You will not find too many pundits that predict Newcastle will get anything but a defeat and maybe a heavy defeat at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon as we will try to see out way out of the bottom three.
But since we are 2 points behind 4th bottom Norwich a win is what it would take at the Emirates – which is unlikely at best.
Paul Merson – 3-0 to Arsenal
This is what Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has said about the game tomorrow – our first of 2016:
“I can’t see anything but an easy Arsenal win here. It was a bad result for Newcastle at West Brom, although I did feel for goalkeeper Karl Darlow as he had done well up to the goal.”
“It was so important Arsenal got back to winning ways after the defeat by Southampton. That’s what champions would do, and they came through thanks to more magic from Mesut Ozil.”
“I think it will be a walk in the park for the Gunners, and Newcastle will probably look at this as damage limitation, making sure they do not get a good beating.”
Paul predicts a 3-0 home win.
And for Newcastle to survive this season it’s going to take a top ten finish out of our remaining 19 games if we are to get 23 points and reach that 40 points total – which usually – but not always – is enough points to survive.
That’s how low Newcastle have fallen – to have to talk about whether or not we will survive this season.
We are also coming off probably the worst year in the history of Newcastle United.
Heads would roll in any other company so that those responsible for creating the debacle are at least held accountable – but we suppose that doesn’t happen in football – well not at Newcastle anyway.
And that’s another sign that Newcastle is simply a woefully run football club.
And notice we have not heard a squeak from Managing Director Lee Charnley.
We need to beat Arsenal tomorrow to turn this thing around.