Newcastle United (St James’ Park)
Wednesday 5th December, 2007
Kick Off: 7.45pm – Live On Sky Sports 1
Everyone is banking on Arsenal to cruise tonight against Newcastle, who have been pretty toothless recently under Sam Allardyce as he proves how much of an overrated manager he actually is.
But against Arsenal, his record isn’t bad.
With Bolton, he would be direct and that would cause us real problems. Obviously he is not getting results in the North East because he is forced to make a team actually play decent football, which is a far cry from his tactics at the Reebok.
But with only 4 points from their last 6 games Newcastle – and Allardyce in particular – are desperate.
And with this desperation it could signal trouble for Arsenal.
With injuries to Diaby, Fabregas, Hleb and Flamini our midfield is pretty bare, and with the Walrus urgently needing something from this game to keep the fans and board off his back who says he won’t try to kick Arsenal out of the game?
It looks like Diarra, Denilson and Gilberto will figure in tonight’s game and they will have to be on top form if they are to withstand the physical approach from Newcastle.
I think tonight will be a tough game and I’m just not comfortable with everyone putting 3 points in the bag before the game has even kicked off.
Newcastle have played poorly of late, but against the unbeaten league leaders they will raise their game tenfold.
Let’s make no mistake about it, tonight will be a fight.
I think we’ll just about edge it but I don’t think it will be as straight-forward as most people are making it out to be.