If you were in Alan Pardew’s shoes tonight, who would you pick in your starting XI’s to take on Arsenal at the Emirates? Does Ameobi start up front after last week’s last-gasp equaliser? Does Hatem Ben Arfa start? Does Danny Guthrie get recalled into midfield? Leave a comment below and have your say!

Here’s what I’ve come up with:


Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon

Ben Arfa – Guthrie – Tiote – Cabaye – Gutierrez


I’d slightly change the formation to deal with Arsenal’s midfield, with three centre midfielders to form a 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation. Without the ball, the three in midfield can sit and let the wingers go forward and create chances, whilst without it, they can be helped out by Ben Arfa and Gutierrez.

For a more physical approach, Ameobi could come on and partner Ba in a front two, or Cisse could come on to cause problems with his pace.

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

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  1. michael perry

    I think with how well ben arfa has been playing in the short amount of minutes he's been allowed to have is amazing his abillity to change a game and give a different sort of edge to the team is paramount when facing teams such as arsenal but the whole team as a unit has been second to none personally I would play ben arfa just behind cisse and ba tiote and cabye holding the midfield while allowing gutierrez and taylor to go wide giving crosses into the box and we would allso have the option going through the middle because we are strong there allso at the back would be santon simpson colloccini regards mike come!!!!! on!!!! the!!! toon!!!!

  2. London fan

    Does mike suggest that we play 12 men
    How ever taylor shouldnt play mid field
    I would love to see this selection
    Simpson left williams santon
    On the left hba cabaye tiote obertan
    Cisse and ba
    Or 4 3 3
    With jonas tiote and cabaye
    Then hba and cisse
    Then ba

    • michael perry

      ha ha no it is 11 men mate if you look properly 3 defenders at the back 4 in midfield and 3 up front but its more a dimond formation with ben arfa just behind cisse and ba cabaye and tiote doing the defensive midfielder roles while gutierrez and ryan taylor play wide and colloccinc centre back santon leftback simpson right back and of course the man himself krul in net I dont know about your maths london man probably as bad as my spelling lol but I count that as eleven so I dont know where you got twelve from?

  3. michael perry

    I think you will find it is eleven not twelve 3 defenders at the back santon left back colloccini centre back simpson right back tiote and cabaye both in the defensive midfield roles keeping it tight in the midle of the park while gutierrez and ryan taylor play on opposite wings and ben arfa sitting just behind cisse and ba upfront and krul in net I dont know about you london fan but I count that as 11 not 12 maybe your maths is as bad as my spelling ey lol

  4. dave




    Cabaye——————-Ben Arfa—Gutierrez




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