Julio Arca commented on the challenge that terminated Alan Shearer’s career against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Julio Arca, a former Sunderland player, has reminisced on the collision that terminated Alan Shearer’s career, and has spoken about a song directed at the Newcastle United great while watching a Tyne-Wear derby as a spectator.
Shearer and Arca both began for Newcastle United and Sunderland in 2006, when the Magpies overcame the Black Cats 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.
Shearer was hauled off during the game after colliding with Arca, with the injury effectively terminating the former England captain’s career.
“I think they make it a lot bigger than what it was,” Arca said on the UndrTheCosh Podcast when asked about the tackle by former Sunderland colleague Chris Brown. “We playing Newcastle and we got beat I think 4-0.”
Brown corrected the former Argentine left-back, saying, “We were 1-0 up at half-time.”
“I remember just me and him going for the ball, and he must have landed incorrectly because it wasn’t even a tackle, to be honest, we just went for the ball, and he landed incorrectly, and I think he tore his meniscus, no?”
“But, look, it wasn’t a malicious tackle, and people make it into something bigger.” Shearer was a superb footballer, in my opinion.”
Arca was then asked about a day when Sunderland faced Newcastle in 2014, and he went to St James’ Park with Wearsiders to watch his former team from the away end.
The visiting Sunderland fans urged the former Middlesbrough man to come up with a chant, and he has revealed why he chose a song about Newcastle legend Shearer.
“You know what, they got me into that,” Arca said, laughing. “I was going to watch Sunderland-Newcastle play away.” That day, Sunderland won 1-0. This is the first time I’ve gone away with the fans. “Julio, give us a song…” they said.
“I didn’t know a single song!”And one of my friends suggested I do this one, and when I started it, I thought to myself, “I’m going to be in big trouble here.”
“I didn’t really sing the whole song; I just said, ‘Shearer is…’ and then stopped, and everyone joined in.” It was just friendly banter.”