Newcastle and Arsenal don’t have many things in common however one common theme runs through their opening day fixture at St James Park this Saturday evening.
Both sides have endured a troublesome pre season with Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger having their fair share of headaches that they could have done without. Each manager will be hoping that Saturday will put all the pre season woes behind them and get their season off to the right start.
The will he wont he saga surrounding Cesc Fabregas future at Arsenal looks like coming to an end which can only be good for all the parties involved. He looks set to leave and Arsenal can plan without him.
Along with Fabregas, Samir Nasri looks set to leave the club. Loosing both players will be a huge loss in the initial stages. However no player is irreplaceable and Saturday offers some of the lesser lights in the gunners squad to step up.
Newcastle meanwhile face the new season minus the influential Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique. They have also had to deal with Joey Barton and his ramblings on Twitter. All the off the field nonsense cannot be good for anyone involved in the club and Pardew will be hoping that once the whistle blows on Saturday night all will be forgotten.
On paper this should be a win for Arsenal. However as history has shown there has been many a surprise on the opening weekend of the season. With a fired up crowd behind them and with more than a few players in the squad with a point to prove Newcastle could very well heap early season pressure on Arsene Wenger.
Should Arsenal win it will give their fans some hope that there is live after Fabregas and Nasri. Newcastle will want to win the game but Arsenal have the greater need to get their season off to a winning start and that could provide them with the edge to win the game.