Arsenal vs Newcastle: Michael Owen delivers Premier League prediction

Arsenal stars looked happy as they completed preparations for their game against Newcastle

Arsenal stars looked happy as they completed preparations for their game against Newcastle

With takeover talks at the club continuing, Benitez was asked how he will guide Newcastle out of their recent rut, to which he told Sky Sports: "We will keep working harder and improve little things that have to change".

The manager believes that if the team repeat that level of performance then "we will have a couple of games where we get better results".

The club dropped into the Premier League's relegation zone after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. We have an idea [what we can do in January].

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"They want to give a very clear message that they care and they want to do things right so they have made a decision to cancel their Christmas party", the former Liverpool boss told reporters.

"I was talking with Lee Charnley, the managing director, and we know more or less what we have".

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. Despite the Toon's squad being fairly healthy right now, Rafa Benitez hasn't lead his team to a win since the end of October.

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

Mesut Ozil's stunning first half volley was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win, though Newcastle can count themselves somewhat unlucky to have left empty-handed. On the pitch you can win or not, but they realise that they have to be focused on doing things right. "We had plenty of chances". We have to move forward quickly. We have great togetherness, so I think it's an appropriate time when the club is not where we want to be that we knuckle down and we think about football, concentrate exclusively on that and make sure that every focus is on the game. "Things will be different because the distance is not too big in the table".

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