Newcastle v Arsenal - MANAGER QUOTES


John Carver: “”I’ve had some big challenges in the past but this will be one of the biggest. It’s a big challenge, I understand that and it’s my job to prepare the team right to put in a performance that responds to the Everton game (where Newcastle lost 3-0). We’ve battened down the hatches. We realise we are a small group at the moment and it’s going to be a difficult time, but the only way you get through these difficult times is by being together, being strong, being upbeat and still having a smile on your face. You’ve got to be careful when you play against sides like Arsenal. We’ve got to consolidate and make sure we don’t concede early, that’s for sure. Against a good side like this it will be very, very difficult to get the ball. Their possession stats are one of the highest in the division, so they are a good footballing side and they like to play. So we are going to have to be patient but we do have one or two things up our sleeve when we get turnovers, and we will try to break them down.”

Arsene Wenger: “At the moment we are too far away from Chelsea, but we have an opportunity every week to get closer and for that we need positive results from us, and negative results from Chelsea. The only thing we can master is positive results from us. I believe Chelsea still has a very good cushion and very good security. It is very tight. We are on the neck of Man City, but straight behind us we have Man United and Liverpool, even Tottenham and Southampton are not completely out of it. But we just have to focus on our performances and our strengths. I do not count on the weaknesses of any of our opponents.It is down to our performances until the end of the season.”

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