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🗣️ Steve Bruce speaks ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Arsenal


Newcastle manager Steve Bruce spoke to the media ahead of his side’s trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

We’ve broken down all the best bits for your reading pleasure …


On the injury news …

“Joelinton will be fit to play against Arsenal on Sunday. Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle have trained and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Andy Carroll (hip) and Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) remain sidelined.”


On Joelinton finding form …

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“I’m sure he’ll progress. The one thing you can’t level at him – he never shies away from it. He picks himself [up] every week and trains every day.

There are signs of improving and signs of getting used to playing in England, which can only be a good thing.”


On the potential takeover …

“No update from me, nothing as far as I’m concerned.”


On the Longstaff contract situations …

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“Ongoing. I hope we can get them tied up but players these days have their own prerogative – so you have to respect that too.”


On whether Newcastle are safe yet …

“We’re not blasé enough to say we’ve done enough yet (to avoid relegation).

There are still 10 or so teams looking over their shoulder. We know we need to keep going and focus on the games ahead.


On Lazaro adapting quickly …

“If he settles quickly, and gets used to playing in England – we know we’ve got a quality player on our hands.”