Eddie Howe regards Newcastle’s trip to Arsenal on Tuesday night as a litmus test of their true potential this season.
“I think we’ll learn a lot,” he said. “I think it’ll be a fascinating, high-level game that’s going to be really good examination of how far we’ve come.”
This time last year Howe’s Newcastle were 19th in the Premier League and embroiled in a relegation struggle. They have risen to third, nine points behind Mikel Arteta’s table-topping Arsenal.
If much of that transformation is down to the manager’s stellar coaching, £215m of transfer market investment…