Steve Bruce says his players should have confidence going into Monday night's encounter with Arsenal - just nine days after a near-miss against the Gunners in the FA Cup.

Having held Mikel Arteta's side for 90 minutes, Andy Carroll wasted a glorious chance to win the cup tie in stoppage time with Bruce believing a last gasp victory would have been richly deserved.

With the tight third-round affair still fresh in the minds of the players, Bruce said: "We always wanted to win the FA Cup tie, and we did enough to win it with two big chances against them.

"You always know what to expect at Arsenal.

"You always know it will be difficult but it's the way we go and approach it and do it in the right manner like the cup tie.

"And let's see if we can get a good result."

Arsenal dropped two points against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday evening with Newcastle having enjoyed an extra 48 hours rest over them after playing on Tuesday at Sheff United.

But Bruce added: "They have still had three or four days to recover.

"Maybe they will change personnel, all of it we have suffered too, Covid, fatigue, and games you are asked to play.

"It's difficult to manage. I am sure they will be ready to face us after three or four days to recover and they have a big enough squad to choose from."

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