Pardew – There’s No Reason We Can’t Win Again At Arsenal

There’s no doubt that Arsenal are in good form at the moment.

Robin van Persie – danger to Newcastle

The Gunners have won their last four league games, hammered Tottenham 5-2 in the process, and then beat AC Milan last Tuesday 3-0 in the Champions League, and almost came back after their 4-0 trouncing in the first leg in Milan.

Newcastle visit the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, and in their minds will be the two five goal hammerings the lads have taken on their last two trips to London,  at Fulham and Tottenham.

A danger to Newcastle will be the in-form striker and Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie, who has 25 Premier League goals this season and 32 goals in all competitions.

And would you believe Manchester City have expressed an interest in buying the Dutchman for over £55M in the summer.

How can Manchester City keep spending money they don’t have, after they lost over £190M in the last financial year, and the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules are coming in over the next couple of seasons?

With clubs going belly up like Rangers, you would think the authorities would look into this, and hopefully before Manchester City announce they have lost £240M in the next financial year.

You have to think they’ve already found some way around the new financial rules, and the way some football clubs are run financially these days is simply beyond belief.

But back to Arsenal,  and Alan Pardew was asked about the London  side yesterday:

“I just think they are a good side. The ethos of what they do is admired throughout the world.”  “For us, it’s about going there and trying to stop them being at their best and winning.”

“That’s something we did last year. We defended very well there last year and nicked a goal.”  “We rode our luck many, many times in that game, but got the win, and there’s no reason we can’t do that again.”

It’s no secret that Newcastle  owner Mike Ashley is copying the Arsenal strategy of building on youth, and creating home made players after buying them for peanuts from the French leagues,  and the results of that strategy are starting to pay off.

But whether Newcastle are good enough to give a top form Arsenal side  a tough game tomorrow night in London we don’t know, but we do want to see the lads going all out for the win.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Good, i’ve been missing this winning mentality in the talk up against Arsenal.
    Get the winning mentality that we had at the start of the season again.
    We ARE able to do this, give them a good shock to their system and us something to brag about.
    We know how well we can play on a good day.


    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    A lot depends on how the referee plays the game!

    Are we going to be the victim again of some dodgy off-side decisions! Are the gunners going to be awarded a dodgy penalty decision during the game!

    Not really expecting us to win this one but at least we have another ten games to go afterwards! A draw would be nice! But don,t hold your breath!

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    No reason we can’t win this.
    We’ll need loads of luck and heroic defending again.

    Ba and Cisse have goals in them.
    So we can always score.
    Obertan on the right might be a good outlet to relieve pressure.

  • LewSpi

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal are going to be brimming with confidence, hopefully too much confidence. I think complacency might well affect them tomorrow. Walcott and Chamberlain took knocks on tuesday as well, anybody know if they’re gonna be fit?

    Geoff777, did you go to the reserve derby on Tuesday? I have a feeling you might change your decision in Obertan if you’d seen him play. Literally, useless.

    And that’s from a guy who actually wants to see him do well.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    If,according to Pards we went on the attack at Spurs I think a defensive approach might be wise at the Emirates.

  • LewSpi

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    On Thursday**

  • Beattie25

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    When pardew says we are going to try and stop their game it doesn’t fill me with confidence.

    It sounds a bit defensive to me, we should go there and play our own type of football rather than setting up to stop them. It is with this statement I really believe Benny will only be an impact sub if we are still in the game.

    Hope I’m wrong and being overly unconfident!

  • cestriasteve

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Arsenal too strong in midfield in my opinion, would be good to see Ryan Taylor back at FB and Jonas covering which was so successful at the start of the season. Pivotal game for us this month should be WBA away and after Liverpools performance yesterday we shouldnt be afraid of them.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I think away from home you should attack! Against tottenham our mentality was right but the formation and tactics was shown to be wrong after 6 minutes!

    Attack arsenal with a 4-5-1 and if we get beat at least we had a go and we can all be proud.

    We will not get anOther result like last year so we may as well go for it.

    I would hate a stubborn 1-0 defeat but wouldn’t mind an attacking 2-0/3-1/4-2 defeat. Is that just madness?

  • LewSpi

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    The best way to beat Arsenal is just to continuously close them down. As soon as they have the ball, put pressure on and break up their play. It’s when you sit off them that they punish you, for example AC Milan, first leg they attacked and went for the win and won 4-0, second leg they sat off and tried to defend their lead and lost 3-0.

    Two things we need to ensure in order to get a good result, a deep defensive line (or one that’s very in tune for offside trap), and to close them down very quickly.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think there’s any shame in defeat as long as you play well,it’s losing the way we did against Fulham Spurs and Brighton that really pi**es you off.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    I would say the best way to beat them would be to score more goals than them or concede less.

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13


    No I can’t get to matches, I live in the mountains inland from the Costa del Sol, Spain.

    Obertan is young, hopefully he’ll be coached to make better decisions. Give him two seasons.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Do you get access to the games that aren’t on Skysports in the UK over in Spain

  • LewSpi

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    JfA, shall we call that plan b?

    Geoff, I see ha. Yeah I always like to see players given a chance, but for a player who has played in the champions league, you’d have expected him to dominate a game against what was essentially Sunderland u18s, yet he didn’t. Always tried to do to much, fell over his own feet countless times and eventually got subbed. It wasn’t good to see. Ha.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Oba took a lot of stick at the start of the season and I think rightly so,his main defenders were people who cant make it to games for whatever reason,and if as you say he cant turn it on against a young reserve team maybe the lad just hasn’t got what it takes,Pards wont be the first or last manager to make a wrong decision on a player.

  • NorseToon

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    If we run more than Arsenal on monday I think we’ll take it. I say we do a 5man midfield. Need to put pressure on Rosiscky as he seems to be hitting top form.

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #18

    @Jail for Ashley

    No, there was a Spanish satellite channel that showed a Saturday afternoon game a couple of seasons ago but that’s either gone or become pay-per-view.

    I watch all the matches on the internet. We have a 3Mb connection that is okay for browser matches and some Sopcast.

    On Obertan, he does look like a headless chicken and makes some poor decisions. I believe he’s 21.
    He may be a different player at 23-4.
    He was a straight swap financially for Routledge so it was worth a gamble.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Interesting take on Arsenal and you might be right.

    But if you close your opponent down you usually employ a high a defensive line; both because of the offside trap and because you want to be tight.

    Nothing worse than too far a distance between defense and midfield and midfield and attack 🙂

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes there is Alan,



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