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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Arsenal Hoping for a Strong Come Back against Newcastle United

Arsenal is facing Newcastle United tonight with the hope to bounce back in premier league to put their Fulham setback behind. However, a strong performance is eagerly anticipated from the Arsenal boys tonight. Arsenal defeated the Magpies twice last season in premier league, clinching 3-0 victories both in home and away. Naturally, the expectation is higher among the Arsenal fans.

The good thing for Wenger is that he does not need to contend with any fresh injury. With Fabregas making a satisfactory come back from hamstring injury, Gunners midfield looks stronger and more united and that must be a pleasant feeling for the fans. However, new signing Mikael Silvestre will remain sidelined with thigh injury. Moreover, long term absentees like Eduardo, Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky are still recovering from their injury problems.

William Gallas and Theo Walcot suffered minor knock in knee during their 4-0 thrash over Twente, but both the players are expected to be available for tonight’s home fixture against Newcastle United. Another key player Samir Nasri also shook off a stomach bug which sidelined Nasri during midweek victory over the Dutch club. I think, Emmanuel Adebayor will be in the starting line up against Newcastle United, while Nicklas Bendtner will be in the substitute bench.

Newcastle United started off well in the season with a draw at Manchester United in the opening match and then a victory over Bolton Wanderers last week- thus accumulating four points from two matches. However, coach Kevin Keegan will be without a number of injured players including Geremi, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Damien Duff, Claudio Cacapa and Andy Carroll. Injury badly affected their front line, leaving Michael Owen as the only fit notable striker now. Joey Barton might come back in the match.

To be honest, I do not expect anything bigger from Arsenal, rather I will just be happy to see the Gunners leaving the ground with three points, because for us, it is very important to be back in winning track in the league. If Gallas and co. can replicate their last season’s success over the Magpies, it will be something additional for the fans because, I think, Newcastle United looks stronger and sharper than they did last season. So, a victory should be the first priority for Arsenal.

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