Wenger Shows Respect For Newcastle United
Monday night at The Emirates could be a bit tricky…but nice to see that the job Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and others have done at St.James’ Park is recognised by people such as Arsene Wenger:
“You could say that I am surprised if you look purely at the number of points they (Newcastle United) have. They were not expected there. They have bought very well in a very efficient way. Some players have made a name now who were completely unknown at the start of the season.
Therefore when you look at their quality it is not surprising they are where they are.
Newcastle lost Andy Carroll last year and they were searching for a striker, so credit to them for signing Ba and Cisse. Also Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa are good business for them. That’s why they are where they are.
They are a team everyone knows will give you a big game but what is important is our own performance. We cannot be obsessed by Newcastle, if we turn up with a good performance we will win the game.
That is what is at stake: to keep up our run and keep our focus. We can play at a pace that, at the moment, maybe nobody else can sustain. When we are on our roles that is good for the morale of the team.
If you look at the times we have reversed games; Villa, Tottenham, Liverpool, Sunderland and now Milan, you would say there is something special in there. I always believed in the spirit and quality of this team.
I am sure if we keep going that will come out and the target until the end of the season is to be faithful to that”.
Nice also to see Alan Pardew in advance of the Arsenal match talking about the need to take the game to the home team, as sitting back he acknowledges will ineveitably lead to a goal at some time, especially with Van Persie in such form.
The Gunners have certainly found their form in front of goal but at the back their problems haven’t suddenly disappeared.
Interesting to see Wenger name checking Hatem Ben Arfa as one of Pardew’s astute signings, maybe Monday night is the time to put the faith in him to carry on that excellent forty five minutes he showed against sunderland.
What better place could you wish for than at the home of the past master at spotting French talent?
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