3,4613,461viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Ben CollinsAll times stated are UKPosted at 10:0710:07Post updateArsenal v Newcastle (Sun, 16:30 GMT)Steve Bruce takes his Newcastle side to Arsenal level on points with the Gunners…
Steve Bruce takes his Newcastle side to Arsenal level on points with the Gunners and victory at the Emirates could put them in 10th place.
We’re set to hear from Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta later.
Steve Bruce was not a popular appointment by Newcastle last summer. Even if he can steer the Magpies to a top-half finish then perhaps he’ll be accepted by the Toon Army but he still won’t be as popular as this fella.
Former Newcastle striker and manager Kevin Keegan turns 69 today.
Despite having several players out injured, the Magpies are four unbeaten in the Premier League, a run which has lifted them to 12th in the table.
“We’ve got 13 games to go and have got ourselves in a decent position,” said boss Steve Bruce. “It gives us the platform to have a decent season.
“I think we’ve done OK. We’ve had huge problems over six weeks and fair play to the squad for showing that resilience.”
So, with one Premier League gameweek being spread over two weekends, it’s given every club a two-week break from league action.
The FA Cup replays reduced that break for some Premier League clubs, including Newcastle as they had to face Oxford last Tuesday.
But Steve Bruce has been happy with the break from league commitments, adding: “It was good timing for all of us.
“It’s a pity it was cut short a bit but we’ve had five or six days off, which is refreshing for anybody.
“Joelinton and [Miguel] Almiron, who’ve played constantly, needed a break more than anybody and they’ve come back OK.”
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: “We’re just going to assess if it’s too early for [Yoshinori] Muto and [Dwight] Gayle but they’re training.
“Andy Carroll still isn’t right. We expected him to be OK but unfortunately he’s not. Thankfully it’s not his ankle but it’s his hip flexor which isn’t quite right.”
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said: “Jonjo Shelvey is still out unfortunately but we don’t think he’s going to be too long. Maybe another week and we’ll have four or five back.
“The two new boys [Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro] will come straight back into the squad and they give me options.”
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is first to face the media today and he began his news conference with an injury update…
And thanks for joining us as we prepare for the return of Premier League action. It’s the second half of the mid-season break and last weekend was a bit of a damp squib – literally – with Storm Ciara putting paid to Manchester City’s fixture with West Ham.
But we’ve got six games to look forward to this weekend and there are no less than seven news conferences scheduled for today. Stick with us and we’ll bring you all the best lines.