Petr Cech is expecting a tough game on Saturday.
The goalkeeper has already conceded eight goals in the four matches so far this season and will be looking for both he and his defence to tighten up.
Last season saw Newcastle beat Arsenal at home for the first time since 2006 with Ritchie scoring the winner (see above), a lot of people blaming Cech for Perez’ earlier equaliser, when the keeper was beaten at his near post.
The goalkeeper was relieved to win at Cardiff (3-2) in their second away game, having only won four away matches all last season.
Only Manchester City won more at home than Arsenal’s 15 but on away wins it was 16 to Man City compared to the Gunners’ four, that away form costing them a place in the Champions League according to Petr Cech.
Rafa Benitez was only at Chelsea as interim manager for a matter of months but with the help of Cech he gave the undeserving Chelsea fans a Europa League trophy and qualification for the Champions League.
After winning their last two games against strugglers West Ham and Cardiff, Petr Cech wants to ‘carry on the momentum’, whilst for Rafa and the Newcastle fans, Saturday will be when NUFC’s momentum kicks off.
Petr Cech talking to Sky Sports:
“Last season, obviously the difference between being in the Champions League and Europa League was down to our away form.
“We are aware of that and it was good to see that at Cardiff, in our second away game, we won it.
“We want to carry on the momentum.
“We are in a position where we dropped points in the first two games, now we need to keep winning to be able to close the gap at the top, if the top teams slip.
“This time we go to Newcastle, we expect a difficult game – I know Rafa Benitez.
“He is a very experienced coach with big tactical ability.
“He will set up his team which is always difficult to play against, so we expect a tough game.”