There was a buzz after the game with Newcastle fans on Saturday – not only that Newcastle had done so much better than we thought they would do at the Emirates – but that Cheick Tiote had simply great game for Newcastle.
The Ivorian looked like the Cheick of old and put in a tremendous performance in the middle of the park for the team, and we just hope he can keep that form up – it will be important if we are to survive relegation.
Cheick is our Man of the Match with 23% of the vote just edging out Gini Wijnaldum on 22%, with the reliable and solid Chancel Mbemba third on 12%.
Cheick Tiote in action Saturday challenging Aaron Ramsey
Cheick is on four yellow cards so one more and he will be suspended for the game but somehow we need him against Manchester United a week tomorrow where we must go all out for 3 points.
Maybe Steve McClaren, wh0 who managed Cheick at FC Twente the season before he joined Newcastle in August 2010 can get the best out of the 53 times capped Ivory Coast International.
We are at Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
McClaren finally saw the light and moved Gini Wijnaldum to the center of midfield – something the Dutchman has wanted all season – and he played a number 10 role and looked very good and very classy – although he was guilty of missing a couple of very good chances for us.
The missed chances cost Newcastle maybe all 3 points on Saturday – and we must do better when we get the chances.
But with Cheick and Gini both playing well in the center of the park, we looked a good side at the Emirates and even outplayed Arsenal for long stretches.
And third in the voting was another player who plays in the center and always puts in a good performance for us and another new signing in the summer – Chancel Mbemba.
And with Chancel being strong we looked decent enough in defense but it still was a poor goal we let in that beat us.
And it was simply tragic we got nothing out of this game and we were very close to making big headlines by beating Arsenal – but it wasn´t to be.
Now we have to try to beat the Red Devils next Tuesday night and continue playing at a high level against every single side from now on – whether it´s Arsenal, Norwich or Sunderland.
A win gets us 3 points.