Rafa Benitez sure he can tempt players to join Newcastle

Rafa Benitez

Getty Rafa Benitez's men are sinking without a trace at present

"That is the Premier League".

Newcastle now sit in 16th position in the Premier League going into the weekend fixtures, one point above the drop zone.

A wonderful first-half Mesut Ozil volley was all that separated the sides as Arsenal missed their chances to kill off the game, leaving Newcastle to keep knocking at the door late on in hope of nicking a point.

However, Staveley's PCP Capital Partners could come to an agreement over January funding while the Premier League ratifies a change in ownership - if a deal is agreed this month.

But Elliot believes other clubs who are enjoying an upturn in results can show Newcastle the way as they look to get out of trouble over the festive period.

"That's just the start of what's to come for us", he said.

I don't even want to think about having to play Manchester City twice within three and a half weeks, but bottom line is, that four of our next five matches are against West Ham, Stoke, Brighton and Swansea, clubs that are all in the bottom six.

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Getty After a slow start Newcastle almost fought back to earn a point at Arsenal

"We did well in defence against a team with pace and quality".

"We'll see if we can progress this discussion in a few days". The main thing for me is to be sure that the team continue working like today.

"We need to carry on with the good performances, stay strong at the back and not concede".

"This group of players is working so hard, so I could not have said to them you do not deserve to do this or that - they are giving everything".

"There aren't too many options with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it's not easy, but you have to do your research everywhere".

"When I was at Liverpool, people were saying "oh Rafa, he's signing these young players, they are not good enough", recalled Benitez. They gave everything. We are where we are and have what we have.

Asked about outgoings, Benitez said: "It depends on the market".

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