Jonas Gutierrez is keen to see Newcastle improve before the Wear-Tyne derby.
The Tyneside club put in a dreadful first-half performance, before coming out in the second with a new sense of urgency and purpose, and they were unfortunate to not pick up at least a point. A great goalkeeping display by Gunners’ stopper David Ospina was all that prevented a 2-2 draw, and for the Toon to break the bad run of form they are in.
It is this lack of attacking mentality that cost the team in the first-half, and Gutierrez said that the club must change their mentality from the beginning of games.
“We’ve been talking about it for a few weeks,” the Argentine winger said. “You can’t start a game late like that – it makes it difficult to come back. We have to change our mentality from the start.
“It’s no good playing well in the second half if we aren’t doing the right thing in the first. We have to start well from the beginning and work hard.”
Newcastle’s next game is the Wear-Tyne derby, and they should go into the tie as favourites, with Sunderland in even worse form than their North East rivals.
If they can get an early goal it is likely the Black Cats will collapse and suffer another defeat. However, the longer the game goes on at 0-0, the more chance Dick Advocaat’s men have to grow into the tie, and that could give him his debut victory as head coach.
If they start as they did against Arsenal, there is no doubt that the Magpies will make the job incredibly hard for themselves. Yet, if they put in the same level of performance as they did in the second half against Arsenal, John Carver will likely lead his club to a rare victory - and give him a better chance of keeping his job into next season.