Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

That Was Special - Ameobi; Shola's Arsenal Delight

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

That Was Special - Ameobi; Shola's Arsenal Delight

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SHOLA Ameobi has admitted the shock victory over Arsenal was extra special as he has been on the receiving end of so many Gunners humiliations in the past, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Ameobi was the only surviving member of the United squad which last beat Arsenal away from home back in 2001 - Steve Harper was injured - and he was thrilled with both the result and the performance that secured it.

And the 29-year-old admitted he had travelled down to the capital for the first time in years feeling confident the Magpies could pull off another shock.

He said: "I'm the only survivor from the last time we won at Arsenal and that shows you how special this result was. I've been on the receiving end of some pretty embarrassing results.

"You know what they can do to teams, you have seen what they did to Manchester City not so long age. It does taste extra sweet because of that.

"It's crazy how many times I've gone down there and taken a beaten. We didn't have a great record at Highbury and we'd never won at the Emirates before.

"But I just had a feeling we could get something from the game after that great result and performance against Sunderland.

"The team is brimming with confidence and that is very important. Arsenal are a class act, but we have more than held our own.

"We didn't just sit back, we went out and played and, once we got the goal, we grew in stature in the game. It was a great goal from Andy Carroll and after that we held them. It was a great all-round team display."

Newcastle's three successive wins have lifted them seven points clear of the relegation zone and up to an unlikely fifth in the table, just three points behind Arsenal.

And, although he is not getting too carried away at such an early stage of the campaign, Ameobi insisted the players realise they have nothing to fear back in the top flight. …

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