Date: 29th December 2012 at 5:32pm
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Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Vital Arsenal members. I trust you`ve had a fantastic time this festive season? Though an absence of football for us this Boxing Day leaves me feeling I`ve not been around here for yonks.

Probably because I haven`t, I`ve been drinking ?. A lot ?. And undoing all my good work achieved through arduous hours of exercise by cramming my not so fat face full of assorted roasted meats, vegetables and many many desserts.

As the festive period draws to a close we get back to the real meat in our sandwiches, football, and even though we begin this evening in one of those dreaded tea-time kick offs (seriously, I only remember us doing well in about two of these games over the years) it is football nonetheless.

We host Newcastle tonight who aren`t in decent form (seems giving a manager who has had a couple of good months an 8 year contract wasn`t the best idea) and we`re currently sporting one of the least injured squads I can remember. Coupled with the rest we`ve had having had our match with West Ham canned, we should also be suitably rested.

Let`s see how the boys line up.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.

Arsenal subs: Mannone, Djourou, Ramsey, Coquelin, Rosicky, Gervinho, Giroud