Gunners keeper expects tough test on Tyneside
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.