We know Arsene Wenger has a place is in his heart for Newcastle United and the fans because, like Sven-Goran Eriksson, he’s often talked about the great support at Newcastle, and the atmosphere generated at St. James’ Park.
Arsene Wenger – Newcastle can still survive
But Arsene is also realistic about the plight Newcastle find themselves in, and it’s not going to be easy to survive. The longer it goes, the worse things things will get, as players will start to worry about indeed being relegated.
And with Chelsea next on the agenda, Newcastle will not get the win they really need anytime soon, and will probably have to wait at least until the following game at Stoke, where 3 points could get the side back on track.
It looks like Newcastle will need 4 wins in their last 8 games to survive, but given that we have just one win in our last 14 games, that’s going to require a real improvement in form from the Magpies side, which may not be forthcoming.
Anything but a win at Stoke, and things will become real doom and gloom on Newcastle – and even more so than they are right now.
Arsene had this to say about Newcastle’s chances:
“I think that from what I have seen in the first half they will get out of it but the longer the situation lasts the more difficult it is,”
“I wish that Newcastle stay in the League because I like the people here and I like the consistency of support.
“But it will be very close because they have eight games left. They have the quality but they need some results. From what I have seen today they have enough quality to stay up.”
In other words we could do it, but it will be touch and go.
Who would ever have thought last August, that we’d be in this position now, and there are many at the Newcastle club, who are responsible for the plight we are in right now, that’s for sure.
The players also have to take responsibility, as Newcastle have one of the highest wage bills in the Premier League – so how come we’re third bottom?
But we’ll live in hope that the lads can pull us away and we can survice once again.
Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.