Newcastle fans livid with attacker following Arsenal defeat - 'Brutal'

Newcastle fans livid with attacker following Arsenal defeat - 'Brutal'

Newcastle fans livid with attacker following Arsenal defeat - 'Brutal'

"When I was at Liverpool, people were saying "oh Rafa, he's signing these young players, they are not good enough", recalled Benitez.

Benitez believes he can attract quality players to the club, despite sitting in 16th place in the table and just a point above the Premier League's relegation zone.

"I think we reacted really well..."

The fans know the team will be tough.

But Elliot believes other clubs who are enjoying an upturn in results can show Newcastle the way as they look to get out of trouble over the festive period.

"We had a couple of chances at the end, although they also had a couple of chances in the first half and could have won with a bigger margin".

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Getty After a slow start Newcastle almost fought back to earn a point at Arsenal

"When you get to this stage of the season, every game in the Premier League is a significant one".

Newcastle, whose only win in their last 13 league games came against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, take on West Ham next weekend.

"We need to be competitive like today and keep going", the Spaniard told the BBC.

"We had two or three chances, the [Ayoze Perez] header and Joselu's deflected shot, but at this time things are against us so we have to work harder to make things change". The point is, these aren't the most defensive teams, and David de Gea most definitely doesn't play for all of them.

"Our situation is that we did so well for a while (early in the season) that everybody was expecting that we could be in the top ten, but we knew that this team, coming back from the Championship past year and doing the things that we did (ED: and didn't do...) in the summer, had to be near the bottom of the table. We just have to be sure we have the options and see if they are possible because sometimes January is very hard".

Fans took to Twitter to name him as Newcastle's man of the match, noting that he is something of a bargain given that Arsenal counterpart Granit Xhaka cost exponentially more just over a year ago.

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