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Rafa Talks About New Signing Miguel Almiron – He’s A Nice Lad

Rafa Benitez has been talking to Miguel Almiron since he returned from International duty and he seems ready to play mentally at the Emirates tonight.

Paraguay lost both games over the International break, and int heir game against Mexico Miguel received a straight red card.

It was a terrible tackle on Mexico’s Jose Juan Vazquez, and there was a scene before the Newcastle forward left the field.

Almiron has come in for some biting criticism back in Paraguay, and Rafa Benitez has been talking to his player to make sure he’s OK for the game tonight at Arsenal.

Miguel Almiron and Rafa Benitez in training

This is what Rafa has said about Miguel today as reported in the Chronicle:

“I was talking with him last Thursday. There was some delay with the plane,

“On Friday, when I saw him in the gym, he said he was fine. I asked him again during the training session; I asked him if he was OK, and he said ‘yes’.”

“I do not think he is the sort of player who would make a bad tackle on purpose.”

“It was the situation. They were losing and he has this energy. But mentally, he is ready and he is training well.”

“He was training well as usual. Normally, they players play a game before training and he was training with the others and enjoying himself. I think he was fine.”

“No, not really (does Rafa feel he needs to score).”

“Perhaps if I asked the specific question, he would say, ‘yes’, but he is happy and you can see that in the matches,”

“He is doing OK. I do not see any anxiety just because he is not scoring. He is fine. You talk about Rondon, Perez, and Almiron and they play well together, but I want to be fair with Christian Atsu, too, because he was doing well.”

“Almiron is fine. He is someone who likes to stay at home, come here, train.”

“He’s a nice lad, and he’s not too worried about what is going on around him.”

“He’s just concentrating on what he is doing here.”

So it looks like Miguel is fine for the game tonight.

We are 7 points above 3rd bottom Cardiff City with 7 games to play after Cardiff were unlucky to lose 2-1 at home to Chelsea yesterday.

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6 comments so far

  • dee em

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Anyone spotted we hand the title to city by beating Liverpool at our place on Star Wars day? Sports pun writers dream.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Miggy might find himself with a bit more space tonight, with Arsenal likely to play on the front foot and concentrate on building their own game, rather than disrupting ours.

    I expect he’ll get less of the ball than he has done since he arrived at NUFC, mainly because the whole team will see less of the ball, but that when he does get it he could cause serious problems for their defence.

    I’m sticking with 1-1, Miggy to open the scoring on the break from a Paul Dummett through ball, PEA to equalise after the 70th minute.

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    What colour car will the referee be driving ?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Mauve, definitely

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ll be right one day, Jib – and you’ll all be so impressed!

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Anthony Taylor is the ref
    He was born 8 miles from OT
    but he supports Altrincham
    Yeah right.
    Arsenal fans hate his guts


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