Rafa Benitez was again upbeat at his press conference which started at 1:30pm today.
Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are both fit and training and will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game against the Gunners at home.
Rafa has also said in his opinion – Jonjo should be in the England team.
Rafa has also been giving some advice to Jamaal Lascelles on fatherhood this week.
Jamaal has had a bit more sleep of late after his partner gave birth to their first baby.
And we assume he’s OK and ready to go for tomorrow’s game – no falling asleep in the penalty area tomorrow!
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
Here’s what Rafa has said about the game tomorrow:
“I think confidence is high in terms of mentality, team spirit and the way we work. We know that we have to win, and with every game, we are closer.”
“We are playing against a very good team but we have to approach it with the belief that we can do what we did last year.”
“He (Unai Emery) likes to have his team organized. The way they were playing was very similar to when I was at Valencia and Liverpool – organized, pressing, passing the ball.”
“I have known him for a long, long time. He enjoys his job and I think he will do well.”
“Arsenal will try to keep the ball and pass the ball quick. They have players with ability – one vs. one, they can make the difference.”
“They can play a counter-attacking game and a possession game because they have enough quality.”
“With the fans pushing and supporting, we have a chance – for sure.”
“Sometimes you can have all of the tactics right and one player can make the difference.”
“Hopefully that player will be our player and we’ll be talking about three points for us.”
A healthy percentage of Newcastle fans think we can get our first win of the season tomorrow – that would be excellent!