Newcastle Utd news – Campbell to face Arsenal, Tiote happy with Essien comparison, Harper praises Hughton

Campbell to face Arsenal.

Magpies defender Sol Campbell is in line to face his old club Arsenal when the two teams meet this weekend.

Campbell, 36, spent five years at the Gunners and played another 11 games for them last season, and boss Chris Hughton revealed he may line up against his former club on Sunday.

“Sol worked hard last week, and has trained this week,” he told The Chronicle. “He’ll get a week’s training under his belt, and a decision will have to be made, but I always pick the team on the merits of the game.”

Tiote happy with Essien comparison.

Newcastle midfielder Cheikh Tiote hopes to emulate Michael Essien’s success in the Premier League.

The Ivory Coast midfielder, 24, has been a revelation in Chris Hughton’s midfield since his arrival from FC Twente in the summer.

In a fan Q&A on Newcastle’s official website, Tiote said: “Obviously I’m only young but to be compared to Essien is quite a compliment.

“I’ve always seen Essien as a role model in midfield and one day I hope to be as good as him – or even better!”

Harper praises Hughton.

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has hailed boss Chris Hughton as “the perfect man for the job.”

The veteran keeper has played for Newcastle under the likes of Sir Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit, but has added his voice to the growing number of players calling for Hughton to be given a new, long-term deal.

“He is incredible,” Harper told The Telegraph. “He is always the same, he doesn’t get carried away when things are going well and he doesn’t get too down when they are not. He is very level-headed, which is what this club needs. He is the perfect man for the job.

“This club hasn’t always been stable,” he continued. “As recently as 15 months ago we were surrounded by turmoil and uncertainty. It doesn’t help.

“We’ve had far too much of it here over the years. From last August, when Chris was appointed as manager, we have had a fantastic, stable period. Chris has worked hard and he has galvanised the place.”

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