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Sissoko Impressed With Arsenal And Their Great Frenchmen

9:51 am, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

There’s an excellent interview in the Daily Mirror today with Newcastle’s new midfield star Moussa Sissoko, who has made an impressive start to his Newcastle career, since he signed last month.

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Moussa Sissoko – scores against Chelsea at St. James’ Park

Moussa has said he was inspired by that great Arsenal side that contained Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira among other excellent French players – and we know Moussa always wanted to play in England, where his physical stature and powerful play seem to have made him an instant success in a Newcastle United shirt.

This is what the 23 year-old said today:

“I have always wanted to play in England. It is the league that suits me the best. “When I was a kid, I was very impressed by Arsenal with all their Frenchmen: Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I was 10 or 11 years old. That team made me dream.”

“They won everything.” “I loved Thierry Henry and above all Patrick Vieira as we played in the same position. He radiated such power. He could cross the whole pitch with the ball at his feet.” “In midfield, he was the boss.”

“Moreover, there was Highbury, with the fans so close to the pitch. I would have loved to play there.” “The Frenchmen who came to Newcastle this winter have adapted very well.” “People are supporting us and you can feel it on the pitch. It has gone off smoothly.”

Sissoko has only played three times for Newcastle so far, but he’s already scored two great goals, and seems to have transformed Newcastle, along with our other new signings, into a very good looking side, and Newcastle are now playing good attacking football.

We hope that can continue – but when you think Newcastle got this lad for a measly £1.8M – compare that to the  £32M paid Lille for Eden Hazard – it makes Newcastle’s scouting system and recruitment strategy look world-class.

Now if we can only turn that great scouting team led by Graham Carr into having a world-class team on the pitch – that would be great.

And certainly the five Frenchmen signed last month – Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – are a very good start – now we need three or more good players signed in the summer,  and we should have a very strong squad for next season.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 achtoon // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I wouldnt play those that were on internationals last week. Sissoko and cabaye looked tired against spurs. Tiote to play so we can see what form he is in. Id also swap taylor for the new lad whos name I’m not even attempting to spell

  • 2 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    It’s definitely worth going to watch the games now. Our squad is exciting. If we sign the players we need in the summer, we’ll be right up there next season. Looking forward to seeing Haidara, Mbiwa, Marveaux and Anita tomorrow night.

  • 3 toon1707 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I personally think we are only a top class striker away from a top 5 team what is going on with Cisse I do not know we all saw last season he has it in there he just needs to find it again I am sure once Ben Arfa is back to help him he will start banging them in again

  • 4 saxonfenken // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I disagree, we should play our best team who are qualified to play, they have a week to recover and if we get a good win can be rested for next Thursdays away game, to be ready for Southampton

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM


    Agree I’ll be there tomorrow. Actually I’ve enjoyed all the European games seeing the different style of play from the Europeans.
    Less pressing of opposition and much better movement off the ball.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Cisse is struggling currently and hasn’t got much help. Gouff could come in for him but he is doing really well out on the left so no sense moving him.

    Hopefully we can add another striker in the summer to improve the team.

  • 7 outsidethebox // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    i think most of the teams put foreward all have the same basis …ie play a strong team …include mbai and hairdrier and try to give some players a break …
    would like to see
    simpson /santon mbai saylor hairdrier
    anita tiote marv gutti
    sissoko cisse..
    with the hope of resting santon tiote sissoko and cisse
    from return fixture…

  • 8 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Cisse has been struggling all season as we have offer little to no service for the lad, but still has an impressive record in front of goal

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    He had little service early on and was wasting the half chances he got.

    The last couple games he has missed a few he should have burried.

    I don’t think there’s much to worry about though, all strikers go through patches where they struggle to hit the net. Happens to the very best of them.

  • 10 Nick 69 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    you cannot blame lack of service for Cisse’s poor form. His all round play has been very poor. Offside FAR too often., and those things have nothing to do with service, and fact is, when he has had the service, he wasted it more often than not. He shoots straight at the keeper all the time which is not good enough. The fact that he is a guaranteed starter and has pretty much no competition for his place doesn’t help either

  • 11 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    He could have had a hat trick against Reading but was thwarted by some world class save’s.

    Just think that Pardew changing last seasons winning formation to accommodate Ba has cost us and has dented his confidence, but as a team we haven’t played well

  • 12 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    raised these points yesterday – how the hell did mr.wenger miss this trick, sissioko would have been great at arsenal and he clearly would have picked them over us if they made a move . . . .bet the top teams are jealous of our scouting system i.e cabaye , ben arfa , sissoko etc.

    in terms of pappis demba rodney cisse i do fear for him , he gets bullied to easily by top defenders especially for neing a lone forward, his pace is not great and he cant really beat a defender with skill and is constantly offside, about 3 or 4 of his goals last season were offside , of course the fans will stick with him , but atm he is the weak link , he is very predictable and defenders now know his game , he hardly strikes fear into any defenders

    also in ter

  • 13 ArtyH // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Bragging about our fabulous scouting system just alerts other top teams to the discovered players availability, and blogs like this and other are a shot in the foot for the toon. This blog and others should shut up about who Mr Carr finds, this should be kept in-house so we can gain by his discoveries.

  • 14 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Nick 69

    Yes he’s been caught offside a lot this season but you have to look at the fact that he playes on the shoulder of the last man loves to run on to passes played through into space for him, he’s made the runs but the quality from our midfield has been very poor and the passes either haven’t come or have been to late and this results in Cisse being caught offside a lot.
    Yes he’s been poor this season but so has everyone else

  • 15 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    @ 13 – we learn through the media who mr.carr scouts , we hardly know him personally , when he is seen at certain matches across europe it then becomes common knowledge

  • 16 Nick 69 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Theres been times when Cisse has been miles offside, and just kept on running.

    He has had PLENTY of service lately and fluffed it. The cross from Debuchy against Reading was a sitter, and he put it straight at the keeper, a couple feet either side and it was in. He done the same against Chelsea when the ball dropped in the box, far to close to the keeper.

    Yes earlier in the season he didn’t have much service, but when he did he blew it. And now he is getting decent service and still missing.

  • 17 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Nick 69

    His confidence has been battered this season, he’s been played out wide which was pointless to say the least, the service coming into him has been substandard, Jonas offer little, Cabaye until coming back from injury was very poor and HBA has missed far too many games, yes he’s been poor himself but so has everyone else in the squad

  • 18 Nick 69 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    and as far as everyone else also being poor, yes they have. But they are all improving as of late, whereas Cisse has shown no signs of getting any better. He needs to be dropped for a while and earn his place back, and Gouffran should be played through the middle in the mean time

  • 19 Nick 69 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    and im not saying we should write him off, or get rid or anything like that before anyone starts. I just think he needs to earn his place as we cannot afford to be carrying people who arent performing at the minute

  • 20 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I agree with the cisse points, theres only so much ‘benifit of the doubt ‘ we can give him , he is missing absoulute sitters and his half chances that he misses arent even going close, ffs shola would have provided more of a all round game than him recently aswell , easily the weak leak , imagine we had , a rooney, persie,suarez ,even defoe or adebayor or dare i say ‘ba’ again , theres a few more strikers i could name but i think im embaressing cisse enough lol

  • 21 JackButler // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Nick 69

    The problem with dropping him is we have no one to come in in his place. Shola is simply not good enough and that leave’s Goufrran as our only other option, Cisse’s confidence has been shot this season and dropping him will only compound that fact, we need to stick with him for the time being. Cabaye is back to his best and HBA is close to returning, plus we now have Gouffran and Sissoko to offer more

  • 22 ArtyH // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    @15 time he wore a mask then.

  • 23 dannyboy // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    indeed artyH , even magic harry hudini has been praising him ! going to have alot of copy cats!

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