Rozehnal Looking for Arsenal Win Saturday

David Rozehnal had a decent game in the midfield holding role last Saturday, and is looking forward to our next two games, both away to Arsenal at the Emirates this Saturday in the FA Cup 4th round, and then on Tuesday in the Premier League.


David Rozehnal – center-back filled in defensive midfield last Saturday

David told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We are geared up for all games but the games against Arsenal are always huge.” “Just like Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool we look forward to them.”“Now we have two games very quickly against Arsenal”

“It’s always difficult against Arsenal but the only thing we are thinking about is going through to round five of the FA Cup and then taking three points on Tuesday.”

“We must show them that we can fight and how dangerous we can be.”

“There’s no reason why we cannot do well in these games.”

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan started Rozehnal in a holding midfield role against Bolton Wanderers but we’re not sure if he’ll be used again in that position on Saturday against Arsenal.

Rozehnal thinks there were a lot of good things to take out of the 0-0 draw against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday, as he continued:

“It was disappointing but we kept a clean sheet.” “We were much better than Bolton even though we didn’t score.”

“There were some mistakes but I felt good after the game.”

Keegan was at least pleased with the level of commitment of his players last Saturday and they turned in one of the best, if not the best home performance of the season when they thrashed Stoke City 4-1 last Wednesday. That was just hours after Kevin had been appointed Newcastle manager for the second time.

David then talked about the view of the players since Kevin was appointed a week ago:

“It’s never easy to play straight after a manager has been appointed.”

“I think we showed the manager that he has a good team and he can build from here.”

It will be interesting to see if David will play at the Emirates on Saturday since we would expect Nicky Butt to be back, following his two game suspension. Alan Smith is also available for selection, but Emre still has a game to serve before he’s back.

Comments and opinions always welcome.

27 comments so far

  • spidey

    Jan 24, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    david’s the man for defense mid!


    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    he should just shut up talking these big words, beouse he has absolutely no right to do so!

    Start playing wihtout all these silly mistakes and then you might be able to say something again. But at the moment he has no right to enter the starting lineup at all…

  • ToonKing

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I just heard that Wenger is putting Walcott up for loan. Surely we must move for him.

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    As much as I’d love to knock Arsenal out. I just can’t see how we can.

    It takes something special to beat a team like that at home. If you look around our team how many can score a goal out of nothing?

    After what happened in the Carling Cup this week, Arsenal will be determined to beat us….and despite our team’s words we will lose.

  • joe

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    dont be so pessimistic

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    We WILL win!!!!!! Both times!!!!! by 5 goals or more!!!! BECAUSE WE ARE BETTER THAN TOTENHAM!!!!!! Isnt that right MIDD THE YIDD, YOU PRICK!!!!!!

  • ToonRich

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    James, all we need it fight and commitment from the team and we’ll do well. Look how Spurs made them look like a normal team – there is no reason why we cant do that.

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonrich – but spurs have lots of players with pace who caught Arsenal napping. We’ll have Butt and Smith.

    Spur’s biggest advantage was being at home.

    At SJP I’d be confident we’d beat Arsenal.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be wrong about all of this and for us to win.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We WILL!!!!!!

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    ronaldeano – okay…what will be the team and scorers…?

  • Rich

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Team will be :

    Carr Taylor CacapalEnrique
    Milner Butt N Zogbia Duff
    Owen Smith

    SUBS: Harper, Rozenthal, Viduka(if fit) if not Troisi , Edgar, Ameobi

    Arsenal 1 Newcastle 1 we will take it in the replay!

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Hello Ajax, my name is Mike Ashley, here is £20 million for Huntaleer and £90K a week for the player.

    Because everytime I see him I am convinced he will be a toon legend.

  • Tez131

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Carr — Taylor– Cacapa/Rosenhal– Enrique

    ————Owen —-Viduka/Smith

    Smith played well upfront against arsenal earlier in the season. And Keegan did bring him to the england squad when he was young. Hope fully Keegan see’s him as a stiker not a midfielder.

    2-1 Toon. N’Zogbia & Owen

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    I think KK will play the same team as bolton game as our squad is so small at the minute but Owen WILL score and so will Milner and Zog

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    So a 90th minute winner by Owen, and a 5th round tie against Hereford?

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 24, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    No mate, a 6-0 hammering by the toon. Have faith mate, have faith

  • Leo*

    Jan 24, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #17

    come on the toon, gutted i didnt get tickets for this match, as i nearly had an excuse to go down to london on business… bastard company didnt go bankrupt haha, bit of a harsh thing to say.

  • dragoner

    Jan 24, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #18

    i cant wait for this match, unfortunately i will be in the P section amongst the home fans 🙁

  • James

    Jan 24, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    “They were so impressive from the first whistle. They way they got in amongst them clearly unsettled Arsenal.

    Nzogbia’s wonder goal piled the pressure on a team still smarting from their defeat at White Hart Lane.

    They were just so positive. The players were oozing confidence all over the pitch.

    Owen’s last minute goal will do him wonders and there’s no doubt about it, Keegan has this team moving in the right direction.”

    Alan Hansen on MOTD this sat 🙂

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jan 24, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    god….we will lose this…and we will lose badly…4-o for arsenal….adebayor hat-trick….i have that fealing.. 🙁

  • Tripp

    Jan 24, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t care about the results (though a win would be sweet) so much as the way the side plays. If they put in a passionate effort and lose, that’s OK by me. If they show the same type of determination they did when gooners came to SJP then we’ll be OK. If we keep the ball on the ground and go at them, I’ll be happy.

  • steve

    Jan 24, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Will people stop putting Butt in thier teams, he’s friggin useless, can’t pass, can’t shoot, won’t track back – sorry but he’s well past his best and has been for a while, it’s only the fact that BSA played Geremi/Smith and Barton in midfield that made Butt look better than he is

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 24, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    ELFER what gives you the right to say that Roz should not maker any comment ? He has just as much right as you but the difference is that he almost certainly knows more about soccer than you ever will. I have no doubt also that he will play a considerably better game than you. If the only contribution that you can make to this blog is to slag people off then perhaps the blog would be better without you !!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Rich – I think that will be the team on Saturday – it also looks quite strong and nicely balanced.

  • Tripp

    Jan 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d like to see Roz in place of butt. His service seemed much better than Butt’s has been recently. Less likely to pick up another yellow too. I wish the ACN was over. We need Beye and Faye. Particularly Beye.

  • dingo

    Jan 25, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #26

    and Geremi…… his crossing was great at ANC the other night, also he did a LOT of work down the right hand side…. I hope hes gonna hit form.

  • hanzemre

    Jan 25, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Yea Rozehnal to start for our DM with Butt at bench. N’zogbia’s work rate suits for CM and more ruthless to go fwd.Let’s give Smith a run pf games upfront with Owen.


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