Newcastle Wisely Follow Arsenal Blueprint

It was a pleasure to watch the Blackburn Arsenal game last night, which the young second string Arsenal side eventually won 3-2 after going 2-0 up after the first 29 minutes with goals by Diaby and Eduardo. But they had to go into extra time to do it, after Blackburn Rovers made another wonderful come back, and Arsenal had a man sent off just before the end of 90 minutes.


Arsene Wenger – Arsenal manager proud of his youngsters last night

The Arsenal side was much the same side that dispatched Newcastle 2-0 at the Emirates, earlier in the Carling Cup.

What a fantastic set of youngsters Wenger has got together and it’s just amazing how well these lads can play together in big games like this. But play well they did last night, and they almost played Blackburn off the park in the first half.

But it was to Blackburn’s credit that they came storming back and were on equal terms after an hour, following another two good goals from Roque Santa Cruz, to make his haul an impressive 5 goals in the last 2 games. Blackburn also had come back against Wigan from 3-0 down – to 3-3 – last weekend, but they have to ask why they are getting behind so often in their last few matches.

Denilson had himself sent off after 90 minutes for a rather vicious tackle, and it didn’t look like there much protest from manager Wenger. The full Arsenal side never let a man getting sent off, get in the way of winning games. And it seems like Wenger has also instilled this already into his youngsters.

In extra time, with one man short, Eduardo scored his second excellent goal, showing tremendous control and skill, that made it look all too easy. So easy in fact that it had us looking for our old boots. 😀 Both teams have to be proud of their performances last night, in what was one of the best games to watch this season.

But it started us thinking – or should we say dreaming, of what Newcastle’s second string may look like in 2-3 years time – as we follow the Arsenal strategy for success by bringing in gifted youngsters while they are still young, and have yet to fully develop as football players. We’ve started that process already with the signing of 17 year-old Ben Tozer.

If we can come anywhere near where Arsenal are right now, Newcastle United will have done very well indeed, and our first team will have to be successful, if only by default. This Arsenal second string, if they played as a team in the Premier League, would also finish top 4, they’re that good.

Now what’s that nonsense about Arsenal not having strength in depth. If this is not strength in depth, we don’t know what is.

Comments welcome.


Blackburn: Friedel, Reid, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock (Khizanishvili 120), Bentley, Savage, Dunn (Mokoena 105), Pedersen, Santa Cruz, Derbyshire (McCarthy 90).
Subs Not Used: Brown, Roberts.
Booked: Warnock, Samba, Reid, Savage.

Goals: Santa Cruz 42, 60.

Arsenal: Fabianski, Justin Hoyte, Senderos, Song Billong, Traore, Randall (Barazite 80), Diaby, Denilson, Diarra, Eduardo (Gibbs 115), Bendtner, Barazite (Perez 100).
Subs Not Used: Mannone, Gavin Hoyte.

Sent Off: Denilson (90).

Booked: Randall, Denilson, Diarra, Eduardo.

Goals: Diaby 6, Eduardo 29, 104.

Att: 16,207

Ref: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

24 comments so far

  • Pete

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #1

    They are indeed very good – but are also over rated.

    They need to show consistancy, playing week in week out.

    Also, the Newcastle team will take a lot longer to get to that level than 2-3 years.

    Looks like Mort has a solid plan though, nice to see us actully having a plan for once

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Thought I’d come to the wrong blog …. lol

    I know where you’re coming from Ed, they are a fine team to watch but I’d prefer NUFC to have some British talent and play that well 🙂

    Well there’s no harm in dreaming.

  • Keep Oba

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Right now I just want to see the blueprint to pound Derby on Sunday

  • adam

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #4

    its the best thing we’ve done for a while, adopting the arsenal method. hopefully one day we can send a youth team to arsenal!

    i think we should try sign santa cruz.
    what a player

  • Budd

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Arsenal’s youngsters would be very lucky to finish top 4 over 38 matches. Youth = inconsistency. A one-off every 3 weeks is easy to get up for. That said (@Pete), they are hardly overrated – most everyone speaks of their “potential” anyway, which really cannot be in doubt. Over-hyped, perhaps. Yet how do you overrate players that have over the last two cup runs beaten Liverpool, Bolton, Everton, Tottenham, Newcastle and Blackburn and only lost to Chelsea? (Moreover, Julio Baptista is starting for Real Madrid these days. Eduardo probably has a better international goals per game average than Owen did in his pomp. Denilson is Brazil’s under-19 captain.) I’d suggest they are consistently underrated. That’s partly why Blackburn nearly got rolled over in the first half – they didn’t take the match seriously enough. By harping on their young age, the media do Arsenal the favour of putting the senior opposition in a difficult position of having to beat the Arse without looking like they are trying, to preserve their dignity as men, which cocks up their performance.

  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Sure it would be great to build a team for the future with the best available young talent,
    unfortunatly our present manager has a history of the opposite, picking up aging ex stars and
    attempting to get a coupla good years out of them,think its more of a Mort plan than big
    Sam`s. Does anyone really believe this manager
    can replicate the job Wenger has done with Arsenal

  • Len

    Dec 19, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I rate Mort very highly, much higher than Allardyce. We have a strategy. All we need now is someone to show them how to play.

  • wsq

    Dec 19, 2007 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #8

    With the pressure of getting results high at newcastle, i don’t see a second string made of youngsters playing in the carling cup anytime soon, that can only be done by a successful club like arsenal, not pressured by its fans to get instantaneous succes because they have been successful. Not even liverpool has the luxury of doing this with so much pressure on the manager. But Sir Alex has tried it this year and failed and ultimately had to say we have to let go of some of the youngsters.

    I’m sure the reason why arsenal youngsters are succesful in the carling cup is mostly down due to it’s opponent’s mentality changing when going up against them and playing in the carlign cup. Incentives for them to do well in that cup are different and somehow in a target centric nature of football nowadays i.e. getting into europe or in our case staying up in the top 10, is put forward as a priority in their minds and they would do better without these extra games in mind. Premier league is their bread and butter, for these teams that think they have no realistic chance of winning the cup might as well falter. How many times have we seen teams that do well in cup matches that get into relegation battle in the league, is a case as an example.

    But for these arsenal youngsters it’s their bread and butter, it’s their stage to prove something to their not so much older senior first teamers. It gives them something to brag about if they manager to beat blackburn but their senior team not being able to. This puts pressure on the first teamers to do well as well. The nice thing to see is thatm these youngsters are not playing “win at all costs” football unlike their opponents.

    After looking at Blackburn in the dying minutes- now I understand what Big Sam has been saying about how teams desperate to win do punt and hoof the ball into the box i.e. percentage football more often. I didn’t see young Arsenal do that.

    If you ask yourselves this question, if we for instance take out an individual in that arsenal team and put it elsewhere, he would be out of place and wouldn’t be able to impress because the way other teams play aren’t conducive. Before anyone can hope to emulate arsene wenger, they need to rid themselves of win at all cost football!

    If you tell your grass roots to play the type of percentage football we play, I can bet on English football’s demise with no talent coming through! Ever!

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 19, 2007 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #9

    lol, Keep Oba – I couldn’t agree more.

  • Desert_Gooner

    Dec 19, 2007 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Pete, Arsenal are inconsisstent?! Are you kidding me?! If their reserve teams can do this to the likes of Newcastle and Blackburn away, and lose only 2 games in all 4 competitions, then what is your deffinition of consistency?!

  • Dragoner

    Dec 19, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #11


  • Indian toon

    Dec 19, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12


  • Dragoner

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Budd that was a great comment, your take on the media putting pressure on arsenal kids oppostion is a good point, and something i had previously overlooked

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Great news, imagine the toon playing football like arsenal in a few years…whatever, wont happen, tozer hopefully will be a bruiser in the defence, an adams-esque man except from the alcohol.

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Budd – I disagree, I wont go into it, but your opinion is vastly different to those here in the U.K.

  • jb

    Dec 19, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    wots this

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Hey ed, freedom of speech, so dont try and change my name, its my right, this isnt actually your site at the end of the day mate, remember when you got locked out HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    lil huffy puffy american punk

  • Leo

    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    arsene is good but he is not going to be my hero etc….. we can follow his example by getting young players, but i would personally like strong athletic players rather than arsenals wimpy soppy fouling cnuts

  • steve

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Play like Arsenal – doubt it’s gonna happen in my lifetime.
    Not sure the Arsenal kids could hit the top four on thier own but if you added a couple of experienced players then they would have a good chance, once teams worked out individuals strengths and weaknesses then they would play against these.

    @Bill f : I think you’ll find this is now Ed’s site and he can do wtf he likes with it.

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    locked out stevie wonder

  • Dragoner

    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    a lot of arsenal haters on here, “wimpy soppy fouling cnuts” that sounds like jealousy to me mate. Lets be good sports shall we, they play the best passing football in europe now seeing as Barcelona are still playing at a slow pace, and still cannot handle the physical aspect of the game.

    Bill F dont speak on behalf of the U.K because i don’t think many people agree with you.
    Im from the U.K and i definitely don’t agree with you

  • Keep Oba

    Dec 19, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #23

    I am not an Arsenal hater…only one of the supposed big 4 that I can stand…well at times (and as long as I am not around too many of their supporters).

    They are fun to watch (the second half versus Chelski got them no goals, but lots of close ones and pretty offside goals.)

    And I share their eternal hatred for Tottenham.

    And whatever your feelings for Arsenal’s No.2 side whether it would be in the top 4 is absurd. They have a reserve team that would finish decent in the Premier League. That is an accomplishment itself. We (Newcastle) are trying to get one side in the top half of the table, and yet we were blown off the field with their reserves (as were a solid Blackburn) So what they couldnt handle it for 38 games…they are not asked to play 38 games.

  • Bill f

    Dec 19, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry lads but Its the bogus Bill F again.


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