A win tomorrow against a good Arsenal side will give Newcastle safety from relegation with 41 points from our 33 games played.
Newcastle are in form, and our players are confident, and it will be another tremendous atmosphere created by the fans at another sold-out St. James’ Park.
It’s all set up for a win, and a celebration of safety could ensue when the final whistle blows.
But although the Gunners have had a miserable season let’s not fool ourselves – they are still an outstanding team with some world-class players.
They are also in the semi-finals of the Europa League – a miserable season indeed, but only at a club like Arsenal.
It will be a tough game for our lads who will again give everything for the cause.
Rafa Benitez – thumbs up from the manager
Newcastle are now starting to play like a real Rafa Benitez side – they are difficult to beat and never give up; it’s great to watch them play with the passion and commitment there for all to see.
Rafa will turn 58 on Monday, and he is well aware a win will give Newcastle safety after another long, tough season on Tyneside.
This is what the manager has said in the Chronicle today:
“We have to approach the game with that idea.” “It’s not ‘we are doing well and we can beat anyone’.”
“Yes, we can beat anyone IF we work as a team and IF we are together.”
“The fans can show their passion and intensity for us and we’ll need to show the commitment on the pitch.”
“It’s been there on the pitch and that commitment has also been in the stands.”
“Arsenal are also still one of the top sides.
“Even if they are not in a good position compared to what they are expecting they are still in the semi-final of the Europa League because they’ve done well.”
“They can win the Europa League and they have players who can win games for them single-handed on their day.”
“For us, this game represents a real challenge for us and an opportunity to show the confidence levels we have at the moment.”
“At the same time the reality is we are playing against one of the top sides in England.”
Arsene and Rafa are good friends and respect each other, and Rafa has always been supportive of Wenger during his recent difficult times at the Gunners.
But let’s be clear – Wenger is one of the best managers ever to manage in England – and that’s also true of Mr. Benitez.
It should be a good test tomorrow, and another win for the Magpies would be sensational.
It would be the first time we have beaten Arsenal since back on 7th November 2010 when Andy Carroll headed home the winner just before halftime.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.