has scored goals this season and yes Diame can be important for us, but as a ‘Danger man’?
Not knocking Joselu’s goals, they were well taken, but every Newcastle fan will be hoping Rondon is able to start on Saturday as he has impressed more and more, as he gets time on the pitch.
Having scored twice for Venezuela in midweek as a sub, his confidence will be on the up, and after the way he imposed himself on the Chelsea and Man City defences despite being outnumbered, his strength and quality could cause Arsenal a lot of quality.
As for danger elsewhere, Newcastle fans are desperate to see Kenedy back to form and Shelvey back in the team, Rafa having indicated he will be back from injury. unless any mishaps in training.
As for tactics, a bit lazy to assume Rafa will continue with five at the back. He was missing key players against Chelsea and Man City it was understandable, against Arsenal I definitely think we will be back to a four at the back.
Pre-match write-up on independent Arsenal site Highbury House:
“Newcastle away isn’t his (Mesut Ozil’s) kind of game I’d have thought.
“We’re going to need a bit of sleeve rolling in an upward direction, a bit of digging in and a bit of fight.
“Not literally of course, mind you you never know when Shelvey is in the opposing team.
“Newcastle are another team who like Cardiff City, are yet to win a game.
“They’ve lost to Man City, Chelsea and the Tiny Totts (Spurs), 2-1 on each occasion which would suggest they didn’t roll over easily.
“Joselu is their danger-man, Diame too, but I’m sure Emery will know that.
“In fact he’ll probably know much about the side we face tomorrow at 3pm but his biggest challenge is to get his players to carry out his game plan.
“Benitez played five at the back against Chelsea in their last match at St James Park so my guess is we’ll face a similar setup tomorrow although Rafa might fancy his chances against our defence which has looked all at sea so far this season so maybe he’ll be a bit more adventurous.”