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.
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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