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CHN Links: Friday Edition

Good morning, Toon Army. Let's focus on the mackems now, shall we?

An oldie but a goodie.

Hughton continues to defend his selection against Arsenal. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle) I have already said what I wanted to say on this topic, but Dan Silver of MirrorFootball eloquently explains why he'd rather have hardware than survival. On the other side of the issue is Ed Harrison of

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, who had to be substituted early on Wednesday, will be out for several weeks with strained MCL. (ESPN Soccernet)

Nile Ranger regrets not being able to get a shot off on his breakaway in the first half against Arsenal. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

It appears that Chris Hughton is just as annoyed about Nicklas Bendtner's obvious obstruction on Wednesday as I was. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Chris Hughton says Tim Krul will get over his own goal. (David Anderson, MirrorFootball) This article is a bit deceiving since the headline makes it sound like Hughton called it a "gaffe," but that's not a direct quote. Gaffe isn't accurate at all, if you ask me. Krul was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Krul kept The Toon in that game a lot longer than maybe they should have been, and he deserves credit for that.

Chris Hughton is looking forward to Sunday and is expecting a win. (Sky Sports)

mackem manager Steve Bruce had some nice things to say about Chris Hughton. (Sky Sports) It's funny how the mind of the sports fan works. My first instinct was to make a snarky remark about how Bruce should mind his own business, but he was just being cordial. You know what? Go take a walk, Bruce.

Steve Bruce has told Lee Cattermole not to tackle this weekend. As much as I hate Cattermole for his reckless style of play, I think this is a dumb move on Bruce's part, if the report is indeed true. The Magpies need to try to isolate him and exploit him if he is not going to be his usual aggressive self.

Steven Taylor will not play on Sunday as he is still injured.(Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Louise Taylor of The Guardian has a great piece about the rumors that have surrounded Chris Hughton concerning his employment recently. Robbie Savage of MirrorFootball is not impressed by the Newcastle board's "vote of confidence" for Chris Hughton.

Steve Clarke apparently turned down an offer to become Newcastle's assistant. (Steve Brenner, The Sun)