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Mikel Arteta Is Preparing For Newcastle’s Attacking Threat



Newcastle have assigned press duties to assistant head coach Jason Tindall ahead of Saturday’s trek down to Arsenal. The press conference is scheduled for 9am on Friday morning.

Reports last night indicated there is a chance Eddie Howe could make the trip but it hinges on a negative Covid test on Friday. Apparently, his symptoms can be traced back to 10 days before his next scheduled test.

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is reporting that the club is moving forward under the assumption Howe will not be allowed to travel this weekend.

Arsenal have already held their press conference for Saturday’s match. Mikel Arteta and the Gunners are coming off a 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool after a long unbeaten streak stretching back to early September.

Of course, Newcastle have not won a match this season and are currently bottom of the league table. However, Arteta doesn’t believe our league position is a fair reflection on the team.

Here is what the Spaniard said when asked about Newcastle’s struggles as published in football.london:

“What I have seen of them, no and from what I have seen of them in the last few games as well there were crucial moments where the game could have gone in a completely different way.

“We know the attacking threat they have, they have players that can hurt you in the last 30 meters of the pitch and we are going to have to be really conscious of that and play as well as we can.”

Newcastle put in a very attacking display against Brentford under the new management team. However, it wasn’t enough to pick up our first win of the season as our defensive liabilities again cost the club dearly.

Newcastle have struggled at the Emirates for a while now. However, the aim for Saturday will be to pick up three points. Hopefully, we’ll fare much better against the Gunners than last term where we lost all three meetings by a combined score of 7-0.

While Eddie Howe is unlikely to be on the touchline, he’ll have his influence on the match from his hotel room much like last weekend. Arteta was asked about Howe joining Newcastle and responded as follows:

“Obviously, there are some changes happening there, you can see the momentum that is building. It’s different, when you see the last game that they played as well, you see some different things.

“New manager, new coaching staff, so let’s be prepared.

“I admire Eddie for what he’s done in the league, his style of play, I know the coaching staff well. I’m sure they will be fully prepared.”

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71 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m good at posting when the bus is moving today!

    I think Gascoigne we all know is a 1 in a million type of player, with all due respect to Anderson and any other youngsters in our reserves and youth team, I don’t think any of them will come close to Gazzas level.

    If Howe and the backroom team think Anderson is good enough and give him some minutes from the bench (or maybe even start a game or two) then i’ll trust their judgement 100%. It’s just a personal opinion that given our situation it’s a risk that isn’t necessary and he would get far more game time and valuable experience on loan in the Championship. Builds up his experience, build up his confidence at a higher level and then he can come into pre season at the end full of confidence and show Howe he’s ready to be involved next season. When we’re either still in the Prem and more comfortable, or (hopefully not!) in the Championship where he’s just been playing.

    For those mentioning he’s a kid and age doesn’t matter. It isn’t about his age. I don’t care if he’s 16 or 36. It’s his only experience being at reserve level so far.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    A young player will be judged more in training than the cameo moments they get in the first team.

    If a youngster can keep up with the first team and put as much in with training and showing equal quality and not look out of place then they are ready to step up and stay in the first team.

    Then it’s all about can we fit him in? Is he good enough to get enough game time to keep his progression going or is it better to loan him out where he can be a starter for a loan club and develop match experience and become stronger? Even then loans say nothing as we are a PL team and the gulf between the leagues is huge.

    To me Anderson would be more effective in the final third then the likes of Miggy but then Miggy offers a lot more with his energy and battling. I guess it’s about finding the right balance. But IMO if your good enough and have the right attitude, which is just as important as ability, then she doesn’t come into it.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    We also need a better loan manager than Shola. Loaning Matty to Aberdeen was a ridiculous move. Especially as there seems to be no obligation regarding game time either. Went to the Scottish league on loan and is barely even getting a look in there. Can’t imagine the move done his confidence any good and not being picked is only going to make it worse and make him go backwards. Awful decision sending him there without any assurances surrounding game time he’d get. Surely a Championship club could have been found.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Adam

    Think about it mate, you don’t get experience until you have the experience. Going on loan to a lower league club does not give you the PL experience.

    No youngster has experience until he has it.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Age not she*

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Mund

    Agree about training but that’s only to a certain degree, training performances don’t equal match performances. Just keeping up with first team players doesn’t mean they are ready for the first team. It means they can train as well as the first team, not that they’re ready to take on other teams in the league. Again that is completely different to training drills.

    The gulf in Championship and the Prem isn’t anywhere near as big as it used to be and it’s certainly above Prem reserve league level.

    Anderson being more effective than Miggy in the final 3rd in the Prem is a complete guess as we have nothing to base that on other than reserve league performances. We also haven’t seen Miggy even play in the new look Howe system so i’d hold judgement on that.

    It’s all guesswork and comes down to the manager at the end of the day, but it’s a big gulf from reserve league to Prem league. How many young players are currently playing in the league who came straight in from their reserve team with no loans previous? Genuine question as i’ve no idea and it would be interesting to know haha

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Of course the only way to get PL experience is to play in the PL, that goes without saying. But you can also prepare a player for that more.

    Reserve league -> Championship -> Premiership (Makes sense as progression)
    Reserve league – Premiership (A big step up progression wise)

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Mund

    That’s very true how do they get experience if they don’t play and the obvious way is them play them off the bench.

    It’s not rocket science.

    Anderson and White are the obvious youngsters that might get a chance very soon but given our stand out problems in defence don’t be surprised if Bondswell isn’t picked for the squad in the near future.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Plenty Adam

    Just look at the bigger clubs and the youngsters who have come through there.

    Probably a lot more than you would think

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    EGB

    I agree and the noises coming out from the club is they are impressing since being put into first team training.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Mund

    Can you name some? As I genuinely can’t think of any off the top of my head who came from their reserve team straight to their first team and are playing in the league at the moment. It’d be interesting to know and would certainly make me view it diffrently.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    On Anderson being more effective than Miggy in the final third isn’t guesswork it’s calculated on ability wise and how ineffective he has been in the final third. Hopefully that changes with Howe in but so far his decision making has been very poor.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    The loan system never seems to work in our favour, Matty’s loan has been a disgrace, what’s going on?, I think Anderson should be coming on from the bench, maybe when we’re winning, if that ever happens. But this loaning them out, just hasn’t worked.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Matty Longstaff has had game time at Aberdeen but the simple fact is he isn’t good enough even at that level and that’s why he isn’t being played.

    My opinion at the time when his contract was up was that he should have been let go and that we only wanted to keep him because he was local lad who supposedly was a future star and the club didn’t want to upset the fans.

    Giving him £20K a weeks was a waste. He’s slow, has no physical presence and in the games he played for us he just ran around chasing shadows. His goal against Man U blinded many fans to his lack of Prem quality.

    Lee Clark was a similar size to Matty but had a bit of pace (not plenty), could carry the ball and dribble, and played good short and long passes + he was a feisty little b**ger who could put his foot in. Matty isn’t in the same bracket and won’t make it as a Prem player. Decent Champs at best.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t know when the NUFC site was last updated but Elliot Anderson isn’t even listed as a member of the U23s squad.

    He is however mentioned in the 1st team squad so a full debut is probably overdue, even though he’s still only 19.

    Listed as being Scottish even though he was born in North Shields.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I can think of Mason Greenwood but that’s the only one that is currently springing to mind.

    Ok maybe saying guesswork wasn’t the kindest wording haha but there’s still no evidence to suggest it other than reserve league performances and ability shown at that level. Almiron ill save judgement on depending on how he’s used and performs in Howe’s new system.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Carltoon

    I’d say that’s likely down to our loan system, Matty to Aberdeen was awful.

    Bills

    Matty has started 3 games for Aberdeen and been brought on as a sub twice. Not amazing game time considering that’s the whole point of going out on loan. Maybe he isn’t good enough, but he should never have been sent there without assurances of game time. A better loan manager could have sorted something better out i’m sure of it.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Matty should be sent where he gets playing time, I never rated him, but a lot of fans who watched him in the youth teams did, saying he was better than Sean, and Sean actually did well on loan at Blackpool, maybe they’re not good enough, but sitting on the bench in Scotland isn’t doing him or us any favours

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    The current Chelsea and Arsenal sides both playing youngsters from inside the club, Southampton are a great example of a club promoting youngsters.

    So there’s plenty of examples to choose from.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Adam, yes exactly, our youth system needs sorting out, hopefully we will now, because we haven’t brought on one of note for years. And all our great players were sold off. That will stop now if they invest in our academy.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Hudson Odoi

    Neco Williams

    Bukayo Saka

    Been a few other Liverpool lads as well

    A good few City youngsters also

    Would need to do some serious searching to get up all names but there is many more

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #22

    EGB

    Who do you mean at Chelsea and Arsenal? I can think of Saka.

    But the likes of Smith-Rowe went on loan.

    At Chelsea the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah also had loans.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Right the missus is dragging me off shopping, Later! 🙂

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Trent Alexander-Arnold another one making his debut at 18

    There is so many

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Mund

    Fair and good shout with those players. Guess you have the likes of Foden too. Issue is the massive gulf in our youth system compared to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City etc

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Southampton a great example, and have for years had a great academy ( Alan Shearer), they have brought on some great players. Which have been sold on. Got to get the investment in youth, that’s the way to go.

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Carltoon

    I’m sure they’ll sort the youth facilities and team out, it’ll be nice to in the future have a good range of talent come through our ranks. We desperately need to sort out a good loan manager too and potentially down the line get a set up going with a club to loan players too. Similar to how Chelsea have Vitesse.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Adam

    I think you’re splitting hairs there mate, loaned or otherwise they have been nurtured correctly and are youngsters from with their respective clubs.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyway, later!

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Adam

    Ofc mate and that will change over time and one day we will match the lot of them.

    Won’t be losing no more Bobby Clark’s or Lewis Gibson’s of the world

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    EGB

    Not my intention to be mate so apologies if it seems that way, I was discussing how I felt a loan would benefit Anderson. So thought it was relevant to mention that a few Arsenal and Chelsea players from within their ranks also seemed to have benefited from loans before stepping into the first team regularly. As Mund rightly pointed out though some have also come straight from their reserve/youth teams without a loan.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t know if this was a daft rumour I heard when I was a kid but was it true when Shearer was on our books he trained as a goalkeeper?

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Mund

    Heard that rumour about Shearer too but never found out if it was true!

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Adam

    If true it’s mental 😆 but luckily that changed

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Mund

    I bet he was one of those kids who could play well anywhere and were just generally good at football. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was half decent in goal when he was young haha

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Adam

    No doubt whatsoever. A proper athlete!

    Not as good as Vinnie Jones tho 😉 😆

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Mind, he was never on our books, he went for trials, and was told to go in goal, it was probably a group trial. And the rest was history. He went to Southampton.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Mund.

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  • niafron

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #39

    I guess it was also a good way for a future striker to learn how GK react…

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  • Tyran21

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Mund

    You need to be GK first, to be able to be deadly against a GK.

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