It’s been a while since I published a view from the away end, but today I bring you the Arsenal edition. In this edition of the series I talk to Gunners fan Craig. I have known Craig for years, he used to live up the road and he’s another good lad.
Before I continue I would personally like to thank another blog for using my title of view from the away end for their own site. It’s always nice to know that people are original and can think of their own ideas. Good work lads! Rant over back to the thread :).
Arsenal were a team we took four points from last season. Wenger’s men got one over us with a 4-0 thumping at St James’ Park in the Carling Cup. However Newcastle got a win and a draw in the two league games played against the London club.
First an impressive 1-0 win at The Emirates followed by the memorable 4-4 cracker at St James’ Park. The game was especially memorable since we were 4-0 down at half time and looked down and out that afternoon. But Joey, Best and Tiote proved that day that a game is never over until the full time whistle is blown.
So I have asked Craig for his views on things, he’s a man of few words but was happy to take part and offer his opinions. Here’s what he had to say:
How do you rate our fans?
Great away fans one of the best in the country!
If you could have any one Newcastle player at Arsenal who would it be and why?
Steve Harper because any keeper is better than ours.
Who is favorite Newcastle player of all time and why?
Alan Shearer, by far one of the greatest of all time.
So the 4-4 draw last season was something special. Great game and one of the greatest ever comebacks. What are your reflections of that match?
I was shocked and disgusted that should never happen against any team.
Was a special strike, I doubt he will never do that again though.
How do you think Newcastle have done in transfer market so far, was selling Nolan a mistake?
Selling Nolan was a mistake but Newcastle havent done badly.
Arsenal pipped Newcastle to sign Gerviniho?
Yeah he looks decent, hopefully he can add some quality.
Arsenal fans can relate to the frustration of not being able to keep hold of key players. What are you views on a season potentially without Fabregas and Nasri?
He needs to pull his finger out and buy some high profile players and make Arsenal an attractive club again.
Jose Enrique and Barton are two players you have been linked with in recent weeks, what would you make of signing either of them?
Barton wouldn’t be bad but no offence we need better quality.
From an away fan’s point of view what do you make of St James’ Park?
St James is a great stadium shame the away fans are in the gods! I remember when we won 1-0 there Vieira scored but i couldnt tell who it was.
What do you make of our owner Mike Ashley?
Hes an arsehole!
Very blunt Craig,haha. Wenger and Pardew infamously had a bit of a touchline barney a couple of years ago. What do you make of Pardew being appointed Newcastle manager? is he the man for the job?
Hes a good manager I quite like him, he was good for West Ham.
What did you make of our first season back in the prem?
Not bad some shock results but that goes for every team last season. It was a weird season and the main thing for you lot was to stay up.
Silly question, but I have to ask everyone. Who will finish higher next season?
You never know anymore, we didnt beat you last season apart from league cup.
St James’- 1-1
Emirates- 2-0 Arsenal.
Finally….in these interviews I like to talk about a player who represented both clubs- so let’s talk about Sol Campbell? His move here didn’t really work out.
Sol Campbell is a legend for various reasons, leaving the scum to come for us for free coming back when we needed him, part of the invincibles a true legend. But a weird bloke I dont know what goes on in his head left us for pompey when he had a few years left with us!
There you go, the opinions of an Arsenal fan. Blunt and short responses but straight to the point. Craig is a knowledgeable guy and a decent footballer too, at least he was five years ago. Thanks to Craig for taking part, I know he’s a busy man.
I’m working on new interviews all the time, with Manchester United and Chelsea coming very soon. I am tempted to leave bringing you The Mackems edition until I have done everyone else’s. Save the best til last and all that.
So what did you make of Craig’s answers? I must stress I asked Craig these questions before the drama at Darlington last night. I think the events at Darlo will have us in a bad light for a little while. The actions of a section of the ‘fans’ last night was humiliating and gives people ammunition to have a pop at us.