Newcastle won their game last season at Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with Newcastle winning 1-0 with a headed goal form Andy Carroll just before half time.
James Perch – looking for the win on Monday night
But that ended up being the last win under Chris Hughton, because in our next five league games we lost three and drew two.
And after being beaten 3-1 at West Brom on Sunday 5th December, Chris was sacked the next day to the complete shock of Newcastle fans, and everybody else for that matter.
But Newcastle will find Arsenal in the best form of the season on Monday, and they have also won their last four league games, so it will hardly be an easy game for the Magpies, who themselves are coming into some good form now they are at full strength.
James Perch will be on the bench again on Monday night, and he thinks Newcastle could even get another win in a game that is being televised live around the world:
“Arsenal are on a great run at the moment and I don’t think there’s ever a great time to play them,” “They are always a good team, a passing team with great players.”
“But what we’ve got is a team spirit and a good team and we can take that down there. We will put in 100 per cent just like we did last year when we played there and got the win.”
“I think I was suspended or injured for that fixture so wasn’t there, but it shows that there is nothing to fear from a game like this.”
“At the end of the day if we do what we’ve done in previous games where we’ve gone away from home, set our stall out and taken it to people, then I don’t see why we can’t get another win down there.”
The last few times James has played for Newcastle, he has done well and had good games at Blackburn and Brighton earlier this year.
However, with all the top players back, he will be on the bench again on Monday night, and could see some playing time only if Newcastle are ahead late in the game, and Alan Pardew wants to tighten things up in defensive midfield.
We are not really expecting anything out of the game on Monday, so if Newcastle can get anything at all – it will be a plus.
Then we have to make sure we get all 3 points at home to Norwich on the following Sunday at St. James’ Park, although that game will not be easy either.