Arsène Wenger has praised Newcastle United and their manager Chris Hughton, for an impressive start to our first season back in the Premier League.
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Newcastle were finally relegated in May of last year, but of course the lads came straight back up in style, winning the Championship with 102 points, and 30 wins and only 4 defeats during last season.
And Hughton has even got Newcastle not only starting to win games, but also playing effective and attacking football, that just wiped out their local rivals Sunderland last Sunday by a score of 5-1.
Arsene Wenger praised the Newcastle side today and manager Chris Hughton:
“For a team that came up from the Championship, they are doing extremely well. That’s all I can say. I don’t know what happens internally, but from the outside he has done an outstanding job.”
And the Arsenal manager has also addressed the recent paper talk about Chris Hughton’s job being in danger, even though Newcastle have made more than a decent start to the league season, accumulating 14 points from the first 10 games, including two away wins so far – as many as we achieved throughout our relegation season.
The Arsenal manager says he just doesn’t understand why Chris’ job was ever in jeopardy, as Arsene continued:
“I said when we played them in the Carling Cup that the situation was difficult to understand.” “When you look from the outside, he has done very well.”
“He has confirmed that again on Sunday against Sunderland, and it looks like he has created a style of play that the players are behind and the results are there.”
There’s no doubt that Chris Hughton has improved the Newcastle side enormously since he took over just a short 16 months ago, and the team is now well organized and always looks well coached on the field of play.
And Newcastle fans, including us, are now starting to realize that Chris is not just a stop-gap manager, but has fully earned an improved and long term contract on Tyneside, just by looking at his result.
And we are now hoping that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will be true to his word, and give Chris one before the end of this year.
Wenger greets the Newcastle manager at St. James’ Park last week
Chris Hughton was under a lot of pressure when we played Arsenal at home a week last Wednesday in the Carling Cup, and Wenger seemed to go out of his way to greet Chris before the game, as shown in the photo above.
And lo and behold at one point we thought Arsene was actually going to kiss Chris, but thankfully he didn’t – but it was close. 😀
But seriously, look out for another warm welcome between the two of them on Sunday at the Emirates, and we’ll have to wait and see if Chris can get one over on the Arsenal manager, as he has already done to Chelsea’s great Carlo Ancelotti this season, with that terrific 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup.
But it will not be easy, by any means.