Fit-again Christian Atsu is upbeat about the chances of Newcastle United in Saturday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.
After staying out for close to two months, Atsu made an injury return in the defeat to Leicester City last weekend as a second half substitute. He then saw full action against Everton in a midweek clash.
The Magpies are without a win since October after beating Crystal Palace. They’ve gone eight game recording seven defeats and a draw.
With Arsenal failing to win in their last two games and look determined to bounce back in a winning style, the 25-year-old Ghana international also has plans to inspire his side to pick their first victory in two months.
“We know Arsenal will every difficult – the same as Everton,” he told NUFC TV.
“Every game is very difficult for us but we need to keep working hard and try to keep a clean sheet.”
“I believe we created a lot of chances, we could have scored more goals and won the game, but that’s football. We conceded, they all went back and we’ve tried to break through them. In the second half, I think they were more defensive, but in all we were the better team and unlucky that we lost.”
“From what I have seen, I think we are improving – especially in this game, and even in the Leicester game, we have improved. They didn’t create more chances than us – like defensively we were better and offensively we were good, so that is a positive thing for the team.
“We keep fighting and working hard. The next game is the most important.”
Speaking about his fitness, the former Porto man revealed he will soon be back to his rocking form.
“I am getting better and I’m trying to get back to my best. I’m trying to improve my fitness but more important is trying to work to improve the team.”