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Bruce surprised Newcastle are level pegging with Arsenal

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Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce did not expect to be level on points with Arsenal after 25 games (David Davies/PA) Steve Bruce has admitted he would not have expected Newcastle and Arsenal to head into the final third of the Premier League season separated only by goal difference.

Different style, different manager, so it shows you how difficult it is even at a big club like Arsenal in change and turnaround.

They have a certain resilience about them and a certain pride about them which is pretty evident every day they train and play.



Asked if he could have envisaged the situation after the Gunners won 1-0 at St James’ Park during the opening weekend of the campaign, he said: “Well, I didn’t think we’d be on level points, I have to tell you that, and I didn’t think we’d win two more games than Arsenal, I would have to say.

But here we are.” Bruce’s Newcastle team remain a work in progress, with victories over Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea and a draw with Manchester City masking some indifferent displays either side.

“It can’t be a fluke, not over 25 games anyway.

“But it is the Premier League and it is what it is, and even a mighty club like Arsenal are in – is transition the right word?
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