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Newcastle will look to end their run of defeats with a win at Arsenal on Monday night, but manager Alan Pardew says he can't believe the terrible run of form the club are in, saying that he is 'gutted' with recent results on Tyneside, particularly the recent 2-1 loss to Swansea City, where an injury time penalty from Wilfried Bony sealed three points for the South Wales outfit.
"It is hard to believe really, when we beat Palace (in March) that we would end up like this," he said. "I'm absolutely gutted with events after the last-minute goal. I didn't think we deserved it. Unfortunately we are going to have to wear it."
His cause hasn't been helped by a number of injuries and some underwhelming transfer business after the sale of star player Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January. He wasn't replaced, and Newcastle have been sliding ever since. Striker Shola Ameobi, who is currently the longest serving Newcastle player in the squad, has moved to defend Pardew by slamming the recent transfer activity of the club.
“We have limited resources at the moment and when we lose one or two key players it hurts the team badly. That is what the manager has had to put up with, unfortunately. We need quality players and we need a quality squad as well", said Ameobi, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
With that in mind, it seems Newcastle are trying to put some deals in place ahead of the summer transfer window. Benfica winger Filip Djuricic has struggled to make in impact in Portugal after his summer move from Heerenveen last year, and it's been reported in Portugal that Djuricic has already met with Newcastle representatives over a summer move to the North East.
The 22-year-old Serbian was heavily linked with a move to Tyneside in the January transfer window, but a deal couldn't be reached - the Magpies will be hoping it's second time lucky.