Pardew makes excuses but admits Arsenal were awesome

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was very impressed with the Arsenal side that demolished the Magoies by four goals to one, and although he was missing a couple of his top players he admitted that the Gunners played brilliantly.

Pardew told the Northern Echo: “We missed Moussa Sissoko (suspended) and we didn’t get the balance right,” said Pardew. “But we didn’t play well. They kept coming out on top on physical challenges and they played well.

“I don’t think many teams could have coped with them today. We were a bit sloppy in our passing and a couple of goals were really poor on our part.

“We caught them on a very good day. The front three were rested for midweek and I think that showed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was outstanding and he caused us a lot of problems in our midfield area.”

“You know with Arsenal that they always give you a chance. If we’d got another goal at 3-1 it would have brought back nasty memories for them but it wasn’t to be.”

Not even Arsenal fans would have been surprised if Newcastle pulled another one back to cause a nail-biting finish (as usual this season!) but for once we managed to hold firm and stop Newcastle from getting back into the game. Even though we have a massive injury list and played with yet another makeshift defensive line-up, we managed to easily beat an in-form Toon side.

Let’s hope that we are just as decisive next week against Liverpool….

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  1. Ozil’s training again, he was pictured behind Emi Martinez and Szcsesny in training the other day, God I hope he’s back for Liverpool. Or at least In the squad.

    1. That’s great. Though I find it hard to see who to drop in order to accommodate him TBH. It’s Walcott that the team really misses. In my opinion he’s our most productive player.

      1. You have to look at the stats when Ozil plays, he is a bit like a duck, all calm above the surface and it looks like there isn’t much happening but it’s all going on under water!
        Man is a definite asset and when he plays with Theo they make a big difference, can’t wait for him to be in the middle with Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck and imagine if Belerin was converted to a winger!

  2. Liverpool are playing woeful and arsenal need to capitalise on this also, by beating them at anfield and getting 3 priceless points!

  3. Ozil will have to wrk on his Strength…
    He is Too fragile, u can see the other players returning from injuries look stronger…
    I also hope he gets d ground running fast!

  4. Pardew said, “You know with Arsenal that they always give you a chance.”

    This just shows how naive and tactically clueless Arsenal can be. If you are up 2-0 or 3-0 it is time to hold the ball and stop rushing forward. Will Arsenal players ever learn?

    1. That got me wondering too, but Arsenal do give chance. At 3 nil up, you don’t expect them to defend, but see out the match man. Yeah, hunting old memories.

  5. Glad he singled out Ox for praise. MOM for me and sick to hear he may be injured. If he is a doubt i would prefer he got rested… even if its a couple of weeks rather than losing him for lengthier time. Also with young players picking up injuries theres a risk of becoming prone. I pray Ox does not fall victim.

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