Chris Hughton says his players should be confident for tomorrow’s game with Arsenal, but they cannot be fearful if they are get a result at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon.
Chris Hughton – on the training field at Benton – LLambias in background
Newcastle hardly have a good record playing Arsenal in London, and in the last 10 games there we have lost 9 and drawn one – so what does that tell you? It tells us we are due a win at the Emirates tomorrow, that’s what it tells us.
Those streaks are there to be broken, and if Newcastle can play as well as they have done in their last two league games, when we won at West Ham in London, and hammered Sunderland last Sunday with a supreme performance of attacking football, , then we will be in with a fighting chance tomorrow.
Newcastle will have plenty of confidence from those two previous games and may even fancy their chances tomorrow afternoon.
This is what Newcastle manager Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It goes without saying – you have to be confident after that, how can you not be?” “But whether you’re confident or not, we are going to as tough a place as they come in Arsenal.”“Most would consider it one of the most difficult.”
“But we go there with confidence and the feel-good factor is there from the last couple of Premier League games.” “We must be mindful of the quality they have, but not fear it.”
Newcastle have another advantage in that they had had no mid-week game, and Arsenal only arrived back from the Ukraine early Thursday morning, and if it’s possible they may not be as prepared as they usually are for the game tomorrow – and we stress if it’s possible.
Arsenal suffered one of their rare European defeats on Wednesday night against Shakhtar Donetsk, but of course they did rest some of their top players, and the London side will be back to full strength for the visit of the Magpies, and will be even more determined to return to their winning ways tomorrow.
But there again, Arsenal are used to playing a couple of games a week, and have done that for many many years now under manager Arsene Wenger, and some of their best players like Fabregas, Song and Rosicky are all expected to return to the starting line up tomorrow.
“We are aware of what they achieved in their Carling Cup game and that they have also had a midweek game in the Champions League.”
“They were able to rest a number of their players in that game.” “But in view of whether they play them again or they rest them, one thing I do know is how they will play.”
“They play the same type of football throughout and we all know what it is.” “And whatever side they put out, it will be a top-class side.”
“There will be no surprises there. The way they play they can bring in quality players whenever they like.” “And we have to play as well as they do if we are to get a result.”
There’s no doubt that tomorrow’s game is a tough one – in fact one of the toughest of the season fort Newcastle – and we don’t expect to get too many league points from our trips to the Emirates, Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge this season.
But 3 points are on the line tomorrow, and we expect the Magpies to fight for a result tomorrow, and with some luck they could get something out of the game.
Anything but a defeat tomorrow will be a win for Newcastle.