Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury
Date:Friday March 13 2009
Newcastle United are gearing up for an explosive showdown against Arsenal, when The Gunners visit St. James' Park on March 21st.
Returning stars Danny Guthrie, Habib Beye, and the suspended Kevin Nolan brings back depth and talent among the United ranks.
Considering no players (excluding Mark Viduka, and Joey Barton) are injured in this weekend's all-important clash with Hull City, Newcastle United can unleash their strongest line-up onto Arsene Wenger's men - for the first-time in the entire season.
Coach Chris Hughton will face a selection dilemma with almost all of the club's first-team strikers returning from injury. Peter Lovenkrands' impressive displays have also kept him in the team, while Alan Smith (used sparingly in midfield), Shola Ameobi, and Andy Carroll are all fit and raring to go. United's most-favoured frontmen are also up for selection, as Obafemi Martins, and Michael Owen prepare for a match many have touted as a potential fortune-changer for the rest of the season.
In central midfield, aside from Joey Barton, midfielders Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Kevin Nolan, and Geremi are preparing for the encounter, with Alan Smith also in the frame for a midfield place.
Jonas Gutierrez, and Jose Enrique have been practicing in training non-stop over the last few weeks, and their coordination, and combination could be a real pain for Arsenal right-back Bakary Sagna.
Damien Duff, Peter Lovenkrands, and Ryan Taylor may have to fight it out for a place on the right-flank, as Habib Beye is set to reclaim his right-full place in the right fullback berth.
Sebastien Bassong, and Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of defence - with the former desperate to put in a good performance to impress Arsene Wenger.
If a win at Hull City is on the cards, the Magpies will go into the match with confidence high, and ambition soaring - and by some off chance, if a loss is all that comes out of this weekend's fixture, expect the Magpies to be even fiercer in their quest to down the Gunners, in a bid to remain in the Premiership.
Date:Friday March 13 2009
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