We were just waiting for players and the head coach to come out this week after the terrible display and result at Everton last Sunday, and tell us all would be put right on Saturday at home to top side Arsenal, and sure enough they are coming out today – three days before the game.
Yoan Gouffran after fouling Lennon on Sunday
We’ve heard from both John Carver and Jonas about how they will try harder and have to do better on Saturday, and now it’s the turn of Yoan Gouffran.
The Frenchman gave away the stupid penalty in the second half when he didn’t even have to make the challenge on Aaron Lennon.
This is what the 28 year-old forward has said today:
“We have to try to show great spirit and that we are fighting, as sometimes it has been too easy for the opposition. We have to show to the fans, and for us, something.”
“It was very bad at Everton, we give the best for the club but sometimes it’s difficult for the fans, but we will try to win.” “We are disappointed because we would like to have some more points.”
“To be honest I did touch Aaron Lennon for penalty a little bit, but I think he fell down very quickly after it.”
We expect John Carver to start a more attacking aside against Arsenal than he did at Everton, and Yoan was just hopeless in that second half last Sunday, he couldn’t seem to do anything right.
We’d like to see both Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella start the game, because they are two of our best attacking players – and we haven’t many of those fit and ready to go right now.
Carver is likely to play a defensive game (what – again?), and against Arsenal that could be very dangerous because it invites them to play to their strengths – which is their attacking play.
Arsenal’s weakness over the last few years has been their defense, and we should be attacking them – if we want to win or at get a draw.
But winning the game on Saturday has to be a (very) long shot – at best – given who’s available and the form we have been in this year.
What do you think?
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