Arsene Wenger has given Newcastle a glimmer of hope ahead of the match on Saturday.
The Arsenal manager says that his players could be feeling the effects of two tough games against West Ham and Monaco.
The Gunners won both mathes, 3-0 and 2-0 respectively, though of course they went out of the Champions League on away goals over the two legs.
“West Ham was a very physical game and we paid for it in the second half of the Monaco game – it is a concern.
“We have good memories at Newcastle but they are always very tight and difficult games, the crowd are always motivated.”
John Carver was full of it in advance of the Everton match, how Newcastle had had all the time in the world to prepare for the game at Goodison, whilst the relegation threatened opposition had to come through a tough Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev.
As we all know, it did Newcastle little good and they were lucky to escape with a three goal defeat.
Taking on Arsenal looks a bit frightening considering the two sides’ respective form, no matter how ‘motivated’ the Newcastle fans are.
No wonder Wenger has some good memories, in the last eight visits to St. James’ Park he hasn’t lost a single time.
In fact you have to go back ten years to find the last win at home for Newcastle against Arsenal, a late Nobby Solano goal winning it for United.