Looking for some info on previous Newcastle v Arsenal matches, ahead of Saturday, I came across some blatant mistakes.
Obviously they all (the sites I was looking at) had a blind spot where matches between Newcastle and Arsenal were concerned, as surely these statistics couldn’t be true..?
When would you say the last occasion was when Arsenal were sent packing from St James Park with zero points?
How have Newcastle fared in the last seven matches, home and away, against the Gunners?
How many wins have United had in the last 19 competitive matches against Arsene Wenger and his team?
Remember, this is Arsenal who are famous for finishing top four every year, no more no less. They are good but no world beaters.
It is actually 10 December 2005 when Newcastle last beat Arsenal at home (watch the quality Nobby Solano goal that did it below), ten years!
In fact Newcastle have lost every one of the last seven games they have played, home and away, against Arsenal.
I couldn’t believe it, though I suppose when I started to think I did struggle to remember many feeling good moments against the Arsene Wenger boys.
In contrast I can easily recall beating Chelsea several times in the last few years, including the 2-1 last season, only last Autumn did Newcasle win at Manchester City in the League Cup, whilst Manchester United were beaten at Old Trafford the season before.
It gets worse with Arsenal the farther you go back, the Andy Carroll 1-0 win in November 2010 is the only time in 19 matches that Newcastle have beaten Arsenal in any game.
A bit further and we get to only two wins in 30 encounters, then 4 wins in 40, this is getting shocking!
It is all a far cry from when Newcastle beat the Gunners four matches in a row under Kevin Keegan, back in 1994-96 (2-0, 2-3, 1-0, 2-0).
I know we have Northampton to get out of the way first but surely it is time we gained a bit of revenge this Saturday.
Get Mitrovic in amongst them and with Thauvin, Janmaat and others, get the ball in the box and cause havoc, whilst at the same time the defence will be undre scrutiny to prove that the Old Trafford clean sheet is not just a one-off.
These seven defeats in a row (home and away) to Arsenal have seen Newcastle concede 20 goals.
A perfect time this coming weekend to officially launch the Steve McClaren era at St James Park, bring it on.