Top Arsenal Midfielder Massive Doubt For Newcastle Game

Luck may be coming back to Newcastle,  as Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta was substituted in added time in the 4-1 win against Wigan last night – that sent Wigan down to the Championship and made Sunderland safe.

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Mikel Arteta – serious doubt for Newcastle game

Arteta  picked up a calf injury, and it’s very doubtful he will be fit for the game at St. James’ Park on Sunday. = so that’s good new for the Magpies.

This is what Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had to say after the game last night:

“Arteta is not alright,” “Arteta pulled his calf, so that could be a problem for Sunday. We don’t know, we have to wait 24 hours. He will be a massive doubt for Sunday.”

“I am confident, because we have experience. Because we play for a long time now under massive pressure and have always found solutions for the problems we’ve faced, so I’m confident.”

“It’s sad that Wigan are going down, because they are a good team. They play good football and is an intelligent team, with good players, if they stay together they will certainly come up again.”

Arteta has been one of Arsenals’s best players in their fine run of late – in the nine games they have played since losing 2-1 at White Hart Lane on March 3rd, they have won seven and drawn two – so they are due a defeat.

And we remember the last time a good player missed playing at St. James’ Park recently – and that was when Luis Suarez was banned – and my arm just start to hurt. 😀

The truth is that our players owe the fans a top class performance against a top class team,  and Sunday is a perfect opportunity  to end a terrible season and go out with a win – and we could finish up around 12th place depending on the other results.

Sounds good to us.

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139 comments so far

  • Guj NUFC

    May 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Would anyone countinue to play williamson at CB when we play arsenal? Their pace is a major threat and I would feel more comfortable with M’biwa in the middle to be honest.

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Ive just heard from a friend that we r going after prem experience over age now we r going after Lescott, Kolo, Sagna, Osman, Spearing, Carroll, Bent, and prob more but all uk based and more exp anyone heard anything about this?

  • Novocastrian66

    May 15, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Hazzy I would be amazed if we signed any of those, besides Carroll or Spearing. The days of us signing has beens is over.

  • lesh

    May 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #4

    HAZZY1 – nope

  • lesh

    May 15, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #5

    HAZZY1, Sage is yet man, he’ll give the heads up

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Novo I thought that but after pardew saying we need more squad depth I think he may get more older players to let the kids have loans away for a yr ive heard lots of names but the one’s i want Caulker, Huddlestone, Rhodes, Austin, Maguire, Bridcutt?

  • Thump

    May 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #7

    @Guj NUFC: If Haidara or Santon aren’t available, we may not have any choice. Saylor may have recovered from his illness by then so it might be Willo back on the bench. In all honesty, though, he shocked me with his performance against QPR so I wouldn’t really have an issue with it!

    @HAZZY1: I’ve heard the same from fairly reliable people (which was actually confirmed by Indykaila). The two names that keep popping up are Sagna and Carroll. Couldn’t give a toss about Spearing or Osman, though.

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Redmund, Sinclair, Brahimi, Bouldbouz, Sakho, Sane, id love most of these but none will join under pardew.

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Thump ive heard alot of names most over the age of 27 but im not sure any would came here knowing what pardew has done to our team of internationals now they look like sunday afternoon football.

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #10

    hazzy kolo unless its spelt with a c = no
    lescott =no
    sagna = no
    osman = no
    bent = no
    spearing = no
    carroll = yes if the price is right and i’d welcome it

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, you are right – we ARE owed a top class performance against a top class team. Do you truly believe that Pardew can actually deliver it?

    We probably have the best squad since Sir Bobby, maybe even KK’s “Entertainers”!! Can Pardew use the talent at his disposal and give them a game-plan to take the Arse to the cleaners?

    I have no doubt that we have the players to take on and actually beat Arse nil at SJP. Whether they will be set up for the win; to take the game to Arsenal, to play them in their own half; to run at them, upset them, harry them is open to debate.

    Pardew has absolutely NOTHING to lose by going flat out for the win, allowing the players the freedom to do what they do best – play football. I wonder if sending Pardew to watch Man City would provide our players the freedom to express themselves in the last game of the season.

    After all – we have absolutely NOTHING to lose!! Just go for it!!

  • Novocastrian66

    May 15, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey, who knows. Tried to load an article about Pardew hinting at a change to our transfer policy. Have to say I don’t believe he has any say in our transfer policy.
    I think we should continue with our current plan, we do not want to revert to buying players with their best days behind them.
    If Pardew tries to dictate transfer policy it may be the end of him. After all Ashley wouldn’t let Keegan do it.

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Novo im hoping thats what he does and MA tells him to sling his hook lol I keep hearing Bent’s name alot im not sure about him he is hot and cold but can be amazing?

  • Novocastrian66

    May 15, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Bent. Ex Sunderland. Enough said.

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #15

    on this “internationals” thing
    it doesn’t matter a jot at club level and “internationals” can range from zidane to carlton effin palmer so to use it asan argument you really need to be much much more specific i even heard the ex wigan manager on sky sports (forgot his name) saying wigan still had “internationals” in the defence!!!!

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Novo I know that but if he can score 15+ goals I dont care were he played before esp as we don’t have anyone else defenders know cisse can’t score if u mark him tight as he has no skill or pace Carroll and Rhodes would be a good double act with Bent from the bench once the defence get’s tired.

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Id play cisse as a second st then can’t get caught offside and can score from range like he like’s to do he is not a target man at all once he goes to Dotmund under a great manager and good team he will score for fun.

  • Jackel001

    May 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #18

    I would like Osman, he’s always been a player that gives everything, Carroll defo, Spearing not a chance, Sanga since he broke his leg he hasn’t been the same but I wouldn’t turn him down, Bent…no way.

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #19

    hazzy so you’d rather spend good money on bent who’s what 30-31
    than carroll or rhodes?? i’ve also heard where in for austin from the sun may the 2nd god knows if its true? but prob not cause he isn’t

  • Novocastrian66

    May 15, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Cisse definitely needs a partner. He is like Andy Cole who had Beardsley pulling the strings for him while he was with us and Yorke at Manure.
    You only need to see the impact he makes when Marveuax is picking him out. We need someone like those to get the best out Cisse. Trouble is Pardew won’t play Marveaux and he is prone to injury.

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #21

    no skill!!? i bet quite a few prem defenders would disagree wit ya there man cisse’s “skill” is getting in the positions to score and if you think the wonder goals aint skill then what are you on lol?

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #22

    novo cabeye n arfa were doing it last season and the very few good games that marveaux has played this season has done the same but this season there has been no consistancy through form injuries and positions but i dont hold anything against cisse even the offsides he should have scored at least 4 goals legally and for me as a single striker he has worked and ran his heart out maybe to early a few times but thats what he’s supposed to do run of the shoulder of the last defender the midfield and defense have been more problimatic this season!
    433 for me is the way forward we just need a speedy lf

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #23

    manxpie Yes he scored really good goals but that was instinct not skill if has the ball at his feet can his feet can he dribble past players no can run with the ball no he passes he is a great finisher but not a mobile striker who knows how to make the right moves he gets lucky alot with the decisions but this yr he has been caught out I still love the guy for what he has done the goals will live with me for ever but id rather have a mobile striker that can make his own goals thats all im saying.

  • Sav

    May 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #24

    What the heck is a ‘Massive’ doubt?
    Are there big and small doubts now? Its still just a doubt.
    But pleeeze, Ed. – No more tabloid-speak.

  • Dondatta13

    May 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Some additions I’d like to see at SJP:-

    Diame (release clause?) would be a good edition to our squad.

    Sinclair from City (does he want game time?)

    Younès Belhanda, how much would he cost us?

    Yacine Brahimi Silky skills, again don’t know how much he would cost though.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, yes please.

    Carroll If it means that we don’t see Shola in the team shirt again.

    Plus a solid CB and I would forgive this seasons hiccup/burp lol

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Novo Cisse needs to learn the offside rule then he will be fine I get so annoyed watching him knowing he is looking at the ball before he gets the pass rather than looking at the defenders to c who has stepped up he tries his best but I just wish he would have learned by now he would be a 20+ goal every yr ive no doubt about that.

  • jimmysmith

    May 15, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Call me old fashioned, call me pedantic, but this “east end barow boy” speak, Pards lapses into has to go.

    We know he’s a working class cockney made good. All credit to him. But now he’s the manager of an internationally renowned North East of England football club with a distinctive and unique culture to be proud of.

    It’s an embarrassment all together and easy fixed. Just stop it, please Alan.

  • manxpie

    May 15, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #28

    hazzy fair enough but for me he’s a very mobile striker the only problem is the linesmen n women aren’t mobile enough lol
    i know what ya mean n i’d love another bellamy type along side him but i think him, arfa n another left sided forward like pea or remy he’d be amazing!
    he’s had alot of shit this season like most from the “fans”!

    i notice catchy aint said anything since i asked him a few questions!!????????
    maybe he’s busy again moving house or them normal time consuming things like wiping the shit from your mouth!!
    or maybe he’s on another blog arguing some more??
    and prob not a footy 1!!!??

  • Novocastrian66

    May 15, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Hazzy, agree about offsides. Sometimes though I believe it’s because the pass is not made early enough. That’s why we need players with the ability to slip him in early.
    Cabaye definitely has the ability but is played too deep. One way Pardew can improve next season is to get Cabaye further forward.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 15, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #30

    some people here say that keeping pardew will bring stability and with increasing squad strength we will improve but I think that’s bullishit just because with pardew being our manager even if you bring 10 more international players he won’t play them instead give guti and other more chance just like he did it to anita and marveux so first we need to get rid of pardew and sell guti

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #31

    some people here say that keeping pardew will bring stability and with increasing squad strength we will improve but I think that’s bullshit just because with pardew being our manager even if you bring 10 more international players he won’t play them instead give guti and other more chance just like he did it to anita and marveux so first we need to get rid of pardew and sell guti

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #32

    He will start with 4 DMs in midfield. Welcome to Pardewland.

  • Greebol1892

    May 15, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #33

    With Simpson leaving, why not take Stam from Wigan? Good tackler, pacy, and very good going forward. We need better cover than relying on Santon to switch or even Perch/MYM/S Taylor having to go RB.

  • El Sleeve

    May 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #34

    no adaptability and flexibility. a footballing philosophy of an underdog. tyhis is not NUFC.

    such a crying shame some fans just accept this mediocrity/drivel in the name of stability.

    very sad

    pards will never be a fegie or a moyes, comparisons are totally unjustified.

  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #35

    @roshan is that not a little unfair? Sheer speculation and sensationalist pardew hating claptrap
    @8788 as much as he’s been tactically cack this year that is just silly

  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #36

    @34 I agree with you. Pardew will likely never be a very good manager. I just think some of the things said on here are ott

  • bills-son

    May 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #37

    One of the decisions I’d take this summer is to sell Cisse.

    He is an out and out goalscorer and contributes little else to the team – very similar to Hernandez at ManU. Not one of the top teams in the Prem or the likes of Barca. Real Madrid, Bayern, plays with a striker who can’t hold the ball up no matter how many goals they are capable of scoring. Thats why Hernandez spends most of his time on the bench.

    Signimg Carroll to ‘knock the ball down’ for Cisse is going back to the dark ages and is so predictable its laughable.

    The more I look at what went wrong this season the more I see how Cisse playing out wide for one half and through the middle on his own without being able to hold the ball up has been a big factor.

    We desperately need strikers who can hold the ball up and work the channels and whilst I’d sign AC for the right price it wouldn’t be to pair him with Cisse. If that happens I can see us being a one dimensional team from day one of next season.

  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #38

    @Roshan also you’re saying if 10 internationals were brought in they’d still have Jonas picked ahead of them like Anita and nouveaux. How many caps do Anita and nouveaux have?

  • El Sleeve

    May 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #39

    some of the things on here are ott but most are based on facts. then u have posters like manx balancing it out.

    also, the posts on here are nothing compared to the tripe on some of the fb groups saying how great pards is for getting us to 5th last year.

    why rely on ben arfa and cabaye for brilliant moments? why not have a team of brilliant players playing brilliantly, not just a couple of individuals?

    bartca have individual brilliance, but brilliant team also. bayern all play brilliantly. why can’t we?

    oh yea, coz someone tells nthe team tyo defend the entire 2nd half and invites needless pressure on themselves.

    we should be looking to annihilate a team like QPR and not just secure a result.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #40

    El Sleeve,
    Comparing Moyes to Ferguson is equally laughable. Everton were more successful in the 11 years prior to Moyes, winning 2 trophies. Under Moyes 11 trophyless years. 2(?) Champions League qualifications, the rest of the time 7/8th or 14-17th. If that is success, then Pards has been very successful here as well. Moyes is massively overrated.

    Another manager being touted around on here, Martinez is blaming there injuries for the fact they have gone down saying this has been their best season in terms of performances but injuries cost them. That excuse sound familiar?

    Finally, Pardew moans about chopping and changing in the early stages of Europa, what is the point of increasing squad depth if he now sees rotating players as one of the problems? We will just end up with more unhappy players if this is how his view has evolved. Chopping and changing is fine, as long as you know how to do it, and when to do it. Pards seems clueless.


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