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Arsenal can kick-start our season: Hughes.

Byline: By Alan Oliver

A battling Aaron Hughes believes Arsenal are the perfect opponents for Newcastle United to kick-start their season tonight, (writes Alan Oliver).

Arsenal are the only team United have not played in the top 10 team this season ( and the black-and-whites haven't beaten any of the other nine. This, allied to the fact that they have not won any of their last five Premiership matches, hardly bodes well for tonight.

But the long-serving Hughes (pictured) told me today: "This is a massive game for us and hopefully we can use our home advantage. Indeed, maybe we need a big game like this to kick-start our season.

"The effort has been there and at times we have been playing well without getting the reward we deserve.

"It will just take something to turn it all round and then we will be up and running again.

"Obviously, we are coming into the New Year now and this needs to happen sooner rather than later, but we are all sticking together and keeping going and trying to turn our season round."

The 25-year-old Hughes is almost certain to play tonight as Graeme Souness checks on the injury situation involving Titus Bramble and Robbie Elliott.

The Northern Ireland skipper now has over 250 appearances to his name in a black-and-white shirt but he would love to do what his fellow defender Elliott once did ( score the winning goal against Arsenal.

That was back in 1996-97, and at Highbury at that, when Elliott headed the only goal from a corner kick.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2004
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