Newcastle have received some astonishingly positive press coverage for their miracle in the second half of the game yesterday against Arsenal.
Mike Ashley – no plans to sell the Newcastle club
The lads came back from four goals down after just 25 minutes, and scored 4 goals in the last quarter of the game, and were a little unlucky not to come out winners. It’s interesting to note that in the last 9 home games against Arsenal, Newcastle had scored just 4 goals in total before yesterday’s game.
The Arsenal players were left to blame the referee and anybody else they could think of, and Arsene Wenger blamed whoever was closest to him after the game, but this shows the Arsenal players as lacking character – and it will be a worry to the Arsenal manager for the future.
As it tuned out Manchester United lost their first game in the Premier League later yesterday, when they had a surprising 2-1 loss at Wolves.
But Wenger needs some leaders in the Arsenal side – and they are not getting leadership from Fabregas – at least based on the game yesterday.
Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton ran the game in the second half for Newcastle, and not one Arsenal player stepped up to the plate to stop the Newcastle onslaught in those final 45 minutes.
And even before this amazing result, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had made it clear that he has no plans to sell Newcastle, but rather will spend the cash received for former Geordie idol Andy Carroll, who sadly is less than an idol on Tyneside now.
It seems that Andy’s Idol is the greenback, and that has not gone over well with his fellow Geordies.
Ashley got an amazing £30M in cash paid upfront for Carroll last week, and a 7.5% sell-on clause, which will guarantee Newcastle even more money if the England striker moves on from Anfield in the future.
Ashley is said to have insisted on that clause in the Liverpool deal, and it seems that Newcastle got a really good deal, for a player who has played very few Premier league game sin his career.
But of course the Tyneside club lost their 22 year-old talismatic striker – but only because he wanted to leave if he didn’t get more money to stay on Tyneside – and that made it a little easier for the Newcastle fans to take.
Alan Pardew has been promised transfer funds to buy a striker to replace Carroll in the summer, and there will be other additions made to the squad, in an attempt to strengthen it for next season.
But this is all dependent of Newcastle surviving in the Premier League this season, but the way the lads got their unlikely point today, after they were simply torn apart in that first half, was a joy to watch.
That was for the Newcastle fans only, of course.
Newcastle are now on 31 points from 25 games, and are 7 points above the relegation zone, and need just 3 more points to equal their total in their relegation season of a couple of years ago.
And a win at Blackburn next weekend can get them on that points tally.