Where do we go from Arsenal and what should we do for Newcastle?

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Written by Paul Schofield

Well that’s it for West Ham and the Carabao Cup….I wasn’t at the game unfortunately but listened on the radio and it sounded very disappointing!!! That said are we really that sad to be out of this competition? We still languish in the bottom half of the table only a loss away from being back in the bottom three. For that reason I can’t help but think that us getting through the Arsenal cup game with no new injuries (to my knowledge) and some game time for some of the fringe players is about as positive as we could have hoped for from such a poor performance.

I can’t argue with Moyes changing the side for this game….a lot of the first choice players looked out on their feet after Arsenal in the league and then Stoke. Just look at Giroud for Arsenal…I am sure that there are plenty of Arsenal fans waking up this morning gutted to have lost him for the next however many weeks. What this game does show is a lack of strength in depth in our squad. A lot of noise has been made about blooding the young players doing so well in the U23 side but I think there’s a gulf between U23 football and playing in the first team. So hopefully we can strengthen in January!!

We move on to the Newcastle game with what you’d hope is a rested attacking force with Arnautovic and Antonio having a well-earned break. Who comes in for Lanzini? Did Ayew do enough last night….has he done enough during this season to get a start? For me the answer is yes. I believe Carroll is a great option from the bench but doesn’t do anything for our quality of football when he starts. Hernandez has undoubted quality but I am unsure whether he works hard enough to fit in to our current system and we’re certainly not in a position to be carrying anyone.

In summary I am ok with being out of the cup; not ok with the terrible performance served up by a second string attacking force! The teams left in the Carabao would have provided at least another 2 really tough games and even worse a confidence draining thumping in a semi or unthinkably in the final! Certainly the players owe the 7,000 fans that went to Arsenal a HUGE performance on Saturday and beyond. Staying in the Premier League has to be our priority now but there’s always the FA Cup…….COYI

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