Benitez hits latest rut as Newcastle fall into drop-zone

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"Obviously, Arsenal away is always a tough game but we've a few fixtures coming up now where we need to make sure we use the same attitude and the same commitment against teams that we can pick up points against".

"We are a team that came from the Championship and where we are now could be expected".

Naturally we are all desperate that this happens, no matter who owns the club, but Newcastle play West Ham, Brighton and Stoke by the close of New Year's Day and even Swansea on Saturday 13 January would be maybe too early for any new signings to be properly integrated, even if they are brought in as soon as the transfer window opens. We have an idea [what we can do in January].

"They're giving everything, but we are where we are and we have what we have".

"I had a meeting with Hicks and Gillett one time and they were talking about money available and "then we can go to the draft". It dropped Rafa Benitez's side into the relegation zone with 15 points from 18 matches.

The United boss happy with what he saw from his players against a side that had won 12 of their last 13 Premier League home matches.

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

Newcastle improved during the second half, but could not get back on level terms with the hosts.

"Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, sometimes it's the final decision".

Arsenal took the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to a sublime volley from midfielder Mesut Ozil. We have to move forward quickly.

"We had our chances (against Arsenal)". 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.

"We need to make sure we take care of that responsibility because that is part of playing for the club, not just on the pitch but off it as well. Things will be different because the distance is not too big in the table".

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