Newcastle are without a win in eight games and while rumours of Amanda Staveley's takeover continue to rumble on , Rafa Benitez will need to focus his players on the task at hand.
And it's not an easy one. The Magpies travel to Arsenal at the weekend, a tricky task on paper but one for which they can look to fellow strugglers West Ham for inspiration.
The Hammers managed to keep Arsenal out on Wednesday night, and Newcastle will receive a big boost in confidence if they can do the same.
Newcastle Team News:
- Jonjo Shelvey suspended
Newcastle Recent Form:
- Newcastle 0-1 Everton
- Newcastle 2-3 Leicester
- Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
- West Brom 2-2 Newcastle
- Newcastle 0-3 Watford
- Man United 4-1 Newcastle
Newcastle Key Stats:
- Arsenal have won their last nine games against Newcastle, scoring 22 goals.
- Newcastle last won at the Emirates in 2010 (their first season back in the Premier League after they were last relegated).
- Rafa Benítez has never won away at Arsenal in the Premier League.
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