According to Chronicle Live, Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez has said that his side will take more risks when Arsenal visit St James’ Park after the international break.
This is a move that needs to happen, after he fielded remarkably defensive sides against Chelsea and Man City in The Magpies’ previous two fixtures. Newcastle are still without a win in the Premier League this season, earning just the solitary point at newly promoted Cardiff, and Benítez must change something.
In the past, a manager that has had a defensive mindset against the likes of Chelsea and Man City, would usually stick to the same against Arsenal, however, Benítez obviously sees a weakness in Unai Emery’s team, and hopes to exploit it.
The Gunners are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, averaging two goals conceded per match. Rather than simply sitting back and hoping to suppress Newcastle, attack may be the best form of defence.
However, the risk here is that Arsenal possess plenty of firepower of their own, and while they have shown that they are not the best defensive outfit, the have an attack to be feared. This could potentially lead to a game with plenty of goals, but if this leads to a victory, fans will not complain. Supporters do not want to turn up each week and see a team play with effectively nine defenders, and that mindset can change when Arsenal visit.
Newcastle need to do something to get their season on track. While Chelsea and Man City would be deemed very tough games, Arsenal should be easier. This may well be a risk that pays off for the Spaniard.