Steve McClaren has said today that he thinks the game at Arsenal tomorrow is one of Newcastle’s biggest tests of the season and we come into the game having taken only one point from the last three games against much lesser sides than the Gunners.
We are 3rd bottom of the league and the Gunners are in great form at the moment and the current favorites to win the Premier League.
In addition Arsenal have won their last eight league games against Newcastle.
So what does all that mean?
A great time for Newcastle to pull of a massive upset – obviously.
Arsenal’s legendary manager Arsene Wenger
And after a terrible 2015 it would be very good to get off to a good start to this year – which we are hoping and praying will be a lot better than last year – which was simply a terrible living nightmare for Geordie fans.
This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has said about tomorrow’s game:
“It’s definitely one of our biggest tests of the season.” “Arsenal have had some injuries but they’re still maintaining their form and getting results. At this stage, I’d say they are certainly favorites for the title – but it’s only half-time.”
“But I believe in the squad that we have. They’ve shown already that they can compete with some of the biggest sides in the league and I expect them to put in a performance this weekend.” “A collective organisation, good discipline and a certain amount of aggression will be required from us to get a result.”
“We’ve come across many good players over the season and Ozil is another one we have to contend with – but he’s not the only one,” “Olivier Giroud is scoring goals left, right and center, Theo Walcott is coming into form and Aaron Ramsay is another very good midfield player.”
“Despite what they’re missing, they still have plenty of quality.”
Arsenal are getting back to their best and they are a great side to watch and certainly Mesut Ozil is showing what a world-class player he is.
And in our poll even our own fans expect it will end up in a defeat.
So we have Arsenal exactly where we want them – all we have to do now is have our players turn up ready to play out of their skins – and they can shock everybody tomorrow afternoon.