Newcastle Part Of Big Seven – Wenger Refuses To Rule Out Magpies


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out Newcastle United for  a top four place.

Arsene Wenger – hailing taxi to 4th place

Newcastle are 8 points behind 4th placed Arsenal, and that’s really 9 points when you consider how inferior our goal difference is,  compared to the other teams above us.

And with Arsenal’s last minute win against Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night, Arsenal are now 3 points above Chelsea and just one point behind Tottenham in 3rd place.

There’s really no way that Newcastle can now make 4th place, unless we win all of our last 10 games of the season (we wish), but it’s complimentary of Wenger to suggest Newcastle can still get into 4th position.

This is what Arsene Wenger said today,  when he was asked if  it was between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal – all London clubs – for 4th position:

“It’s too early to say that,”  “I wouldn’t completely rule out Newcastle nor Liverpool.”  “Of course the most obvious battle is between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal but you have to wait two or three games.”

“There are 10 games to go, but three games ago we were 10 points behind Tottenham.”  “Things can change quickly. You just want to be focused on your next game and give everything.”

“It is both more exciting and more difficult,” “I believe it’s promising for next season because the teams will be stronger again so it promises to be an even more exciting championship.”

Chelsea are coming into some form at the moment,  as new manager and former Chelsea player, Robero Di Matteo,  has relied on the experience of players like Frank  Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole, since he took over from fired manager,  Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea had a magnificent last 16 victory on  Wednesday  night in the Champions League, when they beat Naples after extra time by 4-1, and finally won the tie 5-4,  after being 3-1 down after the first leg in Italy.

Newcastle will be strengthening their squad in the summer, and with say four or five top players coming in and some dead-wood being moved out,  Newcastle should have a much improved squad for  next season.

Maybe we can then make an effort to go for a Champions League position next season?

It’s exciting to even think about it.

Comments welcome.



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123 comments so far

  • Jonny

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    RVP has gone down in my estimations as a person. As a player undoubtedly quality but for me the best out and out striker in the world right now is Mario Gomez.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Wonder what the early odds are for Newcastle to finish top 4 next season.. am guna put £5 on top 4.. £5 on winning league and £5 Double on League cup win and Europa League final position

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    GT89…Probably at least £10 down the toilet there 🙂

    Jonny…I used to really like RVP, but after the game I can’t stand to look at him or read about him…. tw@!

    Pretty sure the 4th spot is gone for this season, the other teams around us are finally finding some form and well, we haven’t. Still think we can push for Europa League

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I think if we pull it out and play every game like the second half against Scum we can really make a stab at attacking Chelsea.

    I just hope we end up above Liverpool

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    GT89 – I dont know the price but I would predict that you will lose £15 from that stake!!!!! 😉

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Vuckic not returning to Cardiff lads, due to us having 3 new injuries in the squad currently….

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    LFG….seems an odd ambition, but i’m with you at this point…just want to finish above Liverpool. If we can finish higher than Chelsea that would be great…most of my friends are Chelsea fans and it would give me so much joy to rub their noses in it 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo…New injuries as in one’s we don’t know about yet?

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  • markmac

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    @2 we wish! but unless you own a tardis and know something we dont then i cant see it happening unfortunatly! would be nice though !! HWTL

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Would love to finish above the bin dippers, Jose thought he was moving to a “big club” only for us to out place them in the league? would be the ultimate “f**k you Enrique” even though I liked him haha

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    @ibiza
    Well, if it’s in the midfield that would be the only reason to keep Vuckic in Newcastle.
    Raylor and Tiote maybe? Possibly Simmo? The presser has been held and the journous has said nothing about injuryies on twitter.
    McKay, manager of Cardiff, said that we had 3 new injuries that we hadn’t taken into account, or else Vuckic would’ve been allowed to stay at Cardiff towards the end of the season.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Look at Erik Pieters wiki picture do yous not think he looks abit like Stevie T just on the view that the picture gives haha

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Pieters

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Fair enough. Injuries before Norwich brings back horrible memories 🙁

    Hopefully not serious injuries and they’ll be back after this game. If they’re injured my team for Norwich.

    —————-Krul——-

    Santon—-Willo—-Collo—-Fergie

    ——–Guthrie——Cabaye—–

    —-HBA——Obertan/Ba—–Gutti

    —————-Cisse————

    Bench….Elliot, Perch, Gosling, Vuckic & Ameobi

    Get the feeling I’m missing someone?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    My predictions

    Norwich- 3 pts
    West Brom- 3 pts
    Liverpool- 1pt (hope for 3 but im being conservative)
    Swansea- 0 pts
    Bolton 3 pts
    Chelsea 0 pts
    Stoke 1/3 pts
    Wigan 3 pts
    Man City 0/1 pt
    Everton 0/1pt

    About 15 more points this season at least I reckon

    Gives us 59 pts for the season. By last years standards thats about 5/6th place.

    Liverpool have not really hit form at all.
    Chelsea have a tough run of games coming up (City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool? compared to us.
    Unfortunately Liverpool have a very easy run of games. And on top of their win over Everton have a great chance to build momentum

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    GT89…Scarily similar

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Are Liverpool still in the FA Cup?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Im guessing injuries are to Simmo and Tiote.

    If so my squad would be

    Santon Willo Colo Raylor
    Cabaye Perch
    Hba Guthrie/Vuckic Jonas
    Ba

    We will need Perch’s defensive ability to help the back 4 out. BUt whoever is in the hole must provide support for jonas in this case.

    Woulde put Fergie in at LB over Raylor. Or is Raylor injured?

    Not sure about Fergie as a defender yet

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Yep beat brighton didnt they Ibiza

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  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #19

    James Perch has the hardest shot in the team…maybe play him the hole?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Robby Bobson

    He did at Forrest in his very early days and was alright there. Thats the position he came through academy in

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #21

    LFG…Ah yes…I remember now. Hopefully the cup distraction for Liverpool will help us with the run in.

    Robby…Can’t recall a Perch shot…at all

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  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    I was joking by the way…he does have the hardest shot though, Raylor second.

    They did a thing on NUFCTV.

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  • Vask

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    I heard perch shoot on the radio once, commentators said it was rather powerful.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon in Perch we have a Clint Dempsey in disguise. I’d give him a crack in the hole, for some reason I believe he has some sort of gift no one has ever seen.

    Can you imagine Perchy bullying defenders.

    Anyways put my bets on for this weekend.

    Predicted Newcastle to win 3-2 (just because the odds were decent .

    Also put a quid on HBA scoring first. Because the odds are 10/1 which i find bizarre. You get worse odds on Shola scoring

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Can yous not remember a few weeks back possibly last month.. Perch came on and took a shot from about 35/40 yards was a proper screamer and it was either an awesome save or just over the bar

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  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Well he tried Obertan in the hole, so wouldnt rule anything out!

    Reckon Hatem could rip Norwich apart if we keep the ball on the floor, can easily see him scoring sunday. Doubt we’ll keep a clean sheet, so we going to need it.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Am going to put a £1 on Ben Arfa to score a Hat-Trick its 100/1…. Ba is 25/1

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Ba and Holt both to score is 13/2 thats cracking odds

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  • BringBackTav

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #29

    If both Tiote and Simpson do not recover from their knocks and Raylor returns then I personally would go with something like this. The only problem is against Norwich, who have shown they can punish us, I don’t see much of a place for HBA. It may be worth a shot to hand Vuckic another start too in place of Perch.

    __________Krul____________
    Santon Willo Colo Raylor(Fergie)
    ______Perch Cabaye
    Obertan(HBA) BA Jonas
    ________Cisse___________

    This may be a bit too attacking with many many offensive players but it could be the best we have available.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d put perch in the hole. The hole 6 feet under.

    Only joking of course

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Bringbacktav

    You numpty, how can you even consider dropping benny?

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Bringbacktav instantly heads into my ‘don’t even bother to read’ black list of bloggers whose posts I shall never bother to read.

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  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #33

    BringBackTav @28 – I like your team but would play HBA – if we can’t play an attacking team against Norwich at home then we may as well give up now.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #34

    If ppl don’t make it I’d like to see this team

    Krul
    Perch willo colo santon
    Hba abeid cabaye jonas
    Ba
    Cisse

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Beattie…That list must be getting pretty long now?

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  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibizatoon @34 Yes it only takes him 30 seconds to read the whole blog 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Always quite liked Wenger as long as hes not doing post match interviews then he is a right helmet

    Oh and Ranger wants another shot in the NUFC first team? Must be that time of the week again that he tried to convince people he is a PL footballer in order to get out of a charge

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Martoon and ibizatoon

    I bet your posts are really funny, unfortunately you are both on my list so I don’t know what they say.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Martoon…sarcasm like that will get you straight to the top of the list 😉

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    My Preference:

    __________Krul____________
    ___Santon Willo Colo Fergie___
    _________Abeid__________
    Obertan Cabaye HBA Jonas____
    _________Cisse___________

    Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Vuckic, Perch, Shola, Knight, Kadar

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