Tonight we play Newcastle in an old and history laden fixture. Newcastle are one of those clubs that have been around for ages and have a traditional flavour about them. Generally flattering to deceive they are currently having some moments in the sun so they present a challenge.
These are the games when you show what you’re made of; taking the opportunity to capitalise on your enemy’s failings. A couple of weeks ago Arsenal were looking at a13 point deficit in league positions between us and the enemy. At the final whistle tonight that gap may be closed to just a single point.
That’s quite something, that’s a response from the team. But let us not assume anything. Newcastle are decent and have hung on in there all season. We must not underestimate them tonight; that would be foolhardy, but we must also embolden ourselves by remembering that we are the team that sunk Sp*rs, grabbed victory from Liverpool, battered Milan, tonked Chelsea and are scoring for fun at home.
Lets also not forget how objectionable Pardew is and a chance to beat his boys is a good way to wipe that smug look off his face.
Tonight is about turning the screw in our quest to finish as high up the league table as we can. Tonight is about showing true character, about bringing the performance level against Milan into every remaining game. It’s about we the supporters recreating the recent atmosphere at the Emirates.
It's another step towards the Champions League, another step towards being London's number one and it’s another step towards St Totterinhgham’s day.