This is my predicted Newcastle team v Arsenal for Saturday afternoon.

I know the mood isn’t great at the moment…but a decent performance and win can go a long way towards getting everybody smiling again.

We know that getting rid of Mike Ashley is the only show in town but we can be allowed a little bit of football in the meantime.

Last season, Newcastle came under a little bit of pressure when playing the Gunners last season,  conceding on 14 minutes.

Only to then come back and win 2-1 with goals from Perez and Ritchie, ending the match the better team and this was the day in April that finally confirmed we were safe from relegation.

That can’t quite happen on Saturday but I think Newcastle can pick up their first victory of the season.

Having broken the Arsenal curse and picking up the first win against them at St James Park since 2005, no reason why that can’t be repeated.

Under new manager Unai Emery, they haven’t been convincing and with having had most of their players away on international duty, Newcastle can take advantage.

In many ways this is an ideal scenario or Rafa Benitez, a two week break where he can work with players such as Kenedy who has had a tough start to the season.

Ritchie and Shelvey are back training, whilst other key players such as Lascelles, Fernandez and Diame have also been in for training rather than away with their countries.

This would be my Newcastle team v Arsenal:

newcastle team v arsenal

This team has three changes from the one that beat Arsenal in April, with Lejeune, Perez and Gayle, replaced by Fernandez, Hayden and Rondon.

Both Perez and Muto have been poor so far this season, so why not give Shelvey a bit more license and add Hayden to Diame to give a solid base in front of the back four?

Encourage both Kenedy and Ritchie to support Rondon when Newcastle have possession, get Yedlin forward, and I think we can be in business.

Arsenal have already conceded eight goals in the Premier League, including two at Cardiff when they (Arsenal) were lucky to get away with a 3-2 win.

They look dodgy at the back and Newcastle have to try and press them further up the pitch rather than stand off like they did against Chelsea and Man City. The Gunners obviously do have some talented players but they also look fragile and Rafa’s team need to take advantage.

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  • Jezza

    Sadly there’s not a single player in that eleven or on our books at all who would get into the Arsenal team. We will be relying solely on Rafa working his magic again if we’re to get any kind of result.

    • Leazes.

      That’ll be the ‘magic bus’.

    • Polarboy

      Dubravka would on Cech’s current form. Haven’t seen much of Leno to know how good he is.

      • Leazes.

        Think you missed the point.

        • Polarboy

          I was perhaps being more literal than him, but no I didn’t miss the point.

        • Vodkamagpie

          What’s the point, putting down the Newcastle team

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Your pals almost destroyed the team

    • robbersdog

      I think Lascelles could hold his own at any level, and Dubravka looks top class, but apart from them, our squad is well short of true class.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      It’s not out of the question that Lascelles and Shelvey make Arsenal’s bench. And honestly, at this point Dubravka is playing better than Cech. But beyond that…

  • Paul Patterson

    Where to start- Clark will start alongside Lascelles, Hayden will not start after his red card and Diame will play alongside Shelvey IF Shelvey is fit and Perez will start behind the striker.

    • Leazes.

      Quite clearly there appears to be six players in the opposition half….that’s not going to happen either…the author must be simple!

      • Ron

        No they are set up like this until Arsenal come out, then they all run to stand on our goal line,

      • Kenny

        banking on you to shout penalty 😁

        • Wor Lass

          I`ve got a standing order on 18 minutes!

  • Emprex

    I really hope I am wrong, but I cannot see us taking a point from Arsenal never mind a win

  • robbersdog

    If Shelvey is at No.10, it’ll negate his primary skill, ie, the medium/long range pass to a striker running into space. He’s a quarterback, just like Cabaye used to be and needs to be more deep-lying than this lineup suggests.

    • panther

      just stole my post there

  • Philippines

    Perez has made significant contributions in all games so far… anyway, your opinion. Tonight in my home town of Angeles City, Philippines, I spotted a chap in the bar with a Newcastle shirt on. It turned out he was just a youngster of 62, here on holiday. We were both at the home match when Supermac put three past Liverpool. We both agree that the toon will beat Arsenal this week. HTL.

  • Natturner26

    I think we will play 5-4-1 and lose closely. Not looking forward to it at all.

  • Mxpx

    Issac hayden won’t be playing I’d rather see shelvey playing deeper too I’d like to see Kennedy in the 10 role and Murphy right Ritchie left or Kennedy left and Murphy 10

  • Kenny

    4-5-1 Perez will play, not Hayden

    • Wor Lass


  • Alreet

    Hayden wants out. He got a straight red. Wont he be banned?

    Shelvey and lascelles have to start. Need to give muto a bit more time. Kenedy to be dropped for atsu or murphy and the back line picks itself besides that.