Chancel Mbemba talked on the Newcastle web-site yesterday immediately after the game, and he was disappointed we got nothing out of the game when we went down by only 1-0 to Arsenal, after we played for 74 minutes with only 10 men following the Mitrovic red card, which is all the talk about the game today.
Chancel Mbemba had another good game for Newcastle, and we again looked strong and resilient at the back – it’s just a pity the good performance wasn’t rewarded with a point.
Chancel Mbemba challenges Aaron Ramsey yesterday
This is what the 20 year-old defender had to say about the game:
“We definitely deserved more.” “Given the situation, I think we managed the first half really well and put in a lot of hard work before half-time.¨
“Unfortunately, in the second half they got the goal and we had to really push hard to try and get anything from the game.¨
“It didn’t work for us, but I would like to say thank you to the fans because they really pushed us along and helped us.¨
“Arsenal are a massive team who keep the ball very well and pass it well. We gave everything we could on the pitch – we left everything out there.¨
“Everyone gave 100%. It was a massive effort, and we also showed the desire and will to go out there and compete with Arsenal – even with ten men.¨
“For me, it is really important that we honor the Newcastle shirt every time we pull it on, and today I think we did that.”
“Football is like that sometimes,” “The referee has given a red card, and I would need to see it again before I say what I think of it.¨
“But what I can say is that in big games like this you cannot afford to get red cards, so we need to go away, work hard and make things right for the next game.”
Good words from Chancel Mbemba there.
We have been really impressed with Chancel both as a player and as a person since he arrived on Tyneside, and he is so upbeat and has been a very good player for us so far – both at center-back and left-back.
But it seems he will partner Coloccini in central defense this season, and the two of them are already proving to have a good partnership at the back, with Newcastle looking much more resilient these days.
Last season if we had a player sent off against the Gunners we would have lost by quite a few goals.
It was a tight game yesterday, and it took a deflected shot from Oxlade-Chamberlain off Fabricio Coloccini (that went in off a post) to beat us.
What do you think?