John Carver has made bizarre claims ahead of the clash with Arsenal on Saturday.

The Newcastle Head Coach has said that nobody needs to be in any doubt as to just how ready his players will be to take on the Gunners.

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Carver talks as though United are in great form and that facing Arsenal is usualy anything other than a nightmare.

Maybe he has been given a self-help programme on positive thinking, or in other words – ignoring reality.

John Carver:

“You know what our group of players are like – they don’t need to be motivated for Arsenal at home.”

Returning to planet earth…Newcastle have won only three of their last sixteen matches, starting that run with a 4-1 hammering at…Arsenal.

Sadly we know all too much about our players, nobody doubts the commitment of all, or at least most, of them – but a small squad in terms of both numbers and quality are looking in real trouble.

I haven’t met a single person this weeek who doesn’t believe two things.

Firstly, that Newcastle are going to get beat.

Secondly, it will be by multiple goals.

That isn’t been pessimistic but looking at two clubs at opposite ends of the spectrum.

One full of flair, form and goals.

The other struggling to even put a defence out and creating chances looking ever less likely.

You always have a puncher’s chance in any match but for John Carver to come out and talk up his players in this over the top way is just setting them up for a fall.

Looking back over the actual record between the two clubs, Carver’s comments just look ever worse.

The last six meetings have seen six Arsenal wins and 18 goals conceded.

The last time Newcastle beat them; Andy Carroll scored the winner, Chris Hughton was manager, we’d never heard of Alan Pardew and John Carver was a coach at Sheffield United in the Championship….

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