If We Beat Stoke – Arsenal Game Will Be Really Really Interesting


We watched the Arsenal Chelsea game last night, and quite honestly neither team looked particularly great, and Arsenal in particular seem to have gone off the boil a little bit recently, so that may be good news for Newcastle, because we welcome the Gunners to St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, in the early kick-off game in the final game of  what has been a turbulent year for the club.

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Arsene Wenger – brings his Arsenal team to Tyneside next Sunday

And we suppose the game on Sunday is between the teams managed by the two longest-serving managers in the Premier League – and one is Arsene Wenger, who has seventeen and a half years with the Gunners after being appointed in August, 1996 from  Japanese club Nagoya Grampus,  to take over from the sacked Bruce Rioch.

And Alan Pardew is the other with – would you believe – just over three years with Newcastle, after he was appointed on December 7th, 2010 to take over from the fired Chris Hughton.

Alan Pardew talked today about his players this season, who are doing everything he asks of them at the moment:

“The type of manager I am, I’ve always been super positive with my teams. I had to build their ego in terms of what they can achieve.”

“We did that brilliantly and you need great confidence to do that. We also went to Man United and played a different game and got our reward.”

“This team is becoming a team that can handle different platforms and therefore as a manager it gives you great confidence.” “We have got great collective confidence.”

“If we can beat Stoke I do think that Arsenal game will be really, really interesting for a lot of people.”

Winning is always important in football, however teams  can achieve it, because it gives  players confidence, and it also creates the right mind-set that winning each game is the ultimate goal, whether things are difficult or easy during a game.

And heaven knows what would happen if we manage to beat Stoke City and then beat Arsenal in our next two games, but at least that’s a possibility –  if Newcastle can play as well as the lads played in London last Saturday.

Wonder where we’d be in the Premier League if we did get six points from our next two games and we’d have won eight of the last ten games. 😀

But we mustn’t get carried away, otherwise we’ll have Alan Pardew after us. :D.

What do you think?

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92 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Last boxing day 4-3 against MUFC
    2011 – 2-0 against Bolton

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Afternoon all
    Kevy I understand a bit of frustration with remy but we know of no true facts yet regarding whether he will or wont sign for nufc. Do you really think a player reading comments like yours is in the best interest of the club.
    Im not having a go pal but telling somebody to f off back to London where hes raped people I find bang out of order. If the bloke has committed a crime then fair play hang the dude but innocent till proven guilty ????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    So a great run of form in WC year and a lot of people start forgetting how Mike Ashleys idiotic attitude towards his paying customers nearly had us relegated last year, but then again if it wasn’t for that flirtation with the drop we wouldnt have the players we do now ie Mbwia, Sissoko etc

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    we should beat stoke though it will prob be a bruiser against arsenal who knows though it is usually an entertaining open high scoring game maybe a last minute winner from mr t 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m going for a 4 -1 win to the Toon. If we play as we did at the weekend we’ll have too much power for them and Remy should get back into scoring form.

    Jail -afternoon – you posted earlier :-
    Jail for Ashley @5. Dec 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    Bills, deserves Vincent Tan

    I think, especially as we are in the festive period, promoting goodwill to all men, that your post was a bit excessive. I mean what have you got against Vincent Tan -even he does not deserve that fate.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro 1m
    PSG Jan shopping list: Cabaye, Mata, Hazard, Pogba. Cabaye most likely after Blanc convinced Qataris he’s worth splashing out on (L’Equipe)

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Vincent tan looked like he belonged in a bond film in the stands at the wkend !!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Would be happy with four points out of the two games and see Everton slipping up, one of the very rare occasions I want to see the mackems win on Thursday, really hoping Mashley proves me wrong and spends a few quid in January as I want to go to a game.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    tuff

    Jail for Ashley @5. Dec 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    Bills, deserves Vincent Tan

    i missed that it deserves a lol 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Mr Tuff,
    Good afternoon, ha ha.
    Jazzyp,
    Vincent Tan looks more like a James Bond villain than any actor before him. Most excellent observation.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    If we beat Stoke and Arsenal 4th spot is nailed on. I do not know what Ashley has done to deserve that. Wonga, ground renaming, gagging the local press, Shearer saga, selling Rangers stuff in our shop, copping all the transfer money and SKY millions, buying nobody in the summer. The guy is a bandit. It seems he can land in poop and still smell of roses. I will stay away until he has gone. The problem is that at this rate of spending nowt and copping all the tens of milions of profits each season, he might just decide to stay and not abandon ship for Rangers. Nightmare scenario!!!

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    id have ronnie at no1 :-0

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Mike Ashley sitting in the stands looks like the main villain from Return of the Jedi.

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  • roy

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Arsenal, looked very average last night against Chelsea, apart from Man City, most teams look quite beatable this season.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail,

    You sound like an old broken record continually repeating that Januart panic buy nonsense.

    The January five were fantastic buys not panic buys.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    yeh they were he had them lined up for the summer when they would be cheaper/free

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Bill’s,
    Excellent buys but none the less bought from a very real threat of relegation not from the misconception that it was a master stroke by Mashley, no way of proving or mis proving the fact but those players simply wouldn’t have been bought had we been in tenth, and had we finished tenth would things have been any different.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Would you take 3 points out of the next two games? Probably not, right? 🙂

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  • bills-son

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail,

    We tried to sign Debuchy in the summer and Sissoko and M’Biwa were targeted for this summer when they were out of contract but were brought forward to Jan.

    You call it panic buying I call it reacting to a situation and good management. We also signed Gouffran and Haidara and genuinely tried to get Remy as well.

    Slagging Ashley for everything and giving him no praise at all goes down well with a faction on here but it is becoming tedious to just as many if not more.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Bills,
    We made a right arse of signing Debuchy in the summer and I understand we couldn’t get Mbwia and Sissoko but Haidara and Gouffran could have been brought in, in my mind that summer of contempt and negligence completely outweighs any good Ashleys has done at the club, you may find my views tedious Bills, but so do I find Mike Ashleys utter disregard for our club.

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  • scout

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Merry Christmas Mike Ashley. You’ve done a sterling job sir. Can’t believe people on here still moaning, were absolutely flying.
    If we got 6 points next 2 games and anyone moans ill chuck the towel in altogether with this blog

    Ps Merry Christmas Ed to you and your family

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  • scout

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #24

    He disregards it so much he’s pretty much the blueprint this season of how to run a football club. Look at spurs they sold bale, we will probably sell cabaye if the right offer arrives. Get things in perspective, everyone buys and everyone sells.
    Like I always said I can’t blame him for keeping a few quid after all he bought the club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #25

    scout,
    His complete disregard nearly had us relegated man, he went into this season with the same team bar Remy that almost had us relegated, luckily for us it’s a WC year and players have upped their game, a good run of results and all of a sudden Mashley’s a genius for not buying anyone in the summer and we’ll see the extent of his ambition AGAIN this window.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Scout
    Better chuck the towel in now – could win the Premiership Champions League and some will still find something to moan about.

    Lets make the most of it because when we get beat this blog turns miserable – moan moan whinge whinge

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #27

    charlie

    true story 😉

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    It was Gouffran who was brought forward, not M’biwa.

    January was not a methodically well thought out plan, it was a reactionary move due to the fact that MA had so badly screwed up through his lack of investment in the summer of 2012. We were threadbare, fighting a relegation battle (one we most likely would have lost had we not made those signings last Jan) so any talk of it being a master stroke is ludicrous.

    He isn’t a calculating businessman, he’s a reactionary maverick.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #29

    I would think just about everyone who supports the team are more than happy with how we are performing and there seems to be slow signs of progressing. So as far as the team goes at this moment in time -things are good.
    What happened last year is exactly that -it happened last year -done and dusted. Percy has accepted they (collectively) made mistakes in not strengthening the team and has also said the five signings were brought forward from the summer. One can argue now with the argreement of Percy’s comments that they mismanaged the team last year. How this can now be twisted (because of personal vanity) to “reacting to a situation and good management” is clearly twisting history to suit one’s own opinion – when we now have facts from the horses mouth about what happened.
    boohoo Bills – you are clearly supping from the sherry decanter already -or quoffing your Babychams or pink gins could I suggest you slow down a bit and your mind may be able to process fact and not mix them up with opinions.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #30

    mike ashley fan boys back on here eh.. did santa calus get yaz a pair for christmas or are youz gon grow some over the new year?

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  • sweendog

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Scout what did you think about the decisions last season not to reenforce in the summer .. Also the stadium renaming etc etc .. Just because we are having a good patch doesn’t mean everything is rosey .. Still its Christmas and we are were should be top 8/6 .. Merry Christmas

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  • scout

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #32

    But what about the season before when we finished 5th JFA?
    The Uefa bollocked last year mate, oh and players bedding in of course. Get ya Mike Ashley coasters out for ya newky broon lad

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #33

    ben

    dont be shy name names 🙂

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  • bills-son

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail,

    Same stuff again about players only playing well because of the WC – wrong.

    We had so many injuries and suspensions last Jan and Feb that all the new signings had to be introduced into a team playing poorly. We had almost half a team who hadn’t played in the Prem. Thats why we still nearly got relegated.

    This season the signings have got Prem experience, a preseason and Cabaye and Tiote are fit and back on top form.

    That’s why the team is performing well.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Scout

    Had Ashley bought those players when he should have ie in the summer, they would have had a whole pre-season to bed in, instead of being thrown into the deep end of relegation scrap. Had he invested properly in the summer we could have capitalised on our 5th place finish and build on it, instead he let the momentum from our 5th place finish die because he wanted to save a few quid.

    Sound like a man interested in football or interested in money?

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  • sweendog

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Ciaran .. Well said except I wouldn’t say maverick .. Being Christmas Scrooge is more like .. Suppose he’s like all owners money first .. I just hope he gets smart as well and invests in Jan for the right players .. Based on the last 5 years he’ll stay true to form and mess up again

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #37

    wolfshead
    In KK words ‘I would just love it’ if we can beat Stoke and Arsenal.
    Last nights game looked as if the pressure is getting to Arsenal – be nice to beat Arsenal at home for the first time in donkey’s

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  • bills-son

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Tuff,

    How old are you?

    Your boohoo bills and pathetic attempts at being funny smack of a spoilt little pansy bairn.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #39

    charlie

    defo the gooners are being found out against stronger teams 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Merry Christmas everyone to you and your loved ones here from little DK 😀

    …and Thump…thanks for all youer help regarding my phone – and yes it works 😉 the mike sometimes plays trixs on me but beside that everything wrong as it should!

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