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Pardew thinks Vurnon Anita could have changed the result at Arsenal

6 years ago

Alan Pardew has said that if Vurnon Anita had played at the Emirates on Saturday, maybe the result could have been different.

The Newcastle manager suggesting that it might have made United more solid against Arsenal’s vibrant attack.

Even more worrying than this badly flawed logic, are claims that Anita could get a game against Tottenham on Wednesday.

Gouffran and Williamson were once again shown to be way off the standard needed in that Arsenal match, the last thing we need is the very limited and ineffective Vurnon Anita getting any more chances.

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The Dutchman looks totally unsuited to the Premier League and is looking a really bad buy at around £7m. He’s obviously not tall or physically strong, neither has he got great pace, at least some of these qualities are needed unless you are supremely talented, which he’s not.

In two and a half years, Vurnon Anita has contributed one goal in the Europa League and two assists in the Premier League. Woeful stats for a midfielder who doesn’t do a great job defensively either.

Alan Pardew;

“Maybe it (v Arsenal) was a day for Vurnon Anita to be really solid for us.

“But we tried to be ambitious and if that’s a fault we’ll have to accept that.”

Up for the Cup;

“The cup game is something different, we know it’s the quarter final.

“We have beaten two Premier League teams away from home and we have got to do a third time.

“It’ll be a tough game but we’ll go there very strong.”

Pardew’s ‘strong’ comment has been taken by the media as meaning he will put out a strong team against Tottenham.

In the past, pretty much every cup match Alan Pardew has said that he will be putting out a strong team but then the reality is often that it is far removed from what most supporters would consider to be first choice.

If players such as Vurnon Anita play on Wednesday then straight away it is going to make it an even tougher challenge, only by playing the very strongest eleven will Newcastle have a chance.

Which means no Anita, no Williamson and no Gouffran.


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