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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

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #41

    To say SFA threw the kids in, like Lpool against Arsenal they were probably three nil up at the time. Look at Adam Armstrong under Pardew, I think getting game time in a struggling team knocks a young players confidence if they don’t hit the ground running.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #42

    carltoon,
    In that interview with Neville he goes in to quite a bit of detail as to why he went to Soton.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #43

    They say the GK didn’t turn up to the trial, so Shearer volunteered to go in goal. Due to the fact he played in goal, he only managed a hat-trick and wasn’t signed.

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #44

    Thanks carltoon for clearing that up

    Knew I heard something about him going in goal

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #45

    A club doesn’t take a player on loan just to give him game time.

    They take him because they hope he will improve the team and results.

    If the club wanted Matty to have more game time they should have sent him to a 1st or 2nd Div club.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #46

    I’d like to see Shola replaced with someone qualified.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #47

    Everyone interviewing Tracy Crouch asking the same question (including SSN)

    “Would the new review have prevented the Takeover of NUFC by PIF?”

    B’stds. Her reply has been that she doesn’t know, but the part of the O&D test regarding suitability of new owners may have raised issues.

    Ridiculous assumption. Why would it raise issues regarding a football ownership, when huge swathes of British Industry deal with KSA on a daily basis?

    Also, the idea of adding 10% onto foreign players fees to give to lower leagues will have 1 immediate effect : All U.K. players will sell for a bigger premium than they currently have and will become more expensive. How does that help anyone? – Bonkers idea.

    Whilst this “fan led review” has some good in it there is also some stupidity. I wonder if MP’s have the intelligence to sort the wheat from the chaff? 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #48

    I’m not sure if the “golden share” idea is any good either. It’s supposed to protect clubs from bad owners making mistakes. What do fans know about the business end of running a football club?

    OK, I can see the sense in having a say over changing the crest, or name of the ground, or colour of 1st team strip, as these are things indelibly linked to the history of the club. Beyond that, I can’t think of much the fans would be worth consulting on to be honest.

    Just look at the variation of views on here as an example. 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #49

    Lets be honest, Bruce was blamed for Matty’s lack of development .

    That was daft – Matty is crap, and he cant do it in Scotland. Let him go.

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #50

    Just came on to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, will be back in January at some point.
    Hopefully our season will have turned around by then and some exciting new signings over the line.
    Bye for now take care.

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #51

    First

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #52

    As you would expect, the EFL are in general fully behind many of the proposals (as they gain).

    The EPL and clubs in it are generally against (as they lose).

    It won’t help British Football to create a situation whereby it becomes less attractive to own a PL club. This has to be a fundamental consideration and I’m not sure it will be adequately protected under these proposals.

    Some difficult stuff in this, and we’ll all have to live with the consequences. Independent Regulator for whole of football – good.

    A lot of other stuff thrown in – not so good, and some bad.

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #53

    We can definitely disgruntle arsenal if we go at them. If we defend like we did against Brentford though we’ll probs need to score about five.

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #54

    So the proposed changes in football governance includes ensuring owners have the finances to support their business plan.
    Also restrict the amount the clubs can spend as it de-stabilises the league!
    What a load of ********!
    Newcastle has had the worst owner ever in the premier league and when he sells up making a huge profit, after robbing the supporters for 15 years, they now decide something should be done!
    Well they can get stuffed as far as I’m concerned!
    City and Chelsea have had uncontrolled spending for years and the so called big six have had European football every year!
    So now there’s an “intruder” in their little cartel they are all for reform.
    Well I’ve got news for them. Money talks! Always did and always will.
    They won’t stop us now!
    Howay the lads! Sheik rattle and roll!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #55

    TTB, you going off on a Holiday or just a blog break?

    Either way, have a great Xmas and New Year and look forward to your return.

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #56

    My blogs taking ten years to load. Perhaps need to lay off the slap & tickle filams

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  • Adamn_92

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #57

    Bills

    I didn’t suggest that was the reason a club loans a player. I suggested the reason a club loans out a player is largely for game time and experience. Therefore before sending a player out on loan, you should seek some sort of assurances regarding game time and ensure they go to a club on loan where they get the game time required. If they don’t or those assurances aren’t met, they can be recalled.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #58

    cb,
    Unfortunately because of the seemingly lack of interest from the media as to the real reasons the TO was delayed, a lot of people do think it was a human rights issue.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #59

    Moonraker, glad you’re on board.

    We’ve all been waiting for this to “stick it to the PL management”, but there’s also a lot of stuff amongst the proposals that don’t help us at all.

    Not sure what happens now.

    I think some time is allowed for a “Parliamentary debate” on the report. Gets a bit vague after that. I think that a bill has to be prepared and put before Parliament for discussion, amendments and voting. If that’s the case, then parliamentary time has to be allocated.

    I suspect it might get put back to next year’s calendar as it’s November already and I imagine the current Diary is full. That’s optimistic because I don’t know how long the bill prep part could be as it will be done in committee and involve bringing in experts for consultation. Unless it’s deemed that Tracy Crouch has already done all that, I don’t really know, but do worry about some of the stuff in there. 😉

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #60

    Jail
    Agree the general public thinks delay was due to human rights concerns.
    So all of a sudden English football is a paragon of virtue.
    We all know the clubs are petrified a big spender is intruding on their little party!
    I look forward to surviving in the PL this season and showing what big spending is all about!

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #61

    Bob, a bit of both. Thanks for the kind words. Stay safe

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #62

    TTB@W ARMY,
    Happy Christmas and a merry New year.

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #63

    I agree, money talks, but let’s hope they don’t go all out to stop is progressing, I’m sure they’ll never forgive us, the top six the media, it’s going to be a fight as always when it’s Newcastle, maybe we just feel like it’s an agenda, but it’s like that bloke Richard Keys said ” any team but Newcastle “, I think they’re desperate for us to fail, we must prove them wrong. Onwards and upwards.

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  • Moonraker15

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #64

    So we’re 11/2 to win on Saturday. It might just be worth a punt cos our lads will be really up for it and let’s face it, we have to win eventually and knowing us it will be against one of the stronger teams!

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  • carltoon

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #65

    TTB, have a great Christmas, and all the best for the New Year

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #66

    TTB@W ARMY

    Have a good one mate, enjoy your time with the family 🙂

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  • Mund

    Nov 25, 2021 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #67

    Tyran

    Got to find the weaknesses first eh mate 😉

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 25, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #68

    TTB@W ARMY

    Have a good one mate , and see you again in the new year 🙂

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  • James Brewerton

    Nov 25, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #69

    Hi everyone hope all is well . Think we get draw against arsenal at weekend

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #70

    I loved the reports from earlier. The “top six” hate us because we’re potentially more competition for CL spots and the bottom clubs hate us because we’re no longer competition for relegation. YCMIU. 😆

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  • cleveleysbob

    Nov 25, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #71

    Right, got some serious tv watching to do. Laters! 🙂

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