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N’Zogbia Dreams Of Playing For Arsenal

11:24 am, Friday, July 11th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

At the end of last season Newcastle fans were wondering if Charles N’Zogbia would still be at the club at the end of August.


Charles N’Zogbia – wants to move to London

Newcastle left winger Charles N’Zogbia is reported to be ready to tell Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan he has a desire to play somewhere other than at Newcastle, preferably at Arsenal or Tottenham.

The French Under-21 international, who Newcastle signed from Le Havre when he was just 18 years old in 2004, has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park, following reports that he is unsettled on Tyneside.

N’Zogbia started 27 Premier League matches last season for Newcastle, and still has four years remaining on his current deal, which he signed last September.

Maybe we should explain to Charles that contracts are not just pieces of paper but they are agreements to be honored on both sides, as a legal document.

Not that the recent ridiculous pronouncements from Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the President of FIFA helps much.

Sepp compared players’ contracts today to modern slavery, and then had the utter gall to say that Christiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave the Red Devils for Real Madrid “if he wants to.”

How do these people ever get elected to high office when they come out with these stupid statements all the time?

We suppose someone has to explain to Sepp about what contracts are for – because it seems like he has no idea.

N’Zogbia has said he wants to hold talks with manager Kevin Keegan shortly to discuss his future at the club, and he told France Football yesterday:

“At the end of last season I didn’t play a lot, so that has given me desire to play somewhere else.”

” When I talk with the coach it will be clearer. My priority is to play.”

“I have dreamed about Arsenal since I was kid. I would be delighted to join the Gunners.”

“It is a famous team that has big coverage in France. But Tottenham is exciting too.”

“I have never played in Ligue 1. That could be an experience in my career. But frankly, it is not my current priority.”

” I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world. And I feel a little like at home here.”

If Charles wants to play regularly, the last thing he should do is move to Arsenal – if they in fact want him.

There are some great players at the Gunners, who cannot get a game in the first team, and Charles will have a much better chance of playing first team football on Tyneside.

But if we he really wants to move to London, we know Kevin will not stand in his way – but Newcastle need to put a decent transfer fee on the player, and only sell him, if a club meets that figure.

If that doesn’t happen then Charles has an obligation to stay at the club, because he signed a 5 year contract last year, and should have thought about all this before he signed the contract.

Of course we may hear from The FIFA President on this in the future, telling Newcastle to sell Charles to Arsenal immediately, for whatever  Arsenal want to pay for him, should in fact Arsenal actually want him.

That’s no more ridiculous than the statement he made recently on the Ronaldo case.

And these people run world football?

Heaven help us.

Comments welcome, but please keep them civil.

Tags: Charles N'Zogbia · Transfer News and Rumours


104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Wohoooo……..First AGAIN!

    He needs a shoe up his arse…NAL!

  • 2 brownrob // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Best to have players who want to play for the shirt. in my opinion, use the money to get someone who will give 100%

  • 3 bigpeaovtheweab // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    let him go we dont need a stropy frenchman not wanting to play for us id love to keep him but if he wants out let him go

  • 4 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Well we’ve got Jonas who can play left or right anyway. Get rid, and someone with a bit more creative aspect to there game!

  • 5 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    I think he might be sold anyway, especially if we’re after Larsson. With Zog gone, then we have more than enough options for the wings if we sign Larsson in addition to Jonas!

  • 6 broon ale // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    i remember him saying at the end of last season, “i dont wish to leave newcastle and if i am honest I never have”

    utter lies charles now pack your bags! enjoy the bench at the emirates!

  • 7 Ashton // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Ungratfull muppet

  • 8 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    @Broon Ale: Watch he’ll come out and say that his comments were mis-interperated!


  • 9 Phil // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    It’s very worrying. Nzogbia is very talented, and could be a legend in this place if he just adhusted his attitude a little.

    But if he doesn’t want to be here, he can take his stuff and f*** off.

    Blatter, s comments will only serve to destabilise anyone who isn’t in the top four clubs.

  • 10 The Entertainers // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Your right Ed, according to Blatter we have ‘enslaved’ Zog for 5 whole years !

    Enslave me now Newcastle United and i accept your terms too. 35k p/w!……

    The mans a joke! and Platini no better.

    Back to Zog, sell, sell sell… desire, no commitment, no passion, no good then!

    Why is it the bloody French keeping producing talented sulky players?

  • 11 brownrob // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Who was the reporter he spoke to again?

    I think it was Osama Bin Laden! :D

  • 12 dougnufc // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM


    Harps, Edgar, Milner, Butt,Skjelbred, LuaLua, Dukes/Carroll

  • 13 Hammy // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Olivier Bernard anybody???
    bye bye career….

  • 14 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Funny how the little tool won’t speak to the press! How is it he keeps getting his message across. Hate him get shot, the frog whinger list is endless Domi, Dumas,Robert,Goma ,Distin, Zog etc etc.Thanks hammy bernard I will say nothing about coloured frogs.

  • 15 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Sepp Blatter is a imbecile. If Man Utd wanted Ronaldo from Madrid id bet he wouldnt come out and say he should be allowed to leave and neither would Pratini. I wont believe anything about N’Zogbia until it is on the offical website. Playing for Arsenal is a dream and it can remain his dream. We have him on a 5 yr deal and i want him to stay.

  • 16 Ericles // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Where is this information coming from? Come on KK and grab Zog by the scruff of the neck, stick him front of a mike and cameras and loads of NUFC fans, and demand he tells us all where he wants to be. If he is throwing his toys out of the pram again then put him on the next express to Kings Cross. If not then buy him some larger nappies and make him play!

  • 17 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Costco have a good deal on nappies at the mo.

  • 18 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    @Tam Toon: Slightly racist!!!!

    Good thing Spyro isn’t commenting!

  • 19 51times // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    If he wants out, get him out. No use to us if he wants away.

  • 20 Dirk // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    He hasnt said he doesnt want to play for newcastle just he wants to play regular football and if he cant play at newcastle then hed lik arse or spuds. lets not attack him now, he did a grand job for us last yr and if he wants to leave and spuds are willing to buy him then lets milk them dry. until that happens tho he is still a newcastle player and i will continue to support him till the day he leaves.

  • 21 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Kash 2 aye slightly mate, but facts. I just think of the likes of Anelka. It does not happen any where else on such a large scale just France.

  • 22 steve // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    He obviously doesn’t give a flying who he plays for as long as it’s in London and they’ll give him 35- 40k a week –
    How he can say in the same breath that he dreams of playing for Arsenal but also Spurs is exciting.
    And maybe West Ham or Fulham if they don’t want you eh zogs!

    Doesn’t he know that Arsenal / Spurs supporters actually hate each other and are likely to be less than enamoured with these comments!

    Zogs needs to get his head down and actually start producing some decent football as for Sepp Blatters comments on slavery *%$£

    Next he’ll be comparing footballers to Nazi camp prisoners of war

  • 23 Hammy // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    I wonder if any of the first teamers post on here under an assumed name??? what do you reckon, all that spare time on their hands???
    anyway I’m off to wash my Aston Martin and then go for a few holes with Alan and Rob…I think I’ll tell them about my new contract…

  • 24 Steve T // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Zog’s the best Left Winger we have at the club. Can’t blame him for only wanting to play football. He should be promised a starting place LW next season and tell him to work hard to keep that place.

  • 25 Maestro // Jul 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Well, Martins said almost the same thing: “Arsenal is a big club that everyone wants to play for.”

    So, do you want to sell both players? I´d rather keep them both.

    And Udinese general director said that Inler will stay!

  • 26 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    @Tam Toon: Most frnch are whinging fannies to be honest. Plus they’re proper ignorant and unmanorable fools.

    There’s loads working in my building for Commerzbank and they always jump ahead of you for the lift and never let women out the lift first. Proper idiots!

  • 27 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Maestro know what your getting at but Oba’s were never as direct as zogs. End of the day don’t care how good any player is, if they don’t want to wear black and white get rid. We have had loads of it over the years. People struggle to pay for their tickets, they don’t need this from overpaid prima donnas. :D

  • 28 Hammy // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Yes that’s right Kash, as soon as our parisian friends encounter something they don’t like they torch a town or blockade roads or something similar, we’d get locked up!!!!
    sacre bleu!!!

  • 29 Ericles // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    The item is on France Football and is being bandied about on BBC sports gossip column. It says he wants to discuss his future with KK as well as the bit about Arse and All and Tottie on Ham. Time the air was cleared on this one too.

  • 30 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Tell him to change his mind!

  • 31 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Kash 2 now that is proper racist! I have a bit to do with them at work and you are spot on. They are the new Germans. Like mancs are the new cockneys.

  • 32 CRAIGG // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    This could have been avoided by not signing Duff, 05-06 he was superb and was certainly not deserving of his treatment by Roeder as Duff has done absoutely nothing since arriving

    (I cant think of 1 Duff assist can anyone?)

    This is the reason i hate the bashing of Milner, When has he ever moaned about anything he gets on with it despite being called back from Villa about 5 minutes before signing.

    Dropped for the disinterested overpaid clown Dyer last season despite being brilliant in every game.

    Played out of position by Allardyce every game yet still gets on with it and was clearly our best player this season during Sams time.

    Being bid for by liverpool he could have done what Barry is to secure a move but no he gets on with it and that is why he is a gem.

    Not to mention his 30 Assists and 12 Goals in the last 3 seasons of playing in an awful Villa side and a (just) slightly better Newcastle side.

    Can you imagine how good he could be with a fully fit Viduka and Owen partnership.

    Sod Larsson Jinky Jimmy is the way forward.

  • 33 scott9 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    get rid of him he has no respect for us newcastle fans coming out with statements like that his attitude stinks i say let him root away on the arsenal the aragent idiot

  • 34 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Oh I forgot about Ginola being a left whinger!

  • 35 WIGAZ // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Well if you want to go then GO!!!! lets be honest lads he’s no Ronaldo is he? didn’t score 40 odd goals for us last season so hy we that bothered? no comitment! get rid, play jonas out left Buy SWP for the right! milner can play inside or right, sorted! one more thing tell u what arsene straight swap zog for walcott! what u lads think bout that?

  • 36 mikeygd // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    He will regret it when he moves, just like olivier bernard he will end up ruining his career.

  • 37 Taiwantoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    I will forgive him for that.

    Every French player would want to play for Arsenal, wouldn’t they? It’s even hard to get in the Arsenal squad than getting into the Franch national team. One of our formal player has assured us of that.

  • 38 Maestro // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    @ tam toon # 27

    I totally agree!!

    I the only reason why I want to keep them is our paper thin squad! We already need 4-5 new players…

  • 39 Danish_Magpie // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    This can be solved. He is not saying he is miserable, merely that he wants to play. Let’s make Newcastle a proper team for him to play for, and he will stay.

  • 40 autibo // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    to be fair it sounds to me like he’s happy to stay if he gets picked. “things will be clearer when i speak with the coach. my priority is to play”

    but if spurs were to offer us decent cash £3m+ plus either malbranque or lennon i’d be tempted

  • 41 CRAIGG // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Milner can cover either wing or central so yep buy SWP, Jonas left.

    Subs: Harper, Faye, Enrique, Butt, Milner, Martins, Smith

  • 42 Kash2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    I would have rather we kept him this season, played him as much as we could to inflate his price more!

  • 43 mikeygd // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    the only reason he didnt play at the end of the season was because of his desire to leave (his attitude).

  • 44 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Steve T (24) – Danish_Magpie (39) and a few others totally agree! He just wants to play in his natural position which is midfield (LW) and (AM) give him that chance and he’ll be one of our best players!! We should be getting rid of DUFF not ZOGGY!!!! come on wake up, pull your finger out and sell our rubbish and bring in QUALITY!!!!

  • 45 WesToon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Typicall…this is, if the Lad doesnt wanna play for us,let him go!!!! The toon have lacked players who are trully there commited for many years now! In response to some on here who said, You cant blame a frenchman for wanting to play for the Arse!! i agree there mate, BUT he also said Spurs interests him, now THAT p*sses me off!!

  • 46 Ericles // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    According to the Liverpool Echo (BBC sports gossip) we have had a bid for Danny Guthrie accepted. What now?

  • 47 Hadji // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Tam Toon…..Your list is good but could you please remove Robert from there.
    Why dont you put some English whingers too:Jenas,Woodgate,Dyer,Parker,Bellamy(Welsh but who cares).
    At least Robert won us so many games

  • 48 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Maestro your right about the squad ,I think we need 7 or 8 mate. They are even talking about Edgar , Kadar, Tozer and Carroll on loan somewhere are we missing the point? Can you get into Europe with 16 players including injury victims duff, owen and viduka. And rubbish like geremi and smith and duff again and cacapa. Plus jail bird joey, oh mate I have just depressed myself.

  • 49 ObaFan2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Blatter and Platini should both be thrown out of office. They both are so obviously anti EPL.

    I agree with the comment 22 about mentioning the Arse nal along with Spurs….. no comparrison really! Not that I like either but Whiner has been very succesful@ Gooner land.

    If he wants to go then sell him imo. If he cannot see the future’s bright at NUFC then bye bye. IMO he struggles to make our first team, how’s he expect to be first choice for a CL team !

  • 50 WesToon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Thanx for the gr8 site Ed, this one & are awesome!! Have been visiting this site for a LONG time now,finally after a lot of reading,im here to post comments,been a TOON fan for over 15 years now,im from South Africa & wanted to know if any1 on here knew about coaching schools in Newcastle??

  • 51 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Whats with some fans they slag off the media about certain articles then believe others! Charles N’zogbia is our best young talent in midfield and maybe the 1st team! HE JUST WANTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL!!!

  • 52 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    I used to really like Zog but he’s fallen off Big Time this last year.

    It’s right – Spurs fans are gonna hate him if he ends up signing for them and not Arsenal, and if he does get to Arsenal, there’s no way he’s going to be playing week-in, week-out.

    He’s have been much better continuing as he had done by keeping his head down with the Toon, growing his fanbase which was quite considerable, and concentrating on his pacey attacking play. If he stuck with us (and he may yet), and we achieve our goals over the four years left on his contract, he’d have gone down as a bit of a legend. Unfortunately, he has put a huge dent in this possibility with a few silly comments.

    I have a distinct feeling if he moves to either Spurs or the Goons, he will be flushing his career down the toilet. The only exception is he may get more games at Spurs and break into their first team, but again, he’s not going to be an instant fan favourite with that over-inflated ego of his. What exactly has he accomplished to think so highly of himself? He’s a talented player but by no means stratospheric.

    For shame!

  • 53 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    And yes, I think it’s quite clear for all to see that Sep Blatter is an idiot of George Bush proportions. His idiocy speaks for itself.

    Slavery…I laughed my arse off when I heard that the other morning when getting up for work. In fact, I didn’t believe it at the time.

    Typical of Blatter to say something like this.

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a big wind-up. Yes, that’s it. He must be bored.

  • 54 ObaFan2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    HPR, they are quotes from the player not just journo made up tripe.

  • 55 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    And I’m not quite sure why footballers have to make their ‘dreams’ public. It’s as though they have no PR nous whatsoever. Doesn’t he realise if this transfer doesn’t go through, he is going to be villified by the Toon Army for these comments?

    Okay, maybe not villified, but his image as a former fan favourite has taken a nose-dive.

    In my opinion he is a very foolish young man, but I’m sure he will learn from this.

  • 56 bailey // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Wouldn’t it be great if the likes of Wenger etc came out and said categorically that N’Zogbia was wasting his time even thinking about joining Arsenal etc. Of course managers won t because they will always want to keep their options open.
    Wish Charles would just get on with playing for us because I think he could be real class.

  • 57 Derdi4Toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    if he’s gone who will sign for us to play LW? Duff is a retiree. Guti or Larssson can play LW? sure, but they are no more effective than Milner there. Emre will go. unless we no longer play wingers. so 4321 or 433? well we don’t have enough strikers with Duke out, Carroll unproven, Oba inconsistent (and unsettled?), and Owen ageing and yet to sign an extension … well …

  • 58 goonertilidie // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    I aint being funny me ol geordie pals – we don’t want/need the boy we have just signed Nasri so I hope he does stay with you lot – as for Given – why would we want him now? great keeper – but if he can’t start for Newcastle he would be keeping the bench warm with Zog!

    To be honest you lot would know more than me about the Zog but from what I know of him I aint that excited about the prospect of signing him.

    ‘Merci’ as we say at the emirates

    PS. do you want Adebeyor another ungrateful prick?

  • 59 Fergie // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    apparently we’ve had a bid accepted for Danny Guthrie…

  • 60 Obafan // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    I never liked N’Zogbia; I think he is overrated. By saying these comments he just confirms my thoughts about him. He thinks he is better than he actually is. If I was KK, I would sell this idiot and use the money on players who really want to play for the club.

    Oh and by the way, N’Zogbia could be a good benchwarmer in London, cause he will never ghet a starting spot at Spurs or Arsenal.

  • 61 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Yes he has made some comments in the past! the reason being he is frustrated!!! he proved to the fans at the beginning of last season he wants to play for the club, by signing a new 5 year contract! if he gets to play football he will be happy!!!
    getting rid of duff would help to prove to him he is a major part of the clubs plans!!

  • 62 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Hadji- great player -whinger. I actually knew him through a mate of mine nice bloke- but had a habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. He was one of my favourites though for his assists and goals. He was not a defender ever he always played an advanced role and only Sir Bob seemed to know that. :D

  • 63 Marguerite // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    I used to really think he was going to be a top notch player, but unfortunately over the past 2 seasons he has not developed as I would have hoped. I know he was injured and was played out of position, but too many times there is no end product to his play and his attitude leaves a lot to be desired.

    So, as short as we are of players, if he wants out, get the best price for him and let him go. We can use the money to buy someone who is keen and wants to pull on the shirt and wear it with pride.

    Also, when my friend was at Newcastle a couple of seasons ago doing the hush hush photography for Addidas re the launch of our current shirt, he was appalled at the rude and unco-operative attitude of Zog.

    Ed – don’t get me started on that corrupt man Blatter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 64 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Wenger is french and has come out a few times saying he was a big fan of Charles!! he has the quality and talent that we the fans and the club want!!! He just wants to play!!!

  • 65 Graham // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Hang on this is the press twisting things again just like they did with Martins.

    All he says is that he wants to play football – and if he isn’t playing football at NUFC then maybe he should look elsewhere.

    He didn’y play much at then end of last season because Owen, Martins and Viduka were coming up with the goods. Zog was injured before this and Keegan didn’t want to change a winning combination.

    He has already said he is happy in Newcastle but just wants to play.

    More bollocks from National and international press. The way they make things up even Alan Oliver could get a job for them!

  • 66 ObaFan2 // Jul 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    I’d have hoped KK would have helped settle him down a little over the last 6 months and he’d have seen the possibilities at the Toon.

    I keep thinking of …. big fish in a small lake compared to small fish in big sea…. scenario with alot of players in the EPL.

    Only exception @ Toon imo is Oba who I think would fit in 90% of teams world wide and be pretty succesful.

  • 67 SteveD // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    “How do these people ever get elected to high office when they come out with these stupid statements all the time?”

    And why has he not been replaced yet = pure corruption.

  • 68 paul p // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    why are we not signing anyone. us fans who have just paid 1400 for 3 years approx or more or have taken the one year option have been mugged yet again by newcastle. lets face it. we are not going to sign anyone are we. we can be linked with tom, dick or harry as far as i am concerned, but we are not going to get anyone decent are we. its p’ing me right off as i can only see us just say keeping in the top flight at this stage. and further news fat ask wants someone to buy in to newcastle says we have no money. we are a joke. sick of it as well.

  • 69 GREGGS STOTTIE // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    i had wet dream once thought i supported Sunderland

  • 70 Davies // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Young and impetuous that N’Zogbia. I like his style of football, and he has the ability to be a fundamental part of the team that fires us back to the top.

    If Keegan gives him what he wants, regular football (and why shouldn’t he? the boy’s very good), I think he can make amends for his comments. I also think that he would stick with Newcastle.

    The only fear is that he recaptures his impressive form, improves his attitude and then becomes more attractie to the likes of Wenger and Ramos. If they really want him, it will be hard to cinvince him to stay, but with his current attitude “issues”, I don’t think they’d touch him.

    What a conundrum.

  • 71 chuck // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    What is it about NUFC that players like N`Zogbia, Martens, etc. want away ?
    Fac is, the club is in a state of dissaray at present.
    A tightening of the purse strings, present squad reduced to barely a hand full.
    No sign of any signings (at least not above £5m.bracket)
    Questionable denials from management in regard to the future of the club.
    Seems most transfer targets are snubbing the club, even prefering the smoggies.
    Its about time ownership and management got on the same page and a little PR would`nt hurt.
    The club has great potential, but not if it continues in the present direction.

  • 72 DC Magpie // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    What kind of report is this? who published it?

    He is unsettled, “I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world. And I feel a little like at home here.”

    Wait, what?

    I’m not sure I believe anything in the press anymore. The last thing I heard from him was that he’s happy so what has changed? I believe it when I see it, not just unattributed quotes.

  • 73 MAG PIE // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    DC Magpie – supposedly he said it to france Football but I’ve just looked on France Football site and can’t find this interview at all.

    Who is his agent?

  • 74 Andy1 // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    I doubt Arsenal would want him. They have just spent big money on Nasri who I think plays the same position.

    I would hate him to go to Spurs because I think he is probably our best attacking midfielder at the moment. He would be hard to replace as he has a special talent at running with the ball and threatening the opposition defence.

  • 75 Paul // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Fine, let him move to London. But not at a”bargain basement” price. He’s had numerous attempts to show us what he could do and has been found wanting. If he thinks he’ll get first team football at Tottenham or Arsenal without showing more determination, he will rot on their bench. When he came to Newcastle, I thought he might be special. How wrong I was.

  • 76 Andy1 // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Also I think we will switch back to 442 and he will be first choice leftwing. He couldn’t say he wants to move to Arsenal to get football because he will be a benchwarmer – look at what happened to Diarra. Even at Spurs he may struggle to get games as Giovani was mainly a left winger for Barca.

  • 77 A geordiedoonsooth // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Let the stroppy little french git go, but only for at least £10m or maybe we could swap him for Lennon from Spurs.

  • 78 Stamford Toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Not a lot of loyalty to our players from most contributors to this blog. As soon as anyone reports that one of our players wants first team football and has thought about other teams you forget what he has done for us, hurl abuse at him and say goodriddance. You are ready to slag off the press when they critisise our club and call them liars but then ready to believe other reports without question. Be fair lads.
    I disagree with ed over the transfer system and contracts. Clubs are willing to break contracts as and when they wish so how can we expect players not to do the same. The system stinks, it’s all about money and not loyalty or legal agreements.

  • 79 Micky Toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Paul p – no one has mugged you at all. Did you get a cast iron promise with your renewal form that NUFC would be investing in world class players? Did it mention them by name? No it didn’t. You know what you are buying into as it’s not exactly been quiet on the NUFC front. You know we haven’t invested heavily in players, so stop moaning that you’ve somehow been conned into buying a season ticket. I’m guessing no one put a gun to your head.

    Once again people on here just pick and chose which part of the articles they want to be true to suit their own opinions or agenda. The Zog has not said he wants to leave at all. Go back and read the quotes. He is a talent and now because some people think he wants to leave he’s suddenly crap. No wonder the rest of the footballing world thinks NUFC fans are fickle.
    Also having a pop at the lad because he earns a massive amount of money per week is just laughable. Footballers wages are obscene, but there is nothing you can do about it, they are paid the going rate for their trade. Should we also not be interested in anyone who doesn’t declare undying love for all things NUFC? Wake up and realise that not every footballer worships the team we do and if they comment that they followed another team as a boy and they would love to play for that team, does not mean they cannot and will not do a good job for us. In the current 1st team, there’s probably only Taylor who has actually attended a NUFC match as a fan.

  • 80 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Micky, these comments from Zog about Arsenal and Spurs need not have been said. He is not doing himself any favours, and should choose his words more carefully. It’s clear he’s unhappy and opening up doors to a potential move, should the option come up. It’s how footballers put their thoughts out, via the media, and happens every day. And certain fans don’t like it for good reason!

    Who doesn’t want to play regularly? I’m pretty sure that most pro footballers want to play (except for the old and lazy ones perhaps!) every game. He is not getting picked, probably because he doesn’t fit into KK’s plans, or is simply not showing it on the training ground. Again, perhaps it was due to circumstances at the time he didn’t fit well into Big Sam’s weird formations, but the fact is he signed a contract and he should put more effort in to get picked. He plays for the Toon, the Toon don’t play for him.

    Is it so unreasonable to be unhappy with his mention of playing, no, dreaming of playing, for other teams? I don’t think so to be honest. He gets paid alot to play for us and has alot of years left on his contract and these kinds of statements from players rile the fans up for good reason. What’s more, he contradict’s his previous comments a few months back saying he wants to stay and has never wanted to leave. We fickle? More like the player to me…

    Players are allowed to have their own thoughts and feelings of course, but there is a way of doing things in a respectful and dignified manner. If he had come out and stamped out any of these links to London, it would be a very different blog article, no? I’m all for standing by players who go about things in a professional manner i.e. keep their head down, work hard, and work through the hard patches. One rough season, one year into his contract, and the kid’s talking about Arsenal and Spurs. He’s in his early 20s, he should be talking about taking Newcastle forwards, not about his childhood dreams of Arsenal. The circumstances just do not justify.

    And no one said he was crap, just not the amazing player he seems to think he is, wanting to go to a Champ’s league team thinking he will suddenly get first team football.

    The man isn’t far off cuckoo land if you ask me. He should show it for the Toon first, cos Ronaldo he aint.

  • 81 oga // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Ed I though you were cutting down on the fraff in this comments section?

    I’m very offended by Tam Toon’s racist comments. Anyone who uses the word ‘coloured’, in 2008, is a proven bigot.

    Not a good look for Newcastle fans when you’ve got idiots typing such rubbish all over the internet.

  • 82 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    And yes, it’s a filthy industry, but some players have integrity and others don’t. Just because they can get away with this kind of communication with other clubs doesn’t make it right, and doesn’t mean we have to like it.

    Like it we don’t!

  • 83 oga // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    And Nzogbia is going nowhere. Spuds have just signed Dos Santos and Arsenal dont spend money like that.

    We need to be persuading him to stay.

  • 84 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    No one is bigger than the Toon.

    He should be persuading us to let him play more often which should be shown on the training pitch and not via journalists.

  • 85 gorskino10 // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Why don’t we swap him for armound troure or carlos vela.

  • 86 oga // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Well he didn’t exactly play badly in his last game for the toon did he? In fact I would say he was our best player. Never really complained when he was played out of position.

    All he said is he dreams of playing for Arsenal. Taylors contract demands, while we were fighting a relegation battle, were a lot worse. Keegan should have shown him how Newcastle is the best option in January, and told him to sack his agent. It can still be done.

    We cant afford to lose anymore pace.

  • 87 domtoon // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Taylor did sack his ‘agent’ (his dad), and yes, that little well publicised contract spat too was also regretable.

    And it’s not exactly the same situation, Tayls and Zogs.

  • 88 Leo // Jul 11, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    he would have been asked loaded questions to make sure they get this sort of answer. such as which club would you dream of playing for, such as tottenham or arsenal…

    stop jumping on his back he just is trying to get out of the non playing situation he is good enough and has been mucked around, when it was martins people didnt jump on him as much

  • 89 leeroy // Jul 11, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    let the little frog go, dnt want anyone at the club who doesnt want to be here, rather him go now than have a gd season and then go when theres more intrest, hope he goes to spurs then brakes his leg.

  • 90 michael // Jul 11, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Sell nzogbia a complete muppet coz he wont get regular football at arsenal , but like someone said it is best to get rid of the shit who dont want to put on the black and white shirt. I dont think nzogbia is the brightest player like lol.

    Keegan is a legend

  • 91 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Oga sorry if I have offended you there was no intention too. But some of the players I mentioned are white , half caste, and black thats why I said coloured. Did not realise the word coloured was banned anywhere! So I guess I am not an idiot -you idiot.

  • 92 Tripp // Jul 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    tam, in the states that’s an old fashioned term that has a LOT of baggage. You certainly don’t hear it here anymore.

  • 93 Mikey24 // Jul 11, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    I think its media slur again! Lets interview him for an hour, select 3 quotes which look bad then sit back and watch the fans groan! Plenty of players support other teams and say “it’d be great to play for them one day” cut out the last 2 words you have a player who sounds unhappy/wanting to move! Again notice how its all quotes and no video/sound evidence!

  • 94 tam toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Hadji that was a great list of english whingers just picked on french as it was topical.

  • 95 geno toon // Jul 11, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    This clown angers me….. you think you will do much more then ride the bench at either of those clubs now.

  • 96 Patrick // Jul 11, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    I don’t even think the source is trust-able. Don’t we really need to talk to Zoggy directly to find out what he is really thinking? Remember this situation has happened so many times before that we have some bad messages from a foreign source that turns out as nothing.

  • 97 Patrick // Jul 11, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Can’t agree more with Mikey

  • 98 shearer4pm // Jul 11, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    id jus use him in a swap for gilberto, song and bentnar, need cm posistions fast

  • 99 Gallowgate31 // Jul 11, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    All these french players are just upset that we have not turned them instantly into the next Ginola,

    you know he got paid a pretty penny or two for them ” I’ AM WORTH IT” bloody adverts,

    Charlie might be thinking he could have an advertising campaign for Primark’s underwear range ( ala Beckham ) but if only he was in London,

    The kid has talent, not yet fully proven but he is an exciting player to watch and fair enough he has been messed around a bit especially by BFSA…….

    But now he is under KK, does he really not know what happened the last time round with KK as the boss ………… My advice do some research and then get your head down and prove yourself , but if spuds really excite you then F… off now.

    Wouldn’t normally be arsed but I really hailed this kid when BFSA was messing him around and duff was limping round in circles.

    Way to make us fans love you Charles..

  • 100 Gallowgate31 // Jul 11, 2008 at 7:08 PM


    That is if its true in the first place…

  • 101 Sav // Jul 12, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    N’Zog should not be talking of his childhood dreams but of being a man with guts and ambition to improve the club that pay him massive wages.

    I like to watch the lad but I’m getting cheesed off with his attitude. He has promise but he is far from the footballer he seems to think he is and he ruins too many runs by failing to look up to see a pass.

    If Zog wants a transfer to a what he thinks a better team, let him put in the performances to attract one. I’d be surprised if Ramos or Wenger would really pay much for his limited contribution and they could hardly be too impressed by his attitude, either.

  • 102 Ross // Jul 12, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    GET RID OF HIM! good player but thinks he is far better than he is, someone in that mindset isnt going to progress

  • 103 oga // Jul 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Tam Toon wrote:

    “Oga sorry if I have offended you there was no intention too. But some of the players I mentioned are white , half caste, and black thats why I said coloured. Did not realise the word coloured was banned anywhere! So I guess I am not an idiot -you idiot.”


    You are a Neanderthal!

    - Who uses the terms half caste or coloured unless their a member of the BNP.

    - You cannot ban people from using words. It doesn’t make them any less racist.

    - If you had no issue with any of the mentioned players ethnicities, why the hell did you bring it up. I think we no what the bloody players look like.

    Racists like you are the worst. Talking rubbish online and at home, but don’t dare say anything to my face. I’m ashamed to support the same club as this scumbag.

  • 104 tam toon // Jul 12, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    How can I say it to your face numpty.I had to bring it up cos you were spouting off. I am no racist I could not care what colour (ooh that will get me wrong) anyone is. I have chinese friends that call themselves yellow. Last time I checked that was a colour. I am not saying it to annoy people, I don’t see why I have to alter words to suit you. No one else has said a thing, just you so you must have some serious issues going on. Say it too my face if you have a problem, can’t think of anyone I would less like to meet. You do not read things you read into them. I told you sorry if I offended you, but you have offended me with your false accusations of racism. I have had a pop at English players too Smith etc is it alright to call him blonde. In your world probably not, oh yeah there is no need to call him blonde as we have all seen him.
    Also Ed had a picture of Digard a few weeks ago, people said the picture was of a black guy. Others said he should have been white, in your pc language is black or white colours. Last time I looked at my toon top it was coloured b&w. That is my terminology, sorry again if it is dated but it is not meant to be racist so get over yourself.

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