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Mikel Arteta – Newcastle One Of The Biggest Clubs In England

1:11 pm, Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

26 year old Mikel Arteta, who has been at Everton since 2005, seems to have respect for a Newcastle side whose form in the last three years has been very different from that of the very well run Everton club.


Mikel Arteta – heart of the Everton midfield

Mikel, who was signed from Real Sociedad for just £2M, another great Moyes signing, talked today about Newcastle’s three Spanish speaking first team players in Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini:

“I know Jose Enrique, Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez — these people are not bad players,”

“They have proved their quality in Spain and I’m sure they will give Newcastle excellent service.”

“But they have to be given more time to adapt properly to English football.”

And Arteta makes no secret of the fact that Everton come to Newcastle for only one purpose today – all 3 points, as he continued:

“We go to Newcastle with one objective: victory. But playing there is always difficult,”

“I have a lot of respect for them because they are still one of the biggest clubs in England.”

“It’s difficult to understand how they are where they are. They have an excellent squad and in normal circumstances, they would be fighting with us for a European place.”

“But morale is so important in football, and a bad start to the season and changes on the bench have maybe damaged them.”

Truthful words from Mikel, and it will be important for Nicky Butt and Kevin Nolan to win the central midfield this afternoon, and it will not be easy against Mikel, who is pure class.

But that’s just one of the things Newcastle will have to do this afternoon to register the win, which is what Newcastle fans all want to see.

If we do manage the win, listen for a great rendition of The Blaydon Races at the end of the game.

Howay The Lads!!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonmadtom // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    would love him in a black and white shirt

  • 2 619nufc // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Arguably the best free kick taker in BPL

  • 3 Tom1664 // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    How Everton have managed to hang on to him for so long is beyond me, no disrespect to them but he’s good enough for a champions league side.

  • 4 Jan Stavik // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Nice comment by Arteta, we actually have 3 players that are “not bad” 😉

    Hopefully he’ll see some more players that are fairly good today, I’m hoping for Nolan’s first goal and a 1-0 victory to the Toon!

  • 5 NE3 NICK // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    He is the best player outside the top 3. Would love him at NUFC.

    Just off to the match now. I reckon NUFC by the odd goal…

  • 6 toooooonfan // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    2nd best after ryan taylor

  • 7 Leo // Feb 22, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    what makes you say that if we win there will be a rendition of the blaydon races?

  • 8 Ross // Feb 22, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    well if he knows so many of our lads and we’re one of the biggest clubs going, surely he’d rather be playing in the black and white as opposed to blue? ;).
    Agree with most comments, an excellent player. brilliant with dead ball situations like.

  • 9 MarkO // Feb 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM


    Ronaldo is the best

  • 10 Marty-Toon // Feb 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    619 are you off your heed????
    There is no-one even close to Ronaldo….
    Don`t like the guy one bit but he is world class at free kicks.
    Did ya see his goal yesterday?Nicky butt can just dream of hittin a ball like that.

  • 11 chuck // Feb 23, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Been a good player since his Rangers time and will be if he so decides capable of playing for England this summer.
    As for the term BIG CLUB, never really understood it, does it reflect stadia size, trophies won, wealth (selling price) or what ?
    If it`s the latter then NUFC are rated as the worlds 17th. largest club and I believe the PL`s
    6th. largest, still it`s not a true measure and I wish people would`nt use it !

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