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4-4 fallout – Pardew speaks, Barton blamed and Interpol deny interest

February 7th, 2011 | 187 Comments |

Joey Barton gets the blame for the Middle East troubles
Caused the banking collapse?
Alan Pardew comments more about Newcastle United’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal, Joey Barton get the blame for all the world’s ills and Interpol deny being Arsenal supporters.

The remarkable 4-4 draw on Saturday certainly caused a stir with some Arsenal supporters, even to the point of them blaming Joey Barton for all the ills of our society. I’m surprised the Gooners haven’t blamed him for the Afghanistan war, the troubles in Egypt and possibly even the flood that had animals two-by-twoing into Noah’s Ark. I hear one disgruntled supporter has demanded an inspection of Joey Barton’s head to see if there’s a 666 on it anywhere.

There was also a brief rumour that Interpol were investigating the game on some sort of match-fixing charge but that has since been proved unfounded. Inspector Clouseau of Interpol said:

Interpol is not aware of any request for assistance and any investigation would be conducted by national authorities. Interpol’s general secretariat has not been asked to provide any assistance in relation to this matter.”

Anyway, Alan Pardew has had some more to say about the game. After the first half, he took some stick from a particularly vociferous fan behind him, about which he said:

I was aware of him. That ain’t the first time it has happened. (more…)

The agony and the ecstacy (almost) – Newcastle 4 – 4 Arsenal.

February 6th, 2011 | 40 Comments |

The Lion King leaves Arsenal reeling.
The Lion King leaves Arsenal reeling.
It’s hard to know where to start really with an account of a game like this one.

To use one of the most common cliches in football, it was almost a game of two halves. To be more precise, it was one game in the first fifty minutes, the point where Arsenal, in a seemingly unassailable position at 4-0 up, decided to press the self destruct button in magnificent fashion. This is not to say however that Newcastle didn’t deserve enormous credit too for one of the most miraculous comebacks in recent memory, and even more miraculously, with a little help from the referee, something to which Newcastle are not generally accustomed.

Starting at the beginning though, it took less than a minute for Arsenal to score their first goal. Newcastle started the game with a new formation which looked quite alot like Arsenal’s own 4-2-3-1, with Tiote and Barton playing the deeper role in midfield, with Nolan, Gutierrez and Lovenkrands supporting striker, Leon Best up at the front. (more…)