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Benitez eyes January recruits after Arsenal drop Newcastle into bottom three | Match Report.

Mesut Ozil scored his third goal of the season with a superb volley

By BBC Sport



Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said his side "need something in January" after they dropped into the relegation zone with a fourth straight defeat at Arsenal.

The Magpies have lost eight of their last nine Premier League games, gaining just one point from a 2-2 draw at West Brom.

They rose to as high as fourth earlier in the season, and were in sixth place after beating Crystal Palace on 21 October, their last win to date.

"We'll try to bring in some additions that will bring a lift to the team," said Benitez.

Mesut Ozil's brilliant volleyed goal in the first half was enough for Arsene Wenger's side, who dominated until Newcastle rallied late in the game.

Newcastle are reported the subject of a £300m takeover bid by PCP Partners, with club owner Mike Ashley said to have recently met with PCP's owner Amanda Staveley.

"The fans know the team will be tough. They also know we need something in January that will help the current squad," the Spaniard added.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles hit the side-netting for Arsenal before the break, but Newcastle only came to life in the latter stages, with Ayoze Perez failing to take advantage of two rare chances when he put a shot and then a header over the bar.

The result puts Arsenal into fourth place while Newcastle have now claimed just one point from the last 27.

Jack Wilshere came closest to giving Arsenal breathing space late on when he saw his side-footed shot saved by the recalled Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal.

It was Newcastle's 10th straight Premier League defeat to Arsenal and they are now without a league win since 21 October when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

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