Newcastle United Manager Eddie Howe has revealed defender Fabian Schar was substituted in yesterday’s game against Arsenal due to protocol.
Schar was taken off in Newcastle’s 2-0 victory over the Gunners at St James Park after colliding with Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
He was replaced by Jamaal Lascelles as many thought he could miss the last bit of the current campaign owing to the perceived injury scare.
“Fabian, I think, is OK,” said United’s head coach. “I think he was taken off due to protocols.” He wanted to stay on. I think it was the right decision.” Said Howe after Monday’s game.
Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes struck a goal apiece in the second half of the particular tie to dent Arsenal’s hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.
The Magpies took control of the entire game, stretching their fine run in the second round of the 2021/2022 Premier League season after a hazy start.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, Eddie Howe admitted that Monday’s performance was one of the memorable shows in the summer for Newcastle after losing the first leg fixture to Mikel Arteta’s charges.
‘Big turnaround from that game [defeat at Arsenal in his first game in the dugout]. That was a really frustrating day. We left the stadium that day in a difficult moment. We knew we had a massive second half of the season. Luckily the players responded brilliantly to the challenge.
‘This was the best performance since my arrival.
‘The motivation was personal pride and performing in front of our supporters and leaving on a good note into the summer.
‘We were very aggressive, good physically. It’s not an easy game, Arsenal are top quality. Credit to the players.’
He went on to say;
‘We knew this was something we hadn’t achieved – getting something against the top six. In the future we’ll have to compete against these teams. We have to have confidence we can win anywhere. This will help us today.
‘A whole host of things have helped us turn the results around – unity, team spirit and January definitely helped with quality players coming in.
‘The mentality of the group, they were determined not to get relegated.
‘The hardest thing for me this summer is to keep that [group spirit] intact while changing the dynamic of the group.’
Newcastle United will take on Burnley on May 22 for the final outing of the season.