If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tomorrow afternoon, who would you pick in your team to play Arsenal at St James’ Park? Does Danny Simpson start before he leaves in the summer? Who fills the midfield? Which partnership plays at the back? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Simpson S.Taylor Coloccini Yanga-Mbiwa

Tiote Cabaye

Ben Arfa Marveaux Gouffran


I’d go with Danny Simpson at right-back to give a more solid defensive line. Debuchy attacks too much and would leave the likes of Theo Walcott too much space in behind.

Yanga-Mbiwa to continue at left-back where he has looked comfortable in recent weeks, with Williamson dropping out of the team to accomodate the returning Taylor.

Marveaux to start in support of Cisse, with Tiote and Cabaye protecting the back four. Same wingers as last week against QPR.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and have your say!

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  1. Nick

    Perhaps would leave out Ben Arfa to allow give his Hamstring more time to heal properly and to not keep playing on it. Apparently he has been playing through the pain which is odd for a hamstring injury as it is either pulled or not, playing through an un-recovered hamstring injury will just lead to it pulled again.

    Would leave Marveaux out as he is just returning from injury, as we have nothing to play for might as well try and keep him as fit as possible for next season

    Not the biggest Williamson fan but he played well at QPR so would maybe leave him in there, but of course against Arsenals pace would be a huge risk

    Agree with Simpson would be good to give such a solid player a game before he left. I feel we are going to miss the fight of players like Danny who brought us back up the Premiership.

  2. Parsnip

    What not Ameobi or Jonas you have to be kidding me I would put Ameobi in the middle and Cisse on the wing and play 5 3 1 1 Ben Arfa Marveaux Gouffran would all have to play deep and Cabaye would be rested


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