Jonas challenged to find the net

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Jonas Gutierrez has been challenged to add goals to his game to inspire Newcastle to Barclays Premier League survival.

The 26-year-old Argentina international instantly established himself as a crowd favourite at St James' Park with a fine debut at Manchester United on the opening day of the season. However, seven months on, he is still awaiting his first goal in a black and white shirt.

Hughton said: "If you look at his all-round game, Jonas is a very spirited player who covers a lot of ground and will create, and of course scoring goals is always a part of that make-up. He would be the first to admit that he would like to be adding more goals to his performances."

Newcastle head into the game looking for only their second league win in 12 attempts and having slipped to within a hair's breadth of the relegation zone.

Indeed, they could well find themselves inside it by the time they kick off against Arsenal on Saturday evening and a first win on home turf since December 21 - when the Gunners' North London neighbours Tottenham were defeated 2-1 - could hardly come at a better time.

Hughton, 50, spent more than 20 years at Spurs as both player and coach but memories of the derby rivalry with Arsenal will be put to one side this evening.

He said: "I spent an awful lot of time at Spurs and that was the big derby game but, when you come away from that, all your focus is very much on here.

"There isn't that relationship between Newcastle and Arsenal that I have been used to, so I am fully focused on getting a result for Newcastle and no other thoughts."

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