Gun­ners keeper ex­pects tough test on Ty­ne­side

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PETR Cech is aim­ing to ban­ish Arse­nal’s woe­ful away form to the his­tory books in an attempt to re­turn to the Pre­mier League’s top four.

The Gun­ners missed out on Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year in Arsene Wenger’s fi­nal sea­son at the helm.

Just four vic­to­ries away from the Emi­rates Sta­dium, with a 1-0 win at Hud­der­s­field on the fi­nal day their only three-point haul on the road in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, was the main fac­tor.

Arse­nal fin­ished sixth, 12 points adrift of Liver­pool in fourth, with Jur­gen Klopp’s side win­ning five more away games through­out the sea­son.

Now un­der the guid­ance of head coach Unai Emery, Arse­nal went into the in­ter­na­tional break on the back of a 3-2 win at Cardiff and travel to New­cas­tle to­day look­ing for back-to­back away league wins for the first time since May 2017.

Arse­nal lost 2-1 at St James’ Park in April and, hav­ing played un­der New­cas­tle boss Rafael Ben­itez at Chelsea, Cech is not ex­pect­ing an easy ride against the Mag­pies.

“This time, we go to New­cas­tle and we ex­pect a dif­fi­cult game. I know Rafa Ben­itez, he is a very ex­pe­ri­enced coach with big tac­ti­cally abil­ity,” said Cech.

Petr Cech

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