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Arsenal Form, Chelsea & Newcastle / Sunderland


Arsenal Form


Since the opening day defeat to Liverpool, Arsenal have now gone 14 games undefeated in all competitions. We are in scintillating form. With some nasty fixtures coming up (Spurs, Man U, PSG) it will be a tough job to keep that run going. But with 2 of those 3 at home, we have a chance of following up an unbeaten September and October with an unbeaten November. Starting tomorrow with a trip to Ludogorets.


For me, this season has been defined so far by misreporting by the media. No more so when The Guardian announced that Liverpool and Tottenham are setting a thrilling Premier League pace – when they were 3rd and 4th. Spurs now sit 5th. Still unbeaten mind!

Another narrative written incorrectly was by those who were quick to write off Chelsea. Reports even surfaced that Antonio Conte was about to get sacked.

Yes, we dicked them, but 10 games in they sit 4th. Just a point off the top.

What has been interesting is that whilst a lot has been written about how Manchester City fans need to give Pep Guardiola time whilst he rebuilds the way they play, the same ideology has not been applied to Chelsea.

Conte has now moved to his 343 (or whatever!) formation that saw him so successful at Juventus and Chelsea have now won 4 on the spin.

With players like Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Chelsea are in this title race. They should not be written off.

Newcastle / Sunderland

At the back end of last season, I posed a question when Newcastle and Sunderland were fighting for the right to remain in the Premier League.

Would you rather get relegated to the Championship, and run away with the league next year, or remain in the Premier League, and have another year fighting relegation?

My thinking was simple. People love winning. Last season Sunderland saw their side win just 12 games from 38 as they finished 2 points ahead of rivals Newcastle, who won 11 of 38.

Newcastle this season have already won 11 games. Sunderland still without a win.

Whilst Sunderland are now in a relegation battle for the 5th season in a row – the last 4 seasons have seen just 35 wins, Newcastle are having fun in the Championship. On course to come straight back up, as Champions.

I guess the best way to judge it is through attendances.

At 84.1%, Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League attendance table. Meanwhile, Newcastle are on average at 96.4% full to capacity. The Championship high. Proof, perhaps, that as a fan, the short term final day pain of relegation can soon be forgotten about by a successful season in a lower league.

10 Reasons why we will beat Newcastle + Starting 11

1) Newcastle have lost 5 in a row and have only won 4 in their last 17. Their players minds are clearly on the beach.

2) Alan Pardew – a horrible little bigot and useless manager.

3) Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle’s only decent player, was reportedly sent back home to France at the weekend.

4) We have players returning from injury. Ozil, Ramsey, Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain are all fit and raring to go.

5) Arsenal players will be highly motivated. With FA Cup places to play for and 4th within our sites, they should know what they have to do.

6) We are unbeaten in the last 6 games against Newcastle, who have won just once in 16 games against The Arsenal.

7) In the last 12 games between the two sides, Arsenal have nearly 3 goals a game.

8) Bacary Sagna is in the form of his life, is he trying to justify his pay demands?

9) And Lukas Podolski, 5 goals in 3 games. The German has regained confidence.

10) If Arsenal win, it will be St Totteringham’s Day

Expected Starting 11: Chesney, Sagna, BFG, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud, Podolski

Reminder: TfL have a planed tube strike starting at 9.30pm tonight. Details here….



10 Reasons why we will beat Newcastle + likely starting 11+ Pardew facts.

1.. Pardew, what a horrible piece of work he is. From being openly racist about the number of non-British players we once had to now having less British players than us. There’s nothing like having morals and he definitely has none.

2.. Newcastle are sitting in 7th in the Prem, dizzy heights for them and mainly down to having the 4th best home record, sadly for them we have the best away record.

3.. Pardew, again, did i mention he once got right in the face of Mr Wenger after managing a last minute winner whilst in charge at west ham ?? add no class to no morals.

4.. Chesney must be very disappointed in his spillage which lead to the whammers goal, he will be looking to make amends.

5.. Pardew played 4 times for tottenham and was on the pitch for their record defeat in 1995 8-0 away to FC Koln. So no morals, class and played for the scum

6.. Ramsey out, which hopefully will mean more of Podolski down the left and Santi in the middle.

7.. Theo, fast proving everyone wrong again.

8.. We won there 1 nil last season, but don’t tell tottenham fans that, they swear blind Newcastle have scored.

9.. We are the form team of the calender year 2013, 79 points, if we win today we will leave the year top of the Prem. Sadly there is not a trophy for this.

10.. Wenger knows, only a few days until he can buy the striker we need to really make a push for the title this season.

My Starting 11 – Chesney, Sagna, BFG, TV, Gibbs, Flamini, Santi, Ozil, Podolski, Theo, Giroud.