Wenger Supports Newcastle’s Allardyce


Arsene Wenger talked to Arsenal TV Online today, and while he admitted he didn’t know exactly what was going on inside the Newcastle United club, the pressure on Sam Allardyce seemed somewhat unfair, at least from the outside.
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Arsene Wenger – thinks Sam Allardyce needs more time at Newcastle

Speaking today about the pressure on the beleaguered Sam Allardyce at Newcastle Arsene Wenger said in an interview with Arsenal TV Online:

“It is a bit harsh, but firstly I don’t know if it is true and secondly I don’t know what is really going on inside the club.” “But if the speculations you talk about are true then as he has just been appointed it is surprising.”

“You can’t talk about them because you don’t know exactly the atmosphere inside the club.”

“For me Newcastle has big support every time you go up there and you feel there is a great potential within the club – of course, in order to turn things round you need time.”

It was only last season that Wenger was himself under some pressure because his youngsters lost too many games. It looked like they had a bunch of very good players but without the experience necessary to win games. But Wenger has stuck to his beliefs, and his Arsenal today are a wonderful side to watch. They have to be favorites to take the title from Manchester United this year, although it will be a good tussle between the top four clubs this year.

Where Wenger finds all his players is a bit of a mystery – but maybe Sam can get some hints on some of his up-and-coming players, over a good strong glass of wine, after the game tomorrow. Just a thought.    😀

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19 comments so far

  • wwe

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #1

    am a newcastle fan and i live in glasgow what do u think about that

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #2

    thing with arsenal , and i may get shot down for this …. some of there players wouldnt get into other teams , and you could take any player out of that squad and replace him with someone of half decent ability and arseanl would still look great .
    its the way wenger has got them all playing , its not about individual ability , just people competant enough todo whats asked of them .
    put some of those players in another team and they wouldnt shine half as bright as some of them are now .
    allerdyce knows this , and all credit to him has a history of stopping that playstyle , but can he do it with the bunch of players we have now ?
    if he cant , whats he going todo with the squad ? replace them all with players who are great at the things he wants from them?
    if he does end up doing good , then moving on down the line , the next manager will end up having to play like allerdyce (like megson at boltons having todo) or replace most of the squad again .

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  • mexi

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Obviously a deranged Newcastel fan talking about how Arsenal players cant get into other teams. Reminder, only maybe Martin’s can be on Arsenals bench. If they are ordinary players, how the hell are they sitting on top of the league? All you have to do is relax and get the drubbing thats coming your way on wadnesday.

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  • adam

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #4

    respect for wenger. he is an outstanding manger that has always been succesful. he says the right things and full credit to him.

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  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Competent enough?? Have you not been watching Arsenal. The reason you can take one or two players out and they still look great is because the others are all great footballers. They are a team brimming full of talented players – yes if they were to move on they may not be as effective – but that’s because they would be unlikely to go to another team with as much talent.

    To say they are competent is the understatement of the year – they are probably at this moment in time the best team in Europe bar NONE. Lets just hope we get into them tomorrow and all of the muppets who boo have bad throats. Tomorrow is a night to cheer and clap – and if you’re sat next to someone who boos make sure you give them HELL!!

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  • Paul

    Dec 4, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Wenger wouldnt tell Sam, he hates him. Wenger doesnt like Sams style.

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  • Dirk

    Dec 4, 2007 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i partly agree wiv hadrian, sum of the players are mediocre andthe way they play makes up for the little skill that sum of there players have, altho they do have sum amazing players, fabregas van persie adebayor eboue toure clichy and plenty of others.
    Respect to wenger brilliant manager i remember when he came in for the first time as manager of arsenal, he didnt have much support but look how he turned it around, im sure sam can do the same provided the rite players are brought in and out and hes given the best support we can give.

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  • Paul

    Dec 4, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #8

    1st blokes an idiot, nobbys dad, they boo cos theyre bored.

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  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 4, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Paul – I yawn when I’m bored – booing achieves nothing and gives the anti-Toon southern press more excuses to write negative stuff about us.

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  • Bill f

    Dec 4, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I would definately agree with Hadrian, you just have to look at their “reserve team” to get his point.

    Liverpool under Shankly were much the same, new players whoever they were didn’t get into his teams till they knew how to play it the Liverpool way. Yes they had star players but they become so because of the constant success.

    You could say the same about Cloughie, few of his players were stars but he played to a system that suited them.

    Who knows perhaps Sam can do likewise, it will be nice to look back in a couple of years and the critics (including myself) can say we wos wrong.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 4, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Can we please give the “anti-toon southern press” thing a rest please? How old are we supposed to be – old enough to read and write at least!

    For a start most of the journalists aren’t even from the sarf, and even if they were then surely they would support one southern team, whoever they might be, and therefore hate all other southern teams a lot more than they would hate the toon.

    For fooks sake man, just watch that program on Sky with Jimmy stroke me chin Hill if you don’t believe me. The journalists on there don’t sit around and slag off newcastle in between their pints of prawns and jellied eels do they? They talk about how good Man U and Chelsea are, and who’s goona manage eng-ger-land. And if they ever do get round to talking about us and happen to mention how crap we are, then there’s probably a strong chance that they’re actually talking sense.

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  • Leo

    Dec 4, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #12

    mind games…

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  • steve c

    Dec 4, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Wenger is by far the best manager in the premiership. His contacts around the world are second to none all his teams from the youth to the first team are taught to play the same way.
    Their style of play is drilled into them from an early age, thats why young players look comfortable when slotted into the team.
    The only way we have a chance of beating them on Wednesday is if we physically bully them and dont give them a chance to play their normal game. And above all the twelth man (the Toon Army) must get behind the players for the whole 90 mins. Come on you Geordies lets put the last few weeks behind us and roar the team on.

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  • Tripp

    Dec 4, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    That worked for Rovers. Of course, the ref seemed to let a lotta stuff go in that game. Villians looked really good against Gooners this weekend. They dominated the second half and were unlucky not to get at least a draw out of the match. They simply took Arsenal’s game to them and looked really good doing it.

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  • dragoner

    Dec 4, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Aston Villa did not deserve a draw, yes they were better in the second half, but apart from the half chance header which was almost converted by carew what else did they create? when did almunia make a good save??? aston villa got nothing and they deserved nothing, they cant defend, their defending in the first half was an embarressment, it should have been 1 – 4 at half time

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  • ToonKing

    Dec 5, 2007 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #16

    dragoner your a little off mate. Villa defended well but the Arse’s were brilliant in the first half, no one could have stopped them, but they were overrun in the second half and if i say Villa deserved a draw thats an understatement.

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  • dragoner

    Dec 5, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #17

    you can say they overrun this and they overrun that…but what did they create!?! nothing apart from the carew header, therefore they got what they deserved. nothing. simple

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  • dragoner

    Dec 5, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #18

    football is not about possession and effort i hate to say it, its about creating and taking chances. the sooner we newcastle fans realise that the better. we need to stop going on about ‘attractive football’ andthe keegan days, get over it

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  • Nobby's dad

    Dec 5, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon chicken – I’m talking about the bias reporting we get in the daily nationals (who are as far as I’m concerned Southern based).

    Louise Taylor – Guardian – a well known Mackam who reports on our games and loves it when things go wrong – her glee comes out in every report on a Toon defeat.

    According to nufc.com the Sun reported widely on the Barton points and the supposed dressing-room unrest and yet none of their reporters were at the press conferences.

    Look at the back page headlines regarding the Mido chants – OTT or what? Do you recall the sickening abuse Roeder received on his return to West Ham and the chants regarding his tumour. Hardly reported in the nationals – why, because West Ham are one of the ‘darling’ teams and the Southern press STILL bang on about the Bobby Moore era etc. (Family club, jolly East End scallies ).

    We get daily tails about Ashley wanting to sell up DESPITE the man’s insistance that this is not the case. We’ve had stories all week in the nationals that Sam is out if we loose tonight, so Ashley has to come out and state this is nonsense. According to most of the nationals 90% of the crowd had left by the end of the Liverpool defeat – utter lies.

    As far as I’m concerned there is not another premier team that gets constant lies printed about there activities like we do.

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