Newcastle United Cancels Christmas Party

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Newcastle missed out on key targets such as striker Tammy Abraham and goalkeeper Willy Caballero during a frustrating summer in the transfer market and Benitez hopes the club can enjoy more success in the January window.

Newcastle have now taken just one point from the last 27 on offer in the Premier League, but Benitez believes that a poor run of form at some stage was always to be expected for his promoted side.

"Arsenal have won their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle", Owen wrote in his BetVictor blog.

They were due to celebrate in London after Saturday's trip to Arsenal, but after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Gunners, the players have cancelled their end of year party.

Asked if he would celebrate Christmas with his staff, manager Rafael Benitez said: "Normally we will not do it, and the players have also chose to cancel their Christmas party because they have taken responsibility and they think it's important to focus on football".

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"We did well in defence against a team with pace and quality".

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".

Saturday's result also left Benitez without a victory away at Arsenal in seven attempts, but it was not for the want of trying, according to the Spaniard, who blamed misfortune for the defeat.

"We had our chances (against Arsenal)". Overall I feel we dominated.

"If we continue doing that I am confident we will have games like today where we are luckier, score goal and win". "Ozil's goal was a gem. To top it off with a goal like that is really good for him".

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