0-0 not a bad result against Arsenal, would have took it before the match.
Altough when you are playing against 10 men for a fair period of time, you expect to get at them a bit more.
What's clearly evident already is we need a striker of significant quality. Even if it just sheer individual, selfish, quality. Didn't create a single genuine chance and never looked like it either. If anyone has thoughts, or had the thoughts, that Demba Ba would fill Carrolls boots in the team has to be mistaken on the evidence so far. He looks more like Shola's twin brother than a striker worthy of leading the line.
With Cabaye and Tiote in the middle, we look a lot flatter in midfield then last year, where we had Nolan and Tiote in a more diamond formation then anything. Which means we are gonna have to play with 2 out and out wingers. From the evidence we have seen, is on the right it will probably have to be Obertan. Who had pace to burn and is very direct at goal. Looks a good signing already. So Barton may have a smaller role in the team than he would like, if he does end up staying. On the left we have Marveuax or Ben Arfa to come in when they are fit. I cannot seeing Jonas being a regular starter. More lack of creativity from him again.
We definetly need that striker to come in before Sep 2nd or we can look forward to more blank score sheets throughout the season. I personally wanna see Jermain Defoe in the No.9 shirt, doing his thing. But whether he would come up North is a big question. Also, get Erik Pieters in asap at left back. He should be here after this weekend.
Not a bad start though.
Bring on the new season!
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