Bergkampesque Live Blog. Line-ups are Out and Koscielny, Monreal and Flamini are Back In.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who forced a Coloccini own goal in the reverse fixture back in August retains his starting spot while Joel Campbell stays on the bench.

Full Line-ups:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Campbell, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide.

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaar, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic.

Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Lascelles, Gouffran, Thauvin, de Jong, Toney.

So, from the match preview I only got 10 of 11 (17 of 18 amongst the suited up players)…Ah well, so it goes… 😀

On the Newcastle side, Rob Elliot has recovered from illness to take the goalkeeper’s gloves for the Toon which should give them a lift.  Chiek Tiote comes in for injured Vernon Anita as the midfield fulcrum man.  McClaren going for both Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic is a “go for it” sort of statement which doesn’t leave a lot of attacking talent on the subs bench beyond Thauvin and Gouffran.

It’s a similar situation on our side, with only Campbell (and Gibbs, I guess) as an attacking option who has actually scored for the first team.  This is a serious squad Wenger has put out today, and one which needs to get on top of the Magpies early to secure the full points.

Go on you Gunners, I say!!

What do you think?  Please join me in the comments for this one.  Cheers!!

by 17highburyterrace

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103 Responses to Bergkampesque Live Blog. Line-ups are Out and Koscielny, Monreal and Flamini are Back In.

  1. 17highburyterrace says:

    Anybody around?…Thoughts going into the match?…

    ‘Pool lose 2-nil at Upton Park. They are our next league match on Wednesday the 13th. Between now and then they have to play Stoke in the league cup semi (first leg) and then Exeter City in a Friday night match in the FA Cup… As such, they’ll have an extra day’s rest before we play them. It won’t matter if they don’t start playing better, however…

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Well done with line up. Ox gets another chance which I wasnt expecting. CoyGs 🙂

  3. 17highburyterrace says:

    Anybody?…

    Good start with Bellerin attacking down the right…First one out for a corner, 2nd cannot be converted by the Ox 8 yards out…

    Great tackle by Ramsey (I think) as Toon try to attack…

    We look strong, early on… Ozil fouled by Tiote

  4. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey TA…

    6th min…Very nice close control again on the right but Bell’s toe poke pass gets intercepted… Toon break is easily contained… Back with us with Taylor allowing advantage but then we give it back… Giroud complaining…

  5. 17highburyterrace says:

    Commentators giving Ox grief but Bellerin wins a corner which they have a LOT of trouble clearing…

    We’re looking dangerous but have yet to force a save….

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds like the start we all wanted… At it from the word go

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    TA, do you have television for this one?

    10th min: Toon have a bit of the ball but have to play it back to Elliot…

    Flamini almost steals it…

    12th min: Theo almost wins a 50-50 but it breaks for Toon…Janmaat cross is easily handled by Cech.

    Theo in the box lays off but Flams long shot is blocked. Ramsey slips and his cross goes out of play…

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    No TV for anyone here in UK… Ridiculous really.

  9. Ab says:

    Hi there HT. Following remotely again. Plenty of effort by the sounds, but missing a bit of touch

  10. 17highburyterrace says:

    Another Bellerin cross, another corner but Giroud can’t win the header. Flam high boot whistled…

    Rain really coming down now… Elliot taking lots of time with goal kicks…

  11. 17highburyterrace says:

    15th: Arsenal break but Theo’s throughball to Ollie is blocked by Dummett…

    16th: Toon passing it around but cannot penetrate our lines. A high angled cross gets to Mitrovic and forces Cech into action, the rebound also requires an easy save…

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    Toon doing better, but Colback overhits a pass for a Cech GK…

    19th Minute: Ox called for a retaliatory foul on Tiote…

  13. 17highburyterrace says:

    Tiote down… So, no (free) TV over there… Time to start selling some ads so you can afford a sky subscription, Total… 😀

    Did you see the post card from Tahoe on the previous post?…

  14. 17highburyterrace says:

    22nd min: Newcastle have withstood our quick start and now things seem a bit more even…

    Ramsey tries a lofted pass to Giroud but it’s overhit and the big man slips on the wet pitch… Very tame…

    We look happy to defend and try to get them on the counter…

    Nice tackle by Rambo but we lose it…

    24th: After some harmless Toon possession and a foul near the center line it’s back with us…

  15. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very nice chest down from Giroud to Ozil but Theo loses it back to Magpies…

    Ayoze gets into the box and takes a high angled shot but very wide…

  16. TotalArsenal says:

    I have Sky but Saturday three pm games cannot be broadcasted. Just count yourself very fortunate. 😎

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi AB, you in Edinburgh

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes lovely pictures… Once the lucky bastard hahaha 🙂

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    27th min… No score in any of the other 3 o’clock matches either…

    More possession for Toon, but the cross is easily controlled by Kos. Our possession game is not strong with the Ox holding up play but then having his cross blocked at the point…

    Perez is down but Taylor allows play to continue. Ox had scissored Ayoze down… Ox gets off with just a warning…cutting a frustrated figure our lad…

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Not one goal yet in six three o’clock kick offs

  21. Ab says:

    Hi TA. I wish, I’m in a very rainy Oxfordshire

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    30th: Ozil almost gets a long pass up to Giroud…

    Toon get their first corner as Bellerin blocks a cross…

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    Is that where you are based currently, or just a winter holiday break?

  24. 17highburyterrace says:

    Corner claimed by Cech…

    Ox crosses heavy to Theo now on the right… We look dangerous for a moment but eventually it’s back with Elliot… It seems they’ve switched flanks, Ox and Theo…

    33rd: Brilliant takeaway and ball control along the center line by Ozil… It moves to Ox, now on the left but he hits it out of play… Hmmmm….

  25. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds like theOx to me, lots of endeavour just the end product missing

  26. 17highburyterrace says:

    More trouble for the Ox who wants a foul but doesn’t get it…

    Wijnaldum looks the guy who can move the ball for Toon…floated cross is eventually cleared…

    Ozil does well to start a break and Colback sees yellow for fouling Giroud…

    Ox from 40 yards almost whiffs. Bad decision, worse execution…At this rate he should be yanked at the interval…

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    Finally the Ox does something good…

    Drives the ball past a couple of defenders and passes to Giroud for a high angle shot…blocked out for a corner, however…

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    Good player Wijnaldum. Lots of Dutch hope for him becoming big.

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    38th… Long ball finds Theo but his pass is between teammates…

    Really raining at the moment… Mitrovic had a chance but the moist pitch slowed him down and his shot was easily blocked then back to Cech…

    40th: Rambo may have hurt his groin…seems OK trotting around defending…

  30. 17highburyterrace says:

    The poor weather favors the defenders, but we are making very little going forward…

    Janmaat cuts in from the right and lofts one to Mitrovic for an on target but very tame bicycle kick straight to Cech… The half-time stats will favor Toon…

    And the scoreline almost does too! Cech very smartly out to block a high angled but close shot… Best chance of the half, I fear…

    This performance may elicit some boos at the break…

  31. 17highburyterrace says:

    We really aren’t holding the ball at all…

    Ramsey does some good work to take a ball but now is down holding his hamstring…

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Not sounding good and work to do for Arsene at half time

  33. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil free kick goes through everybody but it was a dangerous one. With the rain we probably need half time and Elliot is wasting plenty of seconds…

    Oh my, Toonies win a very late corner and—eventually—Anthony Taylor blows for the break…

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    The weather is VERY heavy but we’re backing off a lot whenever they get the ball. In this weather counters will not work over the full length of the pitch. Wenger should be able to see this and get our lines further up-field to try and start some things.

    Perhaps the weather is bad all over the country as the only goal is in the Sunderland-Villa match…

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yep, we’re gonna need some new ideas–if not some new personnel at half time. Personally, I need coffee… 😀

  36. Ab says:

    not quite how the new year was supposed to start. we need to avoid another west from here

  37. TotalArsenal says:

    The good news is we did not concede and I trust Wenger will get the second half tactics right.

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, espresso has been pulled… Hopefully the lads have a machine of their own in the dressing room…

    It’s a very slow pitch with water everywhere but our guys, esp. Flamini are backing off and letting Toon play the match in our half. If things dry up playing on the break makes plenty of sense. As it was, however, we just can’t get the ball–and the bodies–forward fast enough…

    Early on, however, Bellerin was unstoppable on the right–except when he gave it to his winger (the Ox) whose final balls, again, were lacking.

    As such, while we looked dangerous and created some pressure I’m sure the shots stat will be heavily in favor of the Magpies. They’ve all been harmless except for the one which Cech was decisive about…

    Gotta hope for better in the 2nd…First goal could be a decider given very little firepower on either bench…

  39. Pony Eye says:

    Am, afraid we haven’t shown the hunger of title contenders yet, less Walcott who appears the hungriest to me. Hope Wenger wakes them up for the second half.

  40. 17highburyterrace says:

    Our match getting going slower than the rest… Toonies on the pitch first and running around while we’re walking slowly on… Weather still looks very heavy but the breeze (which you can see from the rain) looks behind us now…

  41. 17highburyterrace says:

    Toon start well with a Sissoko cross which looks dangerous but finds nobody…

  42. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wow! What a save from Petr Cech… Wijnaldum was 1v1 with the keeper but he pounced for the save…

    Big wake up call and now Monreal almost crosses onto Giroud’s diving header….

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    Another big let off…

    Sissoko cross to Perez center but Mitrovic hit’s it over…

    End to end as Ozil gets a ball to Ramsey but he can only toe poke it to Elliot…

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    Must be tough to watch, 17HT.

  45. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’re really struggling in the middle of the pitch but the chances are being slowed by the water on the pitch. That said, Wijnaldum should have scored even if he had to wait a split second for Ayoze’s pass…

  46. 17highburyterrace says:

    Not really, TA, we’re going to start making chances…and, if we take them, we will win this one… We look plenty hungry to me, but that’s a quality that is usually determined by the scoreline, I fear…

    Mitrovic and Wijnaldum crash into Koscielny who had the position on a defensive header…

  47. 17highburyterrace says:

    Flams finds Ozil in space but he’s flagged for offsides…

    We’re missing the quickness of Le Coq and the passing of Santi, I fear.

    Ox’s first touch of the half is a poor one… We miss Alexis too…

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    Maybe we need to sacrifice Theo or Ollie for an additional midfielder. Bring on Chambers to shore up the midfield and move Rambo to the right. And take Ox off and put Campbell in.

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    Finally a little noise from the home crowd but a Toon break quiets it… Janmaat cross is easy for Cech…

    Everything is dying at the Ox who is now back on the right…

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    Better with some hold up work which keeps the ball near the center of the pitch… Toon are pressing so if we can break it we may get some chances…

    Kos well forward sets up Giroud for a high angled shot, blocked over but corner (somehow) not given…

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    I mean there is a lot of power in the Magpies’ midfield right now..

  52. 17highburyterrace says:

    Better here with Ozil taking over… Toonies tackle it back to Elliot but the fans and players want the backpass called… Not with Taylor in charge…

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    63rd minute and we’re trying to get the ref on our side but Kos is called for a foul on Mitrovic. Finally, Elliot is warned about timewasting…

    Heavy touch by Kos and then he fouls Sissoko in a dangerous spot…

  54. 17highburyterrace says:

    Finally we clear things…

    Ref really letting ’em play…

    Sissoko roaches Nacho and crosses but the Center Back Mbemba puts the open header over…

    Other end, Theo wins a corner… Kos loopy header onto the top of the net…

  55. 17highburyterrace says:

    67th…Big sliding tackle from Kos… We need some changes, I think… Chambers for the Ox, pushing Ramsey forward is what I would do… AW is readying Campbell, however…

    Finally a yellow for timewasting…given to Janmaat…

    Ox off, JC on…

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kos and Mitrovic going for a bouncer are both over the hoardings…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    70 minutes played and we’re fortunate to still be nil-nil…

    Ugh…Kos pushing forward gives it away badly…

  58. 17highburyterrace says:

    Iwobi getting ready…

    Trying to build from the back is a lot of work…

    Bells cross goes out for a corner…

  59. 17highburyterrace says:

    KOS!!!!!

  60. TotalArsenal says:

    Sounds like we will score soon, 17. I can feel it in my water! 🙂

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    Really, Koz scored?! 😎

  62. 17highburyterrace says:

    The corner was headed straight up by a defender the Giroud headed it forward to the man on the spot whose name is on my back!!!

  63. 17highburyterrace says:

    Iwobi back to the bench (I’m guessing) with Chambers likely to sub in…

    1-nil to the Arsenal sings the crowd…

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Violently happy Koz we love you!

  65. 17highburyterrace says:

    Janmaat (also Dutch, I assume) has been working our left side well all match…

    Ozil so cool gets a ball into Giroud, poked out for a corner..

  66. 17highburyterrace says:

    Floated corner headed up by the BFG but Nacho’s half volley is blocked at the point… Good strike, however…

    Tiote down again…

  67. TotalArsenal says:

    Yep Janmaat is another Dutch international fighting relegation in Newcastle

  68. Ab says:

    A win in a game like this draws the old cliche about title winning form…. We haven’t won yet of course. But grinding it out so far, without any signs of playing well

  69. TotalArsenal says:

    PE, give us your in-game views baby! 😝

  70. 17highburyterrace says:

    We look much better since the goal and another Nacho cross almost is put home by Giroud.

    Colback off, Thauvin on…

    We need to shut up shop or get a 2nd…

    Ramsey ball too heavy for Campbell, our for a GK…

    Gibbs coming on…

    Oooh…Ozil almost puts Theo in…

    Other end, Mitrovic gets his head to an angled cross but no power and onto the top of the net…

  71. TotalArsenal says:

    Nail biting stuff, and that’s just from reading the comments… 😂

  72. 17highburyterrace says:

    Flams gets a yellow with a karate kick near Ayoze’s head…

    83rd minute…Ball is with Cech after both Kos and Mitrovic miss an Elliot goal kick…

    Ramsey almost crosses one in but it’s cleared…

    Nacho fouls divey Thauvin in their corner…

  73. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed AB, but nobody plays well after so many gruelling games in quick succession!

  74. 17highburyterrace says:

    85th min…Ozil defending but we cannot clear… Janmaat crosses are their whole game… He wins a corner then gets it back when taken short and puts it on a Toonie head…Again no power and over…

    Other end… A Bellerin cross forces Elliot into a parry but they get it away…

    Campbell’s been strong in MF… Giroud crossing from a wide spot goes across into touch…

    Tiote off, De Jong in…

  75. Ab says:

    Our key players are either injured or knackered. Team and squad critical

  76. 17highburyterrace says:

    De Jong immediately fouls Ramsey…

    Oooh… Campbell and Rambo almost work a goal… The latter’s high angled shot is well saved by Elliot. On the break, Kos tackles a ball into touch…

  77. Ab says:

    Campbell given us quite a lift by the sounds

  78. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sorry, some posting trouble… Kos has defended manfully at our end and Ozil has almost gotten us a 2nd by various means…

    2 mins of the 4 extra have been played…

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    Gibbs does some nice defending on the left…

    Ref bungles a handball decision in our favor… 😀

    93 played ball with Elliot…but he’s kicking into the wind…

  80. 17highburyterrace says:

    Whoa… Toonies playing hard to the end… Thauvin gets a ball to De Jong but his bicycle kick is week and Cech claims it…

    Full time…

  81. TotalArsenal says:

    Yes! Three big points given the circumstances!

  82. Ab says:

    good professional result. well done the boys

  83. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ooooohhh… The telly switched to ManU-Swansea and Fabianski up from goal heads just wide…would have grabbed a late point a foot to the left….

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    Well, I was never worried… 😀

    Leicester draw vs Bournemouth, but LvG gets a lifeline…

    City now play at Watford….

  85. TotalArsenal says:

    Leicester goal machines are running dry. Second 0-0 draw, and we are now two points above them. Let’s hope Watford can do us a favour later on.

  86. TotalArsenal says:

    So important to play at home around this time of year. Only Leicester drew at home; the rest won…

  87. jw1 says:

    In addition to AFC TCoB–
    I’ll also point out that since their 3-2 win over Everton 4 matches back– Leicester hasn’t scored since. The bloom is off.

    Does this make Mahrez any more ‘available’ in January’s window?
    (Who, BTW, blew a PK.)

    jw1

    (17HT– Freelance graphic and webdesign, actually. )

  88. 17highburyterrace says:

    THAT was a tough one…

    We need midfielders and we need Alexis back ASAP… If this Elnenny is worth half what we paid for Cech, (which is what we’re paying) he should help… Cech was immense today…

    The hunger of Giroud to get the header to Kos on the goal was really, really good…A world class striker might’ve protected his noggin instead… 😀 Kinda like Ozil did with his foot on the ball that Toonies won that led to the Wijnaldum chance… More smileys… We won and Messy didn’t hurt himself…

    Leicester (Mahrez) missed a pen and couldn’t win a man up for more than half an hour…

    Wanyama gets two yellows as So’ton lose to Norwich… Just the physicality we need?…

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK JW… How about some web design for the Kampers… Send your ideas to TA… 😀

    Geoff Cameron, the American, sent off for Stoke at WBA and they lose 2-1… Banned for our match, I’m guessing…

  90. 17highburyterrace says:

    So, TA (or others)…Even if you have Sky you cannot see the 3 o’clock Saturday matches?… Are they on at the pub, at least?… And, if so, have you found a favorite yet? I liked the one at the golf course… 😀

  91. TotalArsenal says:

    17, I edited the place name out as I want to keep this private. Some pubs have the game but not where I live.

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sorry about that…And the fact that you can’t see the matches… For such a sophisticated island it all seems a bit backwards…

    You should talk to the golf club, they need patrons up there…

  93. TotalArsenal says:

    No worries. It is to protect attendance at the Sat games, but yes needs changing!

  94. 17highburyterrace says:

    They used to do the same in our throwball, er, football, matches…but that was 40 years ago…

    Watford-City kicking off on a network station here…i.e., you could tune into it with a coat-hanger…

    😀

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ben Watson winning the battle of the gingers over De Bruyne… 1-nil Watford… (It will go as a Kolarov OG, I guess…)

    TA, will you be doing a match report?

  96. 17highburyterrace says:

    Yaya levels it with 10 mins to go…Bit like the match at our place…

  97. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sagna crosses to El Kun… 2-1 City so it seems the gap will not widen… Ah well…

    I miss that guy…

  98. TotalArsenal says:

    Was able to watch the Watford game as that’s on Sky. Shame they didn’t hold out but two very good goals.

    I will try and write something once I have seen the highlights.

  99. njk84sg says:

    Guys,

    Watched the game last night and am sad to say Kos ventured out too much and left a hole for Newcastle to exploit. This seriously has to stop.

    Good goalkeeping by Cech and Mitrovic should have buried his chances.

    Ozil is the only bright spark in the pack, as we are scared of running forward. Not sure why, maybe the heavy rain made us a little wary there.

    So my MoTM are Cech and Ozil. 3 points and clean sheet in a very open match is what you can point to Lady Luck.

    Cheers,
    JK

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