Arsene Wenger – Where Was the Crisis?


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 night’s game, but they still showed a fortitude, that champions are made of, withstanding huge pressure at times and not cracking.

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Arsene Wenger – Arsenal manager happy with a point


Arsene Wenger said after the game:

“The 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.”

“All 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.”

There’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:

“What did it mean to hear 52,000 people cheering like that? That’s what I came here for. That’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 James’.”

“But 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.”

“I 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.”

“They 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.”

There’s no doubt with last night’s performance that Sam will have won over many Newcastle fans. It shows some of Sam’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. 😀

That’s the way Newcastle United should play every game, and there’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 fans’ 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, that’s for sure.

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13 comments so far

  • Leo

    Dec 6, 2007 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    for those that didnt believe… it was great to hear the crowd singing away, even songs such as #big sams black and white army# feel good this morning

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  • Steeley

    Dec 6, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, I agree that Sam earned himselfa reprieve yesterday with motivation and team seceltion skills. The lads worked their socks off last night and I dont think I can find a fault (perhaps Geremi was a bit weak, and Oba has lost some of his magic when running at players).

    What I would like to know, is that now that you have blown Sam’s trumpet to the hilt, what will be your take on things if we go and play absolute tosh against Birmingham??

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  • Steeley

    Dec 6, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Which I hope to God doesnt happen by the way!! I would love to be the first person proven wrong about Sam, as I’m not sure he’s the right man….who knows though! A top 6/7/8 place by Xmas would certainly help to change my thoughts a little.

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  • Charliegeordie

    Dec 6, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    I was on the edge of my seat all morning (6am kick off in Australia) and it was one of the best Newcastle games I have ever seen. It was a totally different performance to the one against liverpool. I think not playing the top 4 early on was a disadvantage as we never lifted our game. Now that we have had a bit of a shock and some bad results we are showing some resiliancy and hopefully the players now realise the level they need to play at every game. That would make us a team to be feared.

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  • Tom

    Dec 6, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Great performance, i think we were unlucky not to win it, and i lost the plot in a pub full of Arsenal fans when we scored. Heads a bit sore this morning but i dont care. Bloody Marvellous!

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 6, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    GO TOON!!!

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  • Jerry

    Dec 6, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Just a draw at home and you lot are this ecstatic?

    This show the level to which NUFC has descended!!!

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  • Willowtoon

    Dec 6, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    A draw against the league leaders after 5 games with only a lucky point at Scum.

    The performance after Liverpool is getting better each game and the next 4 games will be acid tests. This is a club in transition but the amount of coverage it gets from the media world (mainly Negative) shows thye all think its a big club as so many want to read about it.

    You are a point in case Jerry as your not a toon fan but reading the story and taking time to give your opinions

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  • Midjew

    Dec 6, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    SHUT UP JERRY!

    Man Utd Drew against Arsenal and even they were HAPPY cos that is a DIFFICULT thing to do!!

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  • Jerry

    Dec 6, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Am not sure Sir Alex would be happy if Man U drew at OLD TRAFFORD with an Arsenal side missing at least 5 first team players, who would have played yesterday.

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  • Bosck

    Dec 6, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    jerry – i’m pretty sure he’d take that result to be fair. of course he’d prefer the win but arsenal are top of the premiership and unbeaten so taking any points off them is a good result.

    just out of interest who do you support jerry?

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  • Jerry

    Dec 6, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    What a question. NUFC ofcourse!!!

    But unlike some here, including yourself Bosck, am not happy with my team having only mid table ambitions and playing absolutely crap football and employing “not good enough” managers!!!

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  • Srky

    Dec 6, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    That is what i was trying to tell. He knows how to push up! He’s good manager and players needs time to understand what does he want from them and that is commitment in every game. We could see it at Bolton. Average squad which fought as mad. Now he have nicely squad, and with commitment like this we can go far. All the best for the fans which stand together!!!! Bravo Boys!

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