Alan Pardew has given a pre=game interview to the official Newcastle web-site, and he certainly seems up for the game against Arsenal tomorrow night.
Great shot of Carver and Pardew watching the training
The game will kick off the season for the fans, who will get a first competitive look at some of our new players, and as Alan says, the new squad may not have the experience of last season, but the lads have more skill, and they are fitter too.
Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux are all set to feature tomorrow in a great opening fixture against Arsenal, and it should b quite a game.
The game is also being televised live around the world and if it’s anything like the fixture in February, it will again be quite a game.
Alan Pardew seems confident ahead of the Arsenal kick-off:
“We have a much younger team this year and I think we will have more energy on the pitch in all areas,” “We perhaps won’t have the depth of experience that we had, but that can be made up for with exuberance and no lack of ability.”
“We think we’ve signed well in the summer, and I think on Saturday our fans will see some new players on the pitch who are going to impress them. I look forward to seeing that group.”
“I had to rebuild a side at West Ham, I had to rebuild my side at Reading, and at Southampton, so I’m well-versed in making sure that mixture is right. It is not complete yet, but by August 31 it will be.”
“I’m looking forward to the first game. It is a huge test for us, of course,” “We are looking forward to what will be a cracking game. Last year’s fixture was perhaps the best game in the Premier League and if it’s anything like that then we are in for a treat.”
“It will be nice to get the action on the pitch, and hopefully people will start talking about that, and that we’ve got a good, young side and good energy.”
“We have a group who are motivated to put on a performance against Arsenal. We know what to expect and we are looking forward to it.”
“There is always change at football clubs – that’s life. Some people don’t like change but it has never bothered me.” “This is a new team, we get on with it, and the one thing I do know is that my staff and my players will be prepared.”
“Physically we are better than we were last year and hopefully we will get a strong result.”
The players have a chance to show the fans tomorrow night that they are good enough and have the requisite team spirit to see Newcastle have another good season in the top flight.
And a top 10 finish next May would see Newcastle on the right track and going in the right direction.
While a win is not out of the question tomorrow, anything but a defeat would be a good start for the side.
Howay The Lads!!