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Newcastle's shocking run of form continued at weekend as Swansea City left Tyneside with all three points. Despite Shola Ameobi giving the Magpies the lead in the first half, the Swansea became the latest side to dispose of Alan Pardew's side as Wilfried Bony hit a brace - including an injury time penalty - to clinch the win. Manager Pardew is under increasing pressure at St. James' Park, but says he hopes his return to the sidelines against Arsenal will bring around a turn in fortunes after another tough loss.
“It (Swansea result) was as disappointing as it comes really. We had a couple of injuries early in the game which changed our game plan a little bit, which threw us. The stadium couldn’t have helped us more, they was as positive as they could be with the recent results", said Pardew.
“I think it is important the manager is on the sidelines, his presence can certainly raise the level of players with a word or two. I think maybe could have influenced a little bit from there, particularly in a tight game like this (Swansea) and at Stoke. I’ll be pleased to be back there against Arsenal but we have a lot of work to do before then," he added.
The Magpies have been struggling to hit the back of the net recently due to the injury to top goalscorer Loic Remy, but they need to come to terms with his absence sooner rather than later, with the QPR loanee set to head back to West London this summer before being sold on to a bigger club - but with a call-up to the France World Cup squad on the horizon, Remy has thanked Newcastle for this season.
“I know that I have to be playing well for my team if I want to be part of the France squad, so it is important that I help Newcastle have a good finish to the season. If we are winning games and I score a few more goals then it will be a good enough end to the season."
“If I make the squad it will mean I have had a good season with Newcastle and it will be the biggest moment of my career so far. I will have to thank Newcastle for making that happen", said Remy.
The Magpies' season is petering out but there will be planning behind the scenes as they look to strengthen their squad, and Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel is the latest name to be linked with a move to the North East. The former Sevilla speedster, 26, is reportedly available for €5m this summer, and has also attracted the interest of rivals Sunderland. But with the Black Cats potentially playing next season in the Championship, Newcastle would be clear favourites to land Capel.