Newcastle have assigned press duties to assistant head coach Jason Tindall ahead of Saturday’s trek down to Arsenal. The press conference is scheduled for 9am on Friday morning.
Reports last night indicated there is a chance Eddie Howe could make the trip but it hinges on a negative Covid test on Friday. Apparently, his symptoms can be traced back to 10 days before his next scheduled test.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards is reporting that the club is moving forward under the assumption Howe will not be allowed to travel this weekend.
Eddie Howe will not know if he can be at Arsenal game until he takes another Covid Test. There is a chance he will be allowed but but assumption within the club at the moment is he will not be. Will know more when he takes test in next 48 hours #NUFC
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) November 24, 2021
Arsenal have already held their press conference for Saturday’s match. Mikel Arteta and the Gunners are coming off a 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool after a long unbeaten streak stretching back to early September.
Of course, Newcastle have not won a match this season and are currently bottom of the league table. However, Arteta doesn’t believe our league position is a fair reflection on the team.
Here is what the Spaniard said when asked about Newcastle’s struggles as published in football.london:
“What I have seen of them, no and from what I have seen of them in the last few games as well there were crucial moments where the game could have gone in a completely different way.
“We know the attacking threat they have, they have players that can hurt you in the last 30 meters of the pitch and we are going to have to be really conscious of that and play as well as we can.”
Newcastle put in a very attacking display against Brentford under the new management team. However, it wasn’t enough to pick up our first win of the season as our defensive liabilities again cost the club dearly.
Newcastle have struggled at the Emirates for a while now. However, the aim for Saturday will be to pick up three points. Hopefully, we’ll fare much better against the Gunners than last term where we lost all three meetings by a combined score of 7-0.
While Eddie Howe is unlikely to be on the touchline, he’ll have his influence on the match from his hotel room much like last weekend. Arteta was asked about Howe joining Newcastle and responded as follows:
“Obviously, there are some changes happening there, you can see the momentum that is building. It’s different, when you see the last game that they played as well, you see some different things.
“New manager, new coaching staff, so let’s be prepared.
“I admire Eddie for what he’s done in the league, his style of play, I know the coaching staff well. I’m sure they will be fully prepared.”