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Arsene Wenger In Praise Of Newcastle

8:16 am, Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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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  • 1 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Key players to attack / eliminate: Ramsey, Czech.

    Most dangerous: Alexis

    Will score: Giroud

    Vulnerable: In back

    They’re all top players, better than ManU.

    Best tactic: pressure, no time on the ball and, yes, long balls over their dominant MF.

  • 2 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Cyprus- I agree with you on Colback – he’s one of the first on the team sheet for me.

    Movement in our play – Having watched us against ManU it was interesting to watch the Brugge v ManU game. Movement requires space; whereas Brugge gave them all the space they wanted we were not at all accommodating. Arsenal this season have not used the wings and width to good effect choosing to attack more centrally.
    Defensively against Arsenal a repeat showing by the toon is needed with us depriving them of space to play their elaborate passing game and I can see Macca opting for a 4-2-3-1formation.
    There was a lot of misleading comment on here yesterday as to the original reason for the 4-2-3-1 in football. This was simply to create 2 v 1 scenarios in the field of play. This was somewhat negated by the introduction of the defensive midfielder instead of a CB being dragged out of position. This has evolved over time.
    However for the 2 v1 scenario to occur , the 2nd striker( whether in hole or not) should be actively moving from one side of the pitch to the other. In our game against ManU Januzaj didn’t do this and he was far too static in his play but against Brugge, Herrera demonstrated this to great effect for Rooney’s 2nd goal. Likewise Depay turned inwards and instead of running in the reverse direction (like Januzaj had frequently done) he ran towards the space on the right. Then a first touch pass (Januzaj had chosen to cut inside) to Rooney and a goal.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Satka is nowhere near ready. He should be out on loan, along with several other of the kids, probably including Kemen. We shouldn’t be keeping kids around because the first team squad isn’t strong enough, we have done that in the past and it halts the progress of the youngsters development. Ideally the club would be pushing for Kemen, Sterry, Satka and Roberts to go on loan this season, similar to Woodman, Woolston and Arma.

    As for the weekend, we should be pressuring them from the off. Start with two quick men out wide who can supply Mitrovic. Mitrovic has the presence to worry any of Arsenal’s back up centre halves, and could easily get a goal given good service.

    Pin their full backs in defence, and they lose all their width. If we can then keep it compact in the central midfield roles then we can frustrate them. Yes, they have quality who can pick through even the best of compact defensive units, but if a team does that you have to just hold your hands up. They will get chances, we just need to limit them and squeeze the space.

    I don’t think this is the game for De Jong, as we are going to need high energy to press quickly and close down. I think he will probably stick with Colback, Anita and Gini in the central roles, but I would prefer to see one of Anita or Colback drop out, and Perez in the more attacking central midfield role. He will work hard, press, harry, and has the skill to be able to open Arsenal up as well.

    If Sissoko is fit he and Thauvin should start wide, but we need them to immediately impress upon the full backs that if the full backs push on we will exploit them in behind with pace. If he isn’t I’d bring Aarons in.

  • 4 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Giroud has an excellent record but then do Arsenal. This is an acid test and it comes at a good time to play Arsenal. You haven’t mentioned Chamberlain who is a terrific player with a more direct style than a number of their players but he’s being nursed back from injury. Mertasacker is thought likely to play.

  • 5 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    The European CB merrygoround proceeds apace .
    The reason Abdennour did not play against Valencia is that Valencia want to buy him !!!.

    So now Monaco want to buy Andrea Ranocchia the 27 year old 6’5″ captain of Milan who has had a major falling out with Mancini .

    Southampton are also sniffing around him , I think we should get involved .

  • 6 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Lilongwe – if you can be bothered would be interested in your forecast.

    Forecast – Group Winners, Qualifiers, (Europa)

    A: Real Madrid, PSG, (Shakhtar)
    B: Man Utd, CSKA Moscow, (Wolfsburg)
    C: Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, (Benfica)
    D: Man City, Juventus, (Sevilla)
    E: Barcelona, Roma, (Leverkusen)
    F: Bayern, Arsenal, (Zagreb)
    G: Chelsea, Porto, (Dynamo Kiev)
    H: Valencia, Lyon, (Zenit)

  • 7 NezzaNUFC // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    What I know about us playing Arsenal at home is that Arsenal play dirty.

    Every time we play them they tend to take a dive around our box leading a goal coming from a free kick or a goal assisted from a set piece.

    Cazorla will take the dive like last time either scoring from set piece or Giroud getting a head on it.

    Watch this space.

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