Tiote Lucky To Stay On The Pitch?

Last updated : 14 December 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

His high challenge (kicking an Arsenal player in the chest) was a major topic on Match Of The Day, and I think he will agree he was lucky the referee and linesmen didn't catch sight of it.

Arsene Wenger has often been linked with the Newcastle midfielder in the past, and it was interesting that he decided not to comment on the tackle, as he is believed to be ready to offer a bid next month.

But, that apart, he believes that his side learned a valuable lesson in their 4-1 defeat.

Cheick Tiote (talking to the club's official website): "Everybody is disappointed about the game.

"When Ayo scored it gave us the confidence that we could get back into the game, and we tried to push and push to make it closer.

"Because of that we conceded the fourth goal on the break, and that can happen when you are chasing the game.

"We have been on a very good run and we still have confidence in ourselves, but we have to improve.

"We know we can do better than this and we will learn from the match. We didn't defend well enough as a team and did not do the right things on the pitch.

"We have to learn quickly to put it right for Wednesday night against Tottenham."