Mourinho wasted 180 minutes of our lives and got called a genius for it.
Lately, Newcastle have displayed about as much motivation as a depressed sloth – which is understandable considering they hit the 40 point mark sometime back in January. Incidentally, around the time Cabaye left and Pardieu started fighting people. Since then, the Europa League Crowd accelerated into the sunset and their object became a high-stake duel with Southampton for 8th place. Southampton have players competing for World Cup spots and Newcastle don’t.
So tonight we play against a team that are exactly where they ought to be, and probably not far from where they’d realistically like to be. Any higher, they find themselves perilously close to away games in Kazan on a Thursday. Any lower and columns concerning ‘Geordie fans’ or ‘for a club the size of Newcastle…’ start to write themselves. It’s the inevitable dilemma that a midtable club faces: do they increase transfer expenditure exponentially to gain a few places in the table; or do they embrace the middle ground, buy players around the 8 million mark and secure the exact same financial reward?
Probably just idle doom mongering, but part of me feels as though Newcastle need a result and that their French contingent might see playing in front of Wenger as an escape route. A bit like if Danny Dyer, by some odd twist of fortune, found himself auditioning in front of Martin Scorcese.
I’ll leave you with that thought…
We’ve had a good rest; we’re playing at the Emirates and late Kick-offs tend to bring the best out of this team.
Sagna Mert Koz Gibbs
Chamberlain Ozil Podolski
Should be an entertaining game.
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