Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka believes Newcastle have been unlucky in their opening four games of the season. The North East outfit endured a tough summer as Rafael Benitez struggled to get his preferred targets through the door.
Newcastle have fallen to defeats at the hands of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, while their only point so far came from a goalless draw with Cardiff.
Dubravka has played down concerns over their form and insists they are in good shape as they prepare to take on Arsenal on Saturday.
“I don’t agree if anyone says we (Newcastle) are not in a good shape,” Dubravka said.
“We’ve played against very tough opponents and in all of the games, they were very close and we have missed a little bit of luck, especially against Tottenham.
“We could easily have taken a draw against Chelsea and unfortunately we didn’t win against Cardiff, but we created chances and stood compact, and if we play like we did against Manchester City – especially in the second half – we can be successful.
“We hoped that we could change something (after Man City went 2-1 up), we tried to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, but of course it’s difficult when you play against Man City at their stadium.
“It was a tough game but it showed that we have brilliant players ourselves and we have confidence for the next games.”