Arsene Wenger In Praise Of Newcastle

Newcastle have lost the last seven games against Arsenal, but hope reigns supreme at the moment, and we seem to be in some decent form.

If Florian Thauvin can have a good game against a team who wanted to sign him three years ago – we could even do the seemingly impossible and win this game – wouldn’t that be something.

Arsene Wenger _2009

Arsene Wenger – fantastic managerial record at Arsenal

But we very rarely do well against Arsenal, who are the best run club in England, and it’s laughable that the Gunner’s fans have called on Arsene Wenger in recent seasons to be sacked.

The 65 year-old Frenchman has got them into the top four in the Premier League and through the group stages of the Champions League in every single season since he joined Arsenal in 1996.

Wenger’s record at Arsenal over 19 years is played 1,070 games, won 615, drawn 250 and lost 205, for a win rate of 57.5% and a loss rate of 19.2%.

That’s just a phenomenal record of consistency, which is hard to match.

Wenger has always been complimentary about St. James; Park and the Newcastle fans and he had this to say about tomorrow’s game:

“We want to do well at Newcastle but it is always very, very, very tight, very committed there, because the crowd is always behind their team.”

“They have just come out from a good result at Manchester United, so it is important that we prepare well and give absolutely everything to win this game before the break.”

“We have always done very well away from home – last season and the season before, it was the last game of the season that we had to win.”

“There has always been something big at stake but we like pressure.”

It should be a really good game tomorrow, and we have to defend very well, like we did last weekend at Old Trafford, but we cannot afford any slips.

The first 20 minutes will be crucial, and hopefully Newcastle can be more dangerous than we were at Manchester.

This has the makings of a really competitive game, and we just hope we can get a decent result and play well before the two week International break.

A point would be very good and a win would be phenomenal.

Fans seem confident we can get something out of this game.

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