By Russell Edge

16th Dec, 2017 | 10:46pm

Benitez unveils Newcastle plan to end abysmal form, pins Arsenal defeat on one thing

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that the upcoming January transfer window will be crucial in helping the club escape their abysmal current run of form.

The Magpies have now gone nine games without a win after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, German playmaker Mesut Ozil’s sublime volley condemning Benitez and his men to their eighth defeat on that winless streak.

The result against the Gunners means that the north east side have picked up just one point from a possible 27, and have now slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after results elsewhere went against them.

When asked how he hoped to end the terrible run and escape the relegation battle, Benitez pointed to the winter transfer market as his answer, insisting that new arrivals will help boost the squad and push the Magpies up the table.

He also says that the reason his side lost against the Gunners was because they were lacking luck, and believes that in future games they will secure a positive result if they deliver a similar performance.

He told Sky Sports after the game: “Hopefully we can bring a few additions in January that will give us a lift and the team will have more balance.

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“We know more or less what we have. We just have to be sure we have the options and see if they are possible because sometimes January is very difficult.

“We were pushing and working so hard (against Arsenal). Sometimes you need a little bit of luck.

“If we continue doing that I am confident we will have games like today where we are luckier, score goal and win.”

Newcastle’s next match sees them travel to West Ham, a side they beat 3-0 at St James’ Park earlier in the season, with the Hammers on a three game unbeaten streak, with wins over Chelsea and Stoke as well as a draw against Arsenal.

In other Newcastle United news, the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger was full of praise for one Magpies figure after their clash.

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