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There’s no need to be afraid

5 years ago

Only one more match and four days of this transfer window to go, before we’ll have all the time in the world to reflect on what has happened so far.

Purely a guesstimate on the transfer side of things but I can see a flurry of fringe players leaving, either on loan or permanent deals, whilst I think any incoming signing is pretty unlikely.

For more immediate matters, Arsenal on Saturday, a club that we have a truly shocking record against for some time.

I’m not expecting the kind of all out attack that Sir Bobby or Kevin Keegan might have ordered, more a case of shedding a few unnecessary layers of worrying too much about the opposition.

Defeat against West Ham at the Emirates, a slightly fortunate win at Palace, then Monday night’s lucky point against Liverpool, be wary of them because the have got some very good players, but no need to be afraid.

In Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, de Jong and Sissoko, Newcastle have potential match winners, some obviously more likely than others.

At last we have moved on from a situation where the Gunners would replace two or three quality players with a similar standard from the bench, whilst we wondered who was the least worse to come on and change things somehow.

Not saying Newcastle should overpower Saturday’s visitors but now United can fight fire with fire.

A rearguard action was probably the right way to go against Manchester United, especially with new players such as Mitrovic and Mbemba still finding their way.

Whilst on Tuesday night the players did everything asked of them as they dispatched Northampton in some style, yes they may be League Two but how many times in recent years have Newcastle taken a lower league team apart like that…?

At least one, maybe two, of Arsenal’s first choice centre-backs should miss the game, the stage is set.

Obviously we’ll be disappointed if Newcastle get nothing out of the match but surely what will hurt more is if the team don’t step it up and at least try to stamp their quality on the game.

No doubt most fans now have an image in their head of a lovely flighted ball from Florian Thauvin picking out Mitrovic to bullet header the ball into the back of Cech’s net.

One win in 19 games against Arsenal and 10 years since Newcastle beat them at home, St James Park now awaits the dawning of a new era and no better time than Saturday lunchtime.


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