Arsenal vs. Newcastle Preview
Written by @KumailJ
As Liverpool continue to gain plaudits for their swashbuckling yet fortunate style, Arsenal have won all of their last three games, and are seemingly reaching the form that has eluded them since February. The return of Ramsey and Ozil, compounded with the return to form of Cazorla has meant our seemingly toothless attack into a sound creative force. In fact, the apparently invisible Ozil created 4 chances within his first 30 minutes of returning from injury. The sparkling form of Podolski has also resulted in these chances being finished off – one does hope the rumours regarding his potential departure prove to be untrue – he is right up there in Europe in terms of finishing.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have been on insipid form since Pardew rationally decided to head butt someone at the KC Stadium. Newcastle’s trip to the Emirates sees his return to the touchline – for most teams, this would be a certain morale boost, but I’m unsure if anyone would like the sight of a psychopath ranting at them from the touchline. Newcastle have been playing poorly; however, there is always that ONE game which sparks you back into form….
On the injury side, I was, along with many others, glad to see Diaby back. He should make an appearance by the end of the season and just adds to our wealth of midfield options. The competition in all areas of the midfield raises the game of all the players, whether in training or in the match. The fact that a quality player like Wilshere’s absence has hardly been noticed is purely accredited to the class of our current options. Meanwhile, Gibbs is still side-lined ensuring a start for Monreal, whose form has been patchy this season – however, I felt that a sound performance against Hull means he has every right to one.
The key players deciding this match will come from both sides – for Arsenal, obviously, Ramsey, Ozil and Podolski, the inform players, will be vital to our offensive ingenuity. On loan striker Loic Remy will provide a much needed finesse up front for the Geordies that has been severely missing.
Arsenal starting line-up prediction:
This is, bar the exclusion of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs, our strongest line up – the in form midfield combined with a resurgent Giroud should be enough to dispatch a frankly poor Newcastle side.