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Arsene Wenger Praise For Newcastle Side

2:51 pm, Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger was more than a little worried yesterday at the Emirates as a hard-working Newcastle side were on top for  stretches of this game – after we had withstood an expected early Arsenal onslaught.

But it was our lack of a cutting edge up front which is really hurting us at the moment and with an in-form striker yesterday we could have had a goal or two – as it turned out we missed three good chances fives minutes either side of half-time – as Gini Wijnaldum missed a couple and Aleksandar Mitrovic missed one.


Arsene Wengerr – on the sidelines yesterday

If we had gone ahead in that game the confidence would have surged through our players and we could have had a famous victory – but we didn’t – and it wasn’t to be.


Arsene Wenger was full of complements for the Newcastle performance yesterday even though it was our third 1-0 defeat in a row and we got absolutely nothing out of the game.

This is what Wenger said after the game:

“We were not at our best and we had to dig deep,” “But on top of that I must say we played against a good team – Newcastle are a good side.”

“Newcastle responded very well to our good start.” “I must say you lose this kind of game like Newcastle lost because you are down there and the confidence is missing, but they will not stay down there.”

“Honestly, I’ve been long enough in football to know that if you are a Newcastle player, you feel sorry for them too.”

“But I know as well that because I’ve been in the game for a long time that when you’re capable of winning but you don’t play well.”

“That shows a mental aspect to the team that will be very important in moments that will be difficult.”

That also shows the weakness of this Newcastle side – that we couldn’t put the game away when we had those chances at crucial moments in the game.

Next up is the FA Cup 3rd round next Saturday at Watford – and then on the following Tuesday we have Manchester United at home.

We really need to win that game against the Red Devils.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · FA Cup · Newcastle News · Premier League

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 3, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Mclaren can say I told you it’ll be alright now.
    Nero fiddles…..

  • 2 AncientC // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I noticed SD shares were mentioned earlier.

    Here is an interesting one… what would happen to the value of SD shares if:

    A. SD advertising is removed from St James’ park, and a paying advertiser put in place – whilst the club survives

    B. SD advertising stays in place, but the club sinks to the championship and struggles to get back into the Premier League at first attempt.

    C. A combination of the club being relegated and SD being asked to pay for advertising or it going to a paying advertiser.

    Considering that SD shares value is directly attributed to the money coming from the paying Newcastle fan, the above seem legitimate questions.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    I don’t think SD will ever pay for advertising but it would be interesting to see what happened to the share price, was it not that Guardian article that caused them to drop last.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    I thought one of the Irish journos had it spot when he said SMC was incorrect to suggest that NUFC had controlled the game and that the loss was down to their keeper. To my mind SMC totally ignores the fact that they had some decent chances soon, especially at the end, and also, that good clubs have good goalkeepers. Thats nothing to do with luck, and neither were the defeats v WBA and Everton. SMC isnt the worst manager in the world, but he is not very good, and he is a serious bluffer to the media, like many other managers.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    From previous,
    What bit don’t you get, he doesn’t need us to be successful to sell cheap shite, if like firetrap was emblazened all over the ground and at every interview and presser then msybe it would be different, why do you think that those god awful adverts are made with a lower budget than a Franks carpet effort shown on ITV 4 during reruns of Crossroads at eleven o clock at night

  • 6 AncientC // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Jail – I would not be shocked to find out that Ashley is getting more than the advertising space is worth via increased value added to SD shares, and other kickbacks he gets from SD shareholders for the continued free advertising he gives them.

    One thing we know for certain, the club isn’t going to be out of debt anytime soon – or see advertising revenue used on growing the club.

  • 7 lesh // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Wenger’s comments were good but while he said we are a good side, he also referred to our confidence being down and implicitly getting worse the longer we go on losing. There was a point well made and players need a lift.

    We’ve been in and around the relegation spots since August and McClaren’s said to have presented and specified the areas that need attention to strengthen a squad lacking in quality and strength in depth – some sux weeks ago!

    And what has Charnley done to act on McClaren’s recommendations? Bugger all!

    In well run businesses, forward-looking businesses, businesses with the interests of its customers at heart – along with profitability of course, a board acts to rectify any weaknesses or design faults in it’s products. If things continue to fail, then the MD’s moved on.

    But with Newcastle United, a club that barely avoided relegation last season and again flirting with it, it appears that the owner and three of its board of management, seem oblivious to the fact that the Club’s future, short and long-term is in jeopardy.

    They’ve had about six weeks to do something that will improve results by lifting the players’ confidence and thus will to win.

    We’ve heard Gini say he’d been told that the team was to rebuilt and he was part of that. It appears that the so-called board’s idea of a rebuild is buying three or four players, some if whom are not yet up to the rigours of the Prem. Failure to act now, by bringing in more players who will have an immediate impact could lead to Gini and others to believe they’ve been told lies. And what happens when players become disillusioned? They want out!

    Can Charnley, Carr, Moncur and Ashley not see that? Or could it be that they’ve closed their eyes to the reality? It seems to be the case and their behaviour is a disgrace, am insult to McClaren (doubtless a victim of their re-build lies), an insult to the players and thus an insult to the many thousands of fans, customers, who invest a lot of their time and money supporting this shambles of a club!

    The owner, Charnley, Carr and Moncur are not fit to have any control over Newcastle United or any business for that matter.

  • 8 Moonraker15 // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    I get it! but you don’t! The more successful the more exposure ! Simple rule of advertising and he’s no different to any other greedy billionaire.
    I think Pardew talked us down saying we weren’t a big club and they signed lower value players. As a result we’ve been overtaken by smaller clubs. We should never be out of the top 6 if Ashley had the right management team . As the True Geordie says this transfer window is the biggest in the clubs history and if SMc isn’t banging the drum he’s an idiot !

  • 9 davis_toons // Jan 3, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Stat attack: No Premier League side has attempted fewer shots on goal than Newcastle this season. The Magpies have mustered just 171 attempts in their 19 matches – an average of nine per match.

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