Arsene Wenger, the great Arsenal manager was happy at the end of the day to return to London with a point. His team were on the back foot for long periods of last nightâ€™s game, but they still showed a fortitude, that champions are made of, withstanding huge pressure at times and not cracking.
Arsene Wenger – Arsenal manager happy with a point
Arsene Wenger said after the game:
â€œThe pressure from the stands was so big, you cannot blame the referee for anything. I thought there was a crisis here and I anticipated a different game, but it looks as though they have made their union here tonight to fight and try and win the game.â€
â€œAll their sides were on board together. They fought like mad for 90 minutes and made it difficult for us. They fought for every ball and made it difficult for us technically. When we did get the ball, we did not find the right solutions.â€
Thereâ€™s no doubt that Sam Allardyce has been under pressure at Newcastle United and while he has tried to downplay it, especially this week, he has nevertheless been surprised at the vociferousness of the fans. But any manager that can get his charges fighting like that for the full 90 minutes deserves huge credit, especially in a time of real crisis. Cometh the hour cometh the man.
Sam said after the game:
â€œWhat did it mean to hear 52,000 people cheering like that? Thatâ€™s what I came here for. Thatâ€™s what we want to have every week here. The players are helping me build a relationship with the fans that, over a period of time, will mean we enjoy playing at St Jamesâ€™.â€
â€œBut it was other people who said we were in a crisis, not me. I never used that word. However, under the circumstances, I think this result was probably a weight lifted off all our shoulders.â€
â€œI just hope we can get the same level of performance and commitment against Birmingham City on Saturday. They will come here and try and take advantage of any fatigue we have from the huge effort tonight.â€
â€œThey will come here with a different system, looking to contain the game, unlike Arsenal who came here to win and we will have to deal with that.â€
Thereâ€™s no doubt with last nightâ€™s performance that Sam will have won over many Newcastle fans. It shows some of Samâ€™s motivational qualities that he was able to get that response from his players and it was throughout the game. We had to take a rest after the game it was so exciting to watch the lads play like that, with guts and courage. 😀
Thatâ€™s the way Newcastle United should play every game, and thereâ€™ll be little problem with Sam in charge if they do that. But Birmingham on Saturday now becomes a huge game again for the lads.
Anything but all 3 points against Birmingham will now be a disappointment, but the lads can rely again on the magnificent fansâ€™ support they got last night, which everybody around the world saw only too well on TV.
It was a great night for Newcastle United Football Club, thatâ€™s for sure.