Wenger – Newcastle Still In Top Four Battle – Liverpool Are Not

Alan Pardew held his press conference for the West Brom this afternoon at the Benton Training grounds.

Arsene Wenger – has revived Arsenal this year

And if you have a subscription to nufcTV you can now watch the interview, and it last for just under five minutes.

This is some of what Alan had to say to the various questions put to him today and the first about the West Brom game on Sunday:

“It’s a tough game and I think West Brom at home is one of the tough fixtures in the Premiership.”  They’ve had some great results,  and we are very much on our guard to make sure  we get something out of the game.”

“We are pretty much focused on the 9 games that remain.”  We need to finish as well as we’ve been in the first three quarters of the season.” 

“We’ve been excellent, players attitudes and application have been first class.”  “If we can do that in our last 9 game we may surprise ourselves. “

And it looks like Cheick Tiote is only 50-50 for the game, and if he doesn’t make good progress over the next couple of games,  it would not surprise us if young Danny Guthrie gets the start and another chance to impress.

And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks Newcastle are still in with a chance to finish in the top four, although he’s a lot less sure that Liverpool can now make it into a Champions League spot, before the end of the season.

This is what Arsene told Sky Sports today:

“Third is better than fourth, but if you have no choice, you take fourth and the opportunity. Let’s see how it goes now,” 

“I believe Newcastle are still in the fight, as are Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool are maybe too far off, but you never know.”

There’s something very satisfying by Newcastle being five points clear of Liverpool, and maybe it’s because Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique left Newcastle for Liverpool,  so they could get more European competition, at a bigger club.

But it’s now important for Newcastle to stay above Liverpool this season, and of course the game on April 1st at St. James’ Park against The Reds is now a massive game for Newcastle – much like the Manchester United game in early January.

We only  hope we can get a similar performance and result.

And as Alan Pardew says above – we could still surprise ourselves this season.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Mar 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #1

    cheik tiote doesn’t age. He levels up

  • tomtoon7

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #2

    check tiote aint peter pan e is tinkerbell in disguise oh savior where owt thou,did they catch ya? Likin wengers comments, proves sometimes e can talk sense!HWTL.!

  • Dannyo

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #3

    See, at some point, Arsene Wenger + Newcastle = True. But let’s give that a few years yet and see what AP can do.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #4

    If Arsene came to nufc and achieved half of what he has during his arsenal career there would never be any talk of sacking him.

    We nufc fans are sometimes fickle but the abuse Arsene has gotten followed by the sudden reprive is insanity and show that arsenal fans are in my opinion glory grabbing shits.

  • nufc786

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Arsene Wenger + Newcastle = true what does that mean exactly becoz what im thinking sounds impossible

  • nufc786

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #6

    arsenal fans are slightly obsessed with trophies but so many other types of fans are ahead of them as glory supporters like liverfools for example

  • Dannyo

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #7

    MA doesn’t want to spend money, Wenger doesn’t want to spend money = Match made in heaven mate.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Chiek Tiote trims his mo-hawk with a chainsaw

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Italy is Chiek Tiotes football boot

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #10







  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Vukcic/ Abeid, Gosling/Obertan/Shola to have run-in.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #12

    To above. Have to say you are wrong about wenger. I live in north london where everyone is a spuds chelski or gooner and gooners were the ones that stood by wenger at the beginning of the season when they were playing crap. It was all the other top team fans that were saying he’s had it. Gooners always supported him. They just wished hed use the funds available to him


    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Chiek Tiote joined Al-Qaeda as a child because the Boy Scouts just weren’t tough enough.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #14

    i swear i just saw a tumbleweed roll past.

    check this out, cloughy’s guaranteed to brighten up your fri night haha motty takes the ultimate grilling.


  • jakesome

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Too far

  • nufc90

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #16

    lgfuad21 i live down the same way and know so many fans who wanted wenger out, there are those loyal to him but more and more were turning until recently. disgrace the lack of respect he gets really

  • Darkstar

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Hey people, first time posting on this blog.
    Always loved Wenger love the way he manages Arsenal. I like how he actually gives NUFC some actual credit unlike everybody else…

    On an unrelated note, do you guys think it would be worth having a punt at getting Royston Drenthe at the end of the season? I really rate the lad reckon he would add some flare into the squad and strength in depth too.

  • Cissetional

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Nah I work at the Emirates and most of the Arsenal fans have been hating on him all season until the Spurs game, and even then i cant tell you how many of them left once they went 2-0 down…

    Horrible supports, there well and truly loved up again now though.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Steve Harper has been named as a substitute more times (315) than anyone else in Premier League history


  • Toonboy_84

    Mar 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Interesting stat that is dannyo. He has been a great servant for us. I hope he gets a coaching role of some sort when he hangs his gloves up. Proper professional and bloke.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Cheik tiote tears can cure cancer….. Too bad he never cries

  • check the toastie

    Mar 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Team that Pardewasaurus picks 2moro, totally inept of any creativity, 442 Krul Simpson Willo Collo Perch Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Jonas Ba Cisse, still gud enough to win though, wouldnt be surprised to see Benny dropped as he had the audacity to try and keep the ball in dangerous positions last week,

    Pardew prefers the hoof up field, squeeky bum management.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Just woke up thinking it was Sunday and one of those very very rare occasions where you don’t know any results before watching MOTD,then as I searched for the remote the hangover started to kick in then I realised it was still saturday.Doh 🙁

  • gaz 44

    Mar 24, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #24

    check if he carrys on running round wi ball in our area he should be dropped.. what was worse is willo tried it after and whereas hba is so skilful he will get away with if for 7/10 times willo has the ball control of a grape

  • check the toastie

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Gaz, true, benny did take a bit of a chance, however quite clear that no one offers if we in and around our own box and as such we just give the ball back, cant blame Arfa for Willo being dog poo, that dawdling last week was unreal.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Some stats for tomorrow’s game,they don’t read well for us but let’s hope at Tiote is fit n he will tear them a new one 🙂

    West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United

    Newcastle have picked up 999 points in the Premier League era.

    Newcastle have given away more penalties than any other team in the Premier League (9).

    There have been 35 goals scored in the last eight meetings in all competitions between West Bromand Newcastle and neither side has managed a clean sheet in that run.

    West Brom have lost just one of their last five Premier League games (W3 D1 L1), while Newcastle have won just one of their last five (W1 D2 L2).

    The Baggies have lost none of the last six games in all competitions against the Magpies (W3 D3 L0).

    Newcastle have lost six of their last nine Premier League away games (W2 D1 L6).

    Danny Simpson has cleared more shots off the line than any other Premier League player (6).

    Demba Ba has scored four goals in two appearances against West Brom.

    Peter Lovenkrands has scored in all four of his league appearances against West Brom, three in the Premier League and one in the Championship.

    Some Tchoyi has scored four goals in two Premier League games against Newcastle, while Peter Odemwingie has netted three in two matches against the Tynesiders.

  • gaz 44

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #27

    not blaming arfa for it my point was meant to be if he drops benny he gotta drop willo for it.. plus willo is very poor….. id rather he put it into row z and give ball away to be honest thou

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Marty toon
    Was there any need for all that I WAS in a good mood.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail for Ashley
    Ah now,didn’t mean to start your day on a downer.
    Tough game all the same but if we get Benny on the ball and Tiote plays it’ll help
    Although if Tiote
    Doesn’t make the game then we will be ok as our defence will do ok I reckon and we could do ok n get some points

  • rossrich

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Cheik Tiote is Chuck Norris’s secret love child 😉


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