Carver Ready To Spring Surpise On Arsene Wenger


John Carver will test his coaching skills against one of the best in the business in Arsene Wenger on Saturday, and since joining Arsenal in 1996 the 65 year-old  Frenchman has had Arsenal in the top four in the Premier League in every single season, and in the Champions League Wenger has always got his side through the qualifying rounds into the knockout rounds – that’s an impressive and consistent record.

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John Carver – confident

But it doesn’t seem to scare John Carver, Newcastle’s inexperienced interim head coach, and while he admits Arsenal are an in-form side,  they’ve won six of the last seven league games, he says Newcastle will have one or two things up their sleeves for Arsenal.

This is some of that John said about the game on Saturday in his press conference today:

“The one thing about us at home is that we seem to have a different mentality and I remember coming up against Liverpool at home and Chelsea at home when we had two great results.”

“We didn’t put them under pressure, but we kept a good shape and we played out of the shape and we’ll be doing the same thing.”

“We have to consolidate to make sure we don’t concede an early goal, that;s fir sure because against a good side like this it will be hard to get much possession.”

“We are going to have to be patient, but we’ve got one or two things up our sleeve when we get turnovers and we’ll try to break them down.”

That seems to say that Newcastle will be playing a defensive game on Saturday, and that could be suicidal against a side as creative as Arsenal – an early game and the game could be over – as it was at Manchester City a few weeks ago.

It may be hard for John  to put some tactics together that could shock Arsene Wenger – given his massive experience in the Premier League and in Europe.

John talks a good game, and defended his players and was upset that some pundits after the 3-0 defeat at Everton, said it looked like they were already on their summer holidays.

John denied that emphatically, but the truth is for a lot of the game once we went behind, there was no urgency in the side at all.

John can defend his players, but actions on the field always speak louder than words off it.

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10 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #1

    G2 & Jesper

    I was born at Freeman, so I’m a northerner who used to attend….but I also have self respect. If the regime was actually trying and it’s because we weren’t good enough I’d still go….its the not wanting to do well, the lack of ambition which makes me think….its you can’t be arsed to run us properly and with ambition then I won’t give you money.

    We could be in the conference and I’d go but only if we showed we wanted to play for something other than survival. Our seasons currently last from September to December.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #2

    ” Boo ” Arsene
    Made you look made you stare !

    Bet Wenger wasn’t expecting that from JC then

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Everton ship 5 against Dynamo Kiev having stuffed us 3-0 and blogs suggesting Martinez should resign.
    How does that make our lot look like…

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  • sparky55

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #4

    The only surprise will be if we turn up with 11 players and give them a game.

    It’ll be like Man u v Accrington Stanley 10 years ago.

    I’ll be surprised if we only ship 5

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon says “Our seasons currently last from September to December”

    Have you seen Groundhog Day ?.

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  • geordie157

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Janmaat or Satka at centre back, think I’d go with Satka.

    might see Kemen make the bench apparently, I’d let Roberts have Obertans place on the bench.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #7

    French for JC

    “Souhaitez-vous une belle tarte de viande et de pommes de terre mon brave homme”

    Fancy a meat and potato pie bonny lad

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  • Alternative Headline

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #8

    well Ive looked at this seasons results including ‘the turnovers’ and as usual he’s talking shite. what would surprise me Carver The Brave would be if you stopped being a traitor and a cock for a couple of minutes.

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  • Magpies4Life

    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #9

    A draw or win or even scoring will be a real surprise. All in all, GIVE ‘EM HELL!!! HWTL!!!

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  • usmagpie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    John Carver has something up his sleeve, Beardsley and Waddle on the bench.

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