The Arsenal supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern would certainly have been delighted with their team’s 5-0 thrashing of Southampton at St Mary’s in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Despite making a number of changes to his starting XI, two goals from Danny Welbeck and a hat-trick from former Saint Theo Walcott set the Gunners on their way to a routine victory, and some of the fringe players that had been given an opportunity in the side didn’t let manager Arsene Wenger down – the fans standing at the bar enjoyed their Saturday night.
The likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Rob Holding were two of the younger players that would have impressed the Frenchman, but others such as Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy weren’t given their chance, throwing their futures up in the air – the former was an unused substitute and the latter failed to make the matchday squad, and the landlord wouldn’t be surprised if the out-of-favour pair left the Emirates sooner rather than later.
With the January transfer window slamming shut on Tuesday night, it’s not too late for more exits. Surely the defensive duo will be axed tomorrow…
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