ALAN Pardew is confident Newcastle United can hit Arsenal where it hurts at the Emirates Stadium.
Newcastle take on Arsene Wenger’s team tomorrow in a televised game.
And Pardew - whose side scored three goals at Old Trafford at Boxing Day - is looking for another enterprising attacking performance.
Arsenal - like Manchester United - are vulnerable at the back, and Pardew believes his players can exploit their defensive frailities.
“It will be a similar scenario,” Pardew told SportMail.
“Both teams play a little bit differently, as you would imagine. They will match us up in midfield - we won’t get as much joy in that area - but I still think we can hurt them.
“The league suggests that Man United have stronger assets, and we need to focus on the weaknesses of Arsenal and try to hurt them.”
While Pardew was heartened by Newcastle’s attacking play at Old Trafford, he was also frustrated at the defending which allowed Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to come from behind three times and eventually win 4-3 thanks to a 90th minute goal from Javier Hernandez.
“As magnificent as the team played and performed, and as resilient and brave as they were, we conceded goals I don’t think we should have conceded,” he said.
“That’s a concern, but I would be even more worried if we had not have shown the quality that we showed offensively.
“We looked a threat all game. We definitely have a larger threat with (Sylvain) Marveaux and (Gabriel) Obertan coming into the team.”
Pardew will be without suspended defender Mike Williamson, while midfielder Vurnon Anita will be absent because of the ankle injury he suffered under a crude challenge from Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford.
However, Anita’s midfield colleague Cheik Tiote returns from a one-game ban.
Pardew felt Tiote needed a rest, and he believes Williamson will also come back stronger from an enforced lay-off.
“Cheik coming back helps - he’s rested,” said Pardew.
“Williamson’s suspension was hanging over us, and I think that has been our problem – a lack of competition in the back four.
“I haven’t been able to give them a rest. At Man United, they got a little bit tired towards the end. So Willo being suspended will be good for him.
“It’ll give him a much needed rest in my opinion, even if it is just for a game.”