Newcastle’s next Premier League game is away to Arsenal, and former Magpies hero Laurent Robert believes they can go there and get something.
The Frenchman spoke to the club’s official website ahead of the game, reliving his classic moments against the Gunners.
Robert scored four times for Newcastle against Arsenal. His first was in December 2001, scoring in the 3-1 victory at Highbury that put Sir Bobby Robson’s side top of the table.
His last game for the Magpies was in 2005, where he famously stripped off after the game, but Robert has admitted that he still keeps an eye on his former side.
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“I know this season has been difficult for us, and last season too, but the manager is good and sometimes I know the team has played good but you need luck,” he told nufc.co.uk.
“On Monday, I will watch the game. You can have a good surprise because when the team play away, you can play on the counter-attack. And I know this season, when Newcastle haven’t got too much pressure, they can provide some surprises.”
Robert is right
While Arsenal have been very strong at home this season, there is no reason why Rafa Benitez can’t get a result.
We are seven points clear of the relegation zone, with Premier League safety looking very likely. Therefore, the pressure to get points is less, meaning we can play with a bit more freedom.
We should’ve got something at the Emirates last season, but were unable to find the net. This season we look a little bit more ruthless going forward, so there is reason to be optimistic.
Hopefully one of our current crop can channel their inner Robert and pull off a moment of magic.