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.
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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