Newcastle started the current bad stretch when both Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino were injured after both had been playing well for the side.
Our defense quickly started to fray, and we conceded too many goals – 15 in a five-game stretch – and that from a Rafa Benitez team was surprising.
But in the last two games – although we have lost both of them against Everton and Arsenal the score was just 1-0.
Both Lascelles and Merino are back again and starting to play well again.
And for the game at the Emirates on Saturday 21-year-old Merino is our Man of the Match with 49% of the vote.
Mikel Merino – beating Jack Wilshire on Saturday
And Jamaal is second in the voting with 14%.
We need these two to stay fit, and we could start to pick up some wins soon – which we need badly.
Merino has class, and he was a steal for around £6M from Borussia Dortmund.
He doesn’t have a lot of experience, but the good news is he will improve as the season progresses.