Arsene Wenger expecting ‘tight’ game at St James’s Park – despite Newcastle’s defensive crisis

PREDICTION ... Arsene Wenger.
PREDICTION ... Arsene Wenger.
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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger is expecting a “tight” game at St James’s Park tomorrow – despite Newcastle United’s defensive crisis.

Injuries and suspensions have left United head coach John Carver with just 13 fit senior outfield players.

And Carver has just one recognised senior centre-half – Mike Williamson – for the visit of Arsenal.

But Wenger – whose side are third in the Premier League – is still forecasting a “difficult” match for his team, who were knocked out of the Champions League this week.

“Newcastle is always very tight, very difficult games,” said Wenger.

“They always have a very motivated crowd, and they always play well against us.”

Arsenal won 1-0 at St James’s Park last season thanks to a goal from Olivier Giroud.