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Moussa Sissoko hopes to build on his good start for Newcastle United after revealing that he has modelled his game on Patrick Vieira.

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Moussa Sissoko: Happy with how he has settled at Newcastle

Moussa Sissoko: Happy with how he has settled at Newcastle

Sissoko has always been a fan of English football and was inspired by Arsenal's French contingent as he was growing up.

Now, having joined a Gallic invasion on Tyneside last month, Sissoko is keen make a lasting impression in the Premier League.

"It has gone off smoothly. I have had a lot of fun," Sissoko, who scored twice in the 3-2 victory over Chelsea, told L'Equipe.

"The Frenchmen who came to Newcastle this winter have adapted very well. People are supporting us and you can feel it on the pitch.

"I have always wanted to play in England. It is the league that suits me the best.

"When I was a kid, I was very impressed by Arsenal with all their Frenchmen: Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. I was 10 or 11-years-old. That team made me dream. They won everything.

"I loved Thierry Henry and above all Patrick Vieira as we played in the same position. He radiated such power! He could cross the whole pitch with the ball at his feet.

"In midfield, he was the boss. Moreover, there was Highbury, with the fans so close to the pitch. I would have loved to play there."

Sissoko has already shown himself to be versatile during his short stint at St James' Park and is capable of playing out wide or just behind the front man, but he is in no doubt about his best position.

"I am not a No.10. Let's say I am an attacking central midfielder. I like to move, defend, attack. I do everything a bit.

"The centre is where I can bring the most to the team. On the side, it is much more complicated."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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