Gabby Obertan played in an unusual position him last Monday night at the Emirates.
Gabriel Obertan – Newcastle still looking to Europe
Obertan played in a five man midfield for Newcastle and Papiss Cisse was left on the bench, but it was surprising to us that Gabby was preferred to Danny Guthrie, who could have played that role too.
In any case the former Manchester United winger was pleased to get the start, and he must be impressing in training to get a starting role in the team, and his workrate was good on Monday night too.
Obertan has done some of the interview duties today, and he still says Newcastle are aiming for Europe:
“We still believe about Europe,” “We will try and make it. Monday was important to that but it is not over.” “We will try to get into the Europa League now because the top four looks unlikely.’ “We want to prove a point at home. We want five wins from five home games.”
“We have to attack Norwich and I hope to be able to play my part.” “We will just take every game as it comes and hopefully we’ll have Europe at the end of the season.”
“It was very disappointing to lose like that against Arsenal. To go one up was excellent and things seemed to be going to plan, but then to concede straight away put us onto the back foot again. That was frustrating.”
“We were a bit unlucky, I felt. To lose that in extra time or added time was very disappointing for us. We left a lot of energy and fight on the pitch so it was very disappointing.”
“We played quite well, but it is a sign of how well we have done that we are disappointed.’ “The gaffer was not angry with us, he said he had nothing bad to say about us or the game afterwards. There were some positives from this game.”
Obertan got his first start for a month last Monday night, but with Newcastle playing 4-4-2 on Sunday at home to Norwich, Gabby may find himself on the bench again.
We would expect the in-form Ben Arfa to start out on right wing in preference to Obertan in what will be an attacking side put out by Alan Pardew this Sunday.
All 10 games remaining are important, but it would be great if Newcastle can get back to their winning ways against Norwich, since we have now gone four games without a win.
A win would take Newcastle to 47 points, one point more than we achieved in all of last season, and we would still have 9 games remaining.
It would be very good to get 15 points out of our last five home games, and that’s not impossible.