Oba Martins Very Happy At Newcastle


Reports today that Newcastle Nigerian-born striker Obafemi Martins has dismissed speculation that he wants to leave the club.

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Oba Martins – very happy at Newcastle United

Martins insists he is ready to stay at Newcastle for the duration of his contract, and he told Sky Sports News today:

“It is good to know where I am going to be because I am still a Newcastle player and I really want to play for Newcastle,”

“I really love the fans as well and I have three years contract so for now I really don’t know what is going on.”

“There is talk about Arsenal, which is a good thing because they play in the UEFA Champions League.”

“But for now I am a Newcastle player and I will stay here for three years.”

“I am happy, very happy.”

Sky Sports then asked him if he would be interested in a move to Arsenal, and Martins told them:

“It is up to Newcastle. I still have three more years left and I really want to play for Newcastle.”

“I want to my best to help them into Europe.”

Well said Oba – and we wish the media would now stop all the rumors about him moving to Arsenal, because everybody and their grandfather know it will not happen.

But we all know there will be another report in the press, within a week or two, starting it all over again – and probably sensationally reported in The Sun, as an exclusive.

That”news” has been going the rounds for over a year now, would you believe.

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128 comments so far

  • Terry

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he’s here longer than three years, let’s match his ambition and then some.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Bet he’s going to love being a sub next season.

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  • Whitters

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Oba, Oba Fem!
    Oba, Oba Fem!
    Oba, Oba Fem!
    Obafemi Martins!

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  • Ally

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    We must do all we can to keep players of Obas stature, so this is great news.

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  • meiny_obano9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #5

    GETTIN. oba better stay. our best player i think. cmon kev we need aimar to set oba up so he can score more.

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  • ToonTex

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Oba can only get better. Playing with Owen for a few years will really pay off for him. Could be a monster for us before all is said and done. Go on son!!! You look great in the stripes!!!

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  • Toonboy

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Old news he wasnt ever gonna leave 🙂

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  • Nick C

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye, its really good of him to pledge his future to us when no one else wants him. Don’t be fooled. He would love to go to Arsenal.

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  • Matty

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I am happy, vey happy to hear this from Oba! BUT, we knew this all along. Oba is a Geordie!!

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  • Chris F

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #10

    i watched this “interview” on Sky Sports News earlier, and frankly it was pretty shameful reporting on their part.

    you could tell from the way questions were worded and asked, they were trying their best to get him to say he would like to play for arsenal.

    “If arsenal sold adebayor, and bid for you, and newcastle accepted the bid….would you play for arsenal?”

    i mean, could there be a more loaded question than that? what a joke they are.

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  • Nick C

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #11

    He doesn’t mind it here. Would just prefer the Gunners. Sorry to tell you…

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  • irish geordie

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know anything about alexis sanchez? Would he be worth a bet for the toon???? Can anyone tell me where the best hotel to stay would be in newcastle? Long time newcastle utd supporter just want to see my first live newcastle match this season.

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  • stumpofthetoon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #13

    he is our best striker hungry young and not just after the money

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  • Chris

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah I saw that aswell Chris F, blatently trying to put words in his mouth. They’re no better than the scummy newspapers.

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I knew he was staying. Arsenal cant match his wages.

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  • ChrisP

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    i dont see how he fits in with owen.

    shows alot of talent, id say even more than owen but owen always seems to find the net where as oba doesnt seem to be the same. could see him being amaze with a tall striker tho.

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  • Nick C

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #17

    If Wenger wanted him he would be gone. Stop deluding yourselves.

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  • JJ

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #18

    If Keegan picks his side on performance, Owen should be sitting bench ahead of Oba. He offers more than Owen in terms of pace and unsettling the defense. It is his movement and presence which made Owen most of his goals.
    I still like him and the Duke upfront. Aimar behind. Although wudda prefered Gudjohnssen there.

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #19

    IMHO our most valuable player in the squad, better than owen in my opinion…and at the moment the only player in our squad who other teams would b afraid to play against….that is of course untill Aimar signs 🙂 .

    @Chris F I agree that the interview was badley done but am happy to see he managed all the questions well and didn’t give them the sensational news they wanted.

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  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Oba knew what they were trying to do!! He was trying not to smile at how foward the questions were!!

    However, i was still not convinced!! wot have we been saying about De Jong today!! Of course hes not gunna admit it!! think about it!!!

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  • Pricey

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #21

    well in oba, you’ve got to fight for your place. And for bollox sake will the media shut the focking face about theese ours

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  • Chris F

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Nick C, no one is saying he wouldn’t go if arsenal bid for him and we accepted, but the fact is they haven’t and he is more than happy where he is right now.

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  • Pricey

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #23

    well in oba, you’ve got to fight for your place. And for bollox sake will the media shut the focking face about theese ours

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  • Marcus

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #24

    I saw his interview on Sky. He didn’t exactly sound all that excited. I know he’s low key off the pitch, but his buddies back in Africa are probably telling him he needs to go to Le Arse

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Sly sports are as bad as the rags…murdoch owns it, ’nuff said!..
    …Are they on the payroll of arse, manc, etc?..

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  • Irish toon9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Do yas think oba will get in the side this year if Aimar signs and we play 4-4-2 / 4-4-1-1?? i hope he does as hes one of a handfull of players that we have with genuine pace which is what we need in this league

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Oba for president

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Oba & Owen are very different…
    …Oba scares defenses with his pace & unpredictability…& Rocket-launcher…Where as
    Owen can punish you with his poachin’ ability & he’s still very quick, gettin’ in front of the defender to score!..& scores some great headers when he has ‘no right’ to beat a player 6″ taller!..

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  • Neptoon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #29

    hey guys. Toon supporter from Nepal (going to College in the States right now). I’ve been following this blog for quite sometime now, so I thought it was time I got more involved.
    Just being more optimistic,if you’ve watched the “In the picture section” in nufc.co.uk, theres a line that says “Gaffer still looking to add new faces to his squad before the big kick off”. What do you lads say abt that??

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  • Irish Toon9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Does anyone else get fraustrated with oba when he receives the ball up front in acres of space with 2 defenders in front of him and he holds the ball up rather than knocking the ball past them when he is going to beat them with his pace…bloody annoys me that does..everything else i like

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  • Irish Toon9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Neptoon – ive been doing the same and had to put a bit of input in here!

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  • Obafan

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Oba is outstanding; in his comments, in his passion, in his goals he scores, … What a player to have in your team. He defo can play together with MO in a 4-4-2 formation. As long as they got a midfield that can create danfger by giving through passes. If Aimar comes it looks really good for those 2 upfront.

    Gutierrez (known for assists)
    Aimar (fantastic player to play in a free role behind the 2 strikers)
    Duff (will get his level back next season, thrust my words)
    N’Zogbia (can create danger)
    Milner (sometimes he gets a good cross)
    Geremi (reads the game very well and gave a few assists at the end of last season)
    Guthrie (don’t know)

    Come on you Toon!

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  • harrier

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #33

    UGH apparently a quote from Aimar:

    “Luckyly, throughout my race I have been able to choose where to play. It had other proposals, but always I have wanted the Benfica”
    (this was translated from an argentinian website)

    Most press in argentina portugal and brazil saying he is about to sign for benefica

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Neptoon
    sounds like more good news is to come,well at least i hope it does but i’m sure we will get a few more really quallity buys, the likes of which that will any spurs fans cough *fernando* cough jelous as hell!!!!

    P.s. Neptoon u sound like a really nice guy ( just thought i’d say

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Welcome Neptoon & you Irish Toon9!..
    …Yea, Oba still has stuff to learn, i think he gets caught in 2 minds sometimes!..
    …& yea, still a few players required here!..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..

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  • Irish Toon9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Obafan – but i dont see Aimar playing in center midfield as he doesnt fight enough especially needed in PL..think he’ll only be used in a free role if we play 4-4-1-1 or last seasons 4-3-3..and i doubt we will play 4-3-3 this season from the start..i agree though we need him in our side

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  • Irish Toon9

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #37

    @Irish_Toon

    Where ya from man?

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  • Dan13

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #38

    I really like him
    but i’ve got to disagree with comment number 13
    He drives a lamborghini murcielago, ferrari spider and various porsches
    if thats not in it for the money, what is!?
    🙂
    Happy he came out and said this tho

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  • brave new toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #39

    At the moment, of coarse all our players would jump at the chance to join one of the top four.. It’s humun nature.. like taking a promotion at work.. toon’s job is to persuade Oba, mo, tayls, zog etc to hang around for a year or two… Till we win the league.
    Oba is a legend,.. and will score 20 goals next year.. As pointed out previously, we don’t nessasarly need a target man, as long as the midfield arcatects suite that stlye of play…. Ahem… Aimar, Jonas, Turan

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  • brave new toon

    Jul 16, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Irish Toon,
    I dissagree with previous comment.. I’ve seen Aimar play many times, and am always amazed by the ‘fight’ in the lad.. he’s very slight, but battles like a terrier. you don’t play for the argies 70 odd times by being a tart!

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