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Atsu's Newcastle cancel Christmas party to focus on matches

18 December 2017, 01:18 | Nina Mathis

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Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal is challenged by Mikel Merino of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium

"Obviously, Arsenal away is always a tough game but we've a few fixtures coming up now where we need to make sure we use the same attitude and the same commitment against teams that we can pick up points against".

Benítez is undergoing one of the worst spells of his managerial career as Newcastle have slipped to 16th in the table, one point above the relegation zone after losing seven and drawing one of their last eight league games and could drop into the bottom three if defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday. We have to talk. I had a conversation with Lee about the players we maybe want to bring in and others who can go out. The fans knew what happened in the summer and we are working hard to put things right. "Overall we deserved to win", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has urged supporters to stay calm despite seeing their side fall to a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat this afternoon.

"It's frustrating [not to get anything from the game]", he added.

Newcastle improved in the second half but were unable to score.

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil stumbles during a challenge with Newcastle United's Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino during the English Premier League football match between
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil stumbles during a challenge with Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino

"Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, sometimes it's the final decision".

Mesut Ozil scored a superb volley to settle a close game in favour of Arsenal and hand the Gunners a much-needed victory in their quest to finish inside the top four. "For a while, we were in the game, and that's the only positive thing".

"We had our chances (against Arsenal)".

"We are learning, it's a learning process we must do quickly if we are to get results now, but it's a long, long season".

"We need to make sure we take care of that responsibility because that is part of playing for the club, not just on the pitch but off it as well".

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