Most Arsenal fans will be relieved when this boring interlull finally ends and we can get back to proper football again as the Gunners are set to travel to St James Park to take on Rafa Benitez’s relegation candidates.
The Magpies are still winless but have had very tough opening fixtures against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City, although they did manage a point away at Cardiff. Although they played those three top teams, they did manage to score in all of them registering 2-1 defeats in all three matches, and Rafa Benitez believes his team will have more chances against Arsenal. “I think the positive is the way we were going at the end of these games with chances,” Benitez said after the defeat to City. “That is something that helps in terms of the confidence of the team and they know, when you talk with them, that we were close.
“That is the positive, and that is also the message for the future. We have players now on the international break, but some players will stay there. We will analyse things. We will talk about what we did well and what we can improve on.
“We do that all the time, and you can see that the team is getting better. The performance in defence against Chelsea was really good. Today, against another fantastic team – they won the league by a massive distance – against this team, we were there.”
“Obviously, Arsenal will be tough, because it’s another top side, but maybe we have a little more chance. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s bad, because you take more risks, but you have to do it.”
So it sounds like he fully intends to take the game to Arsenal, and as our defence has continued to be very shaky we can expect many chances at both ends. Let’s just hope that we can end up scoring more than Newcastle, like we did against West Ham and Cardiff City…..