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Arsenal take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday afternoon looking to tighten their grip at the top. Here’s the team news and a predicted team.



Arsenal take on Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday afternoon looking to cement their place at the top of the Premier League.

The Gunners moved back to the summit after a 3-1 win over West Ham on Boxing Day and will be keen to at least maintain their current one point advantage this weekend.

Arsene Wenger has already confirmed he’ll be forced into making changes as the hectic festive fixture list begins to take it’s toll on the players.

The likes of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil and expected to be given a rest while Kieran Gibbs could also be given a breather with Nacho Monreal coming in at left-back.

Lukas Podolski could start up front having come off the bench to score one and set up another against the Hammers, while Tomas Rosicky should play after not featuring at Upton Park.

Mathieu Flamini is also likely to come in for Mikel Arteta while Jack Wilshere should replace Aaron Ramsey – who has been ruled out with a thigh strain – after serving a two-match ban.

Laurent Koscielny may be recalled after recovering from a cut to his knee and could replace Thomas Vermaelen in defence, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby are all still out injured.

Here’s my predicted team:

What do you think of our team? What would your line-up be? Share your thoughts below.



  1. Mikel chris

    December 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Strong team. Ozil needs serious rest. Aaron thigh strain came at the right time cos he needs rest but I wish him a very quick recovery.

  2. atri guha

    December 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Decent line-up.Maybe Szczesny needs some rest as well.Fabisnski should do ok, though I am concerned he has not played for such a long time.
    I think the youngsters like Thomas Eisfeld and Sarge Gnarby should be tried out as well.

    • TJ

      December 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      So what you are saying is- Szczesny, the goalkeeper wh runs 10Km’s per game needs rest and we should rest him for this vital away game against a team that are flying? And that we should try Eisfeld with no PL starts and Gnarby with one PL start for a tough trip to Newcastle. Are you for real?

    • bako bala

      December 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      is like some brook are not real arsenal fan

  3. Tai Obasi, Lagos.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Thank God you’re not Arsene Wenger…making as many as six changes to last line-up? Some people should really watch from the tubes! For a start, Newcastle is a robust dangerous side. Only Flamini and Wilshere may start ahead of injured Ramsey and Arteta…otherwise, same team as against West Ham lines out. It may not be what I want but I know enough of Wenger to anticipate what he’d line up. Expect Ozil to rest against Cardiff. Good that carzola showed against WHU he’s nearly back to form.

  4. EuropaPointFC

    December 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Arsenal, look at EnglishGrit + TheSpanishWay

  5. MCcoy

    December 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I think the same set of players that played against West Ham apart from the injured Ramsey should be paraded against Newcastle United and am sure we will come out victorious.

  6. markjohn,

    December 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    newcastle is a good team to me that should create enough caution to arsene that he should start with a strong side,

  7. Christian

    December 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Kosielny should pair with vermaelen,gnabry should also play…

  8. Alo

    December 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Just introduce rossk,podsk&flamini inplace of ozil,cazola &ramsy respectively.wishere,esfied &others could b introduced after a convincing leading.

  9. ikesco

    December 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    The reason of resting our weak striker oliver Giroud will be better to give chance to podoski show what he can do.

  10. Carlos

    December 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Great team hopefully Wenger replaces Arteta with Flamini and Cazorla
    To come in for Ramsey Ozil podolski wallcot to start and Bentender to Lead the line if I know Wenger – we need to win this game so can only see Wenger resting ozil nd Giroud together for Cardiff game

  11. Oshoskyy

    December 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I like it…I just wish Arsene Wenger will use it,I will be very happy.

  12. Bam

    December 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Some folks analyse football as if they are writing poem. Why the rest at this crucial stage of the league? Thank God they are not Wenger…I trust whom I have.

  13. Prince Joe from Nigeria

    December 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Wenger should rest Ozil, Arteta and Giroud, then bring in either Rosicky. Welshere. for Ozil, Flamini for Arteta and Prince Podolski for Giroud. With this changes, l expect good results come Sunday. Please Wenger don’t gamble this time around.

  14. jacob

    December 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Is good, but Wenger is the right position to no the lineup.will need too win the watch

  15. Cfc mgr

    December 27, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Itz time 4 d tough 2 move on. Diminishng marginal utility must set in. Newc 2, arsn 1 ft

  16. Iamozgoonet

    December 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The rests come against Cardiff, play to win! Usual back line, Flamini Wilshere holding mid’s, Podolski Ozil Walcott with Giroud up front.

  17. farhan

    December 28, 2013 at 12:27 am

    this line up is very strong but don’t rule out gibbs gibbs shoud play is a must this game n’castle are attacking team bin arfa is sereasly attacking winger

  18. gotzereusozil

    December 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

    totally agree, but vermaelen should start, hes gaining confidence and probably his class,dont stop his process, koscielny in give merterzecker rest

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