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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has conceded that his side’s current run of form has simply ‘not been good enough’ as they prepare to Arsenal on Monday night.
Pardew’s side have struggled to find any kind of consistency in the closing stages of the campaign, losing their last five league games.
However, there is no immediate concern over the safety of the club as they sit comfortably in ninth place with three games to go and no worry about being dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Pardew said: “Every game in the Premier League is very important, whether you are the Newcastle manager or the Arsenal manager.
“What I do know is that for us, our recent run has not been good enough for our fans – they have made that very, very clear – and it certainly hasn’t been good enough for me and my staff, and I include the players in that.”
The Magpies boss has been the target of protests from some sections of the fans due to his side’s lack of edge on the pitch.
Newcastle’s form started to slide during Pardew’s ban from the sidelines, following his incident with Hull midfielder David Meyler.
The departure of Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January has also had a detrimental effect on results and Pardew insists that there has to be a marked improvement next term.
Arsenal are favourites to pick up the win on Monday and strengthen their grip on fourth place priced at 1.24 with Newcastle the underdogs at 10.54 to win and the draw available at 5.93.