Newcastle United play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend and England striker Michael Owen is over the board with the prospect of captaining Newcastle United in a FA Cup tie. Owen was handed the captain’s armband by newly appointed Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce last week and the player is obviously overjoyed to be captain of his club.
The Northern Echo quotes Owen as sayng:
It was a surprise when the manager first came to me with all the things going on. It was the day of the game and he mentioned it to me. I was delighted to do it that night but didn’t know if that would continue because we had a lot of injuries and suspensions but subsequently he has come out and said if I want it, see how it goes. I have done it many times for England, bits and bobs here and there, I think I was captain in the derby against Sunderland. But it is a massive honour to be captain and an excellent responsibility. At 28, I think I can cope with that and obviously very proud to be asked.
Owen is optimistic about Newcastle’s progress this season and hopes that under Keegan the Magpies would play more attacking and attractive football. But how far will Newcastle travel in the Premiership this season?