Davies and Trippier have been outstanding of late and a big reason behind our good performances against United and Liverpool in the past week. Some would see it unfair of me to suggest that Poch should drop the pair, ahead of the weekend`s North London derby, but it is time to restore Rose and Aurier – especially after our shambolic performance at the Emirates.
We were well beaten that day and this was largely down to a lack of pace within the team. Arsenal pressed us high up the field and we had no answer to it, given there was no out ball or width in which we could stretch them on the counter. Both would provide that necessary speed on the flanks that will enable us to take the game to the Gunners and put them on the back foot from the off. Poch needs to learn the lessons from that defeat and ensure that there is no repeat at Wembley.
I truly believe that a big reason we haven`t been competitive at the top of the league this season has been down to the loss of Walker and Rose – given how integral they are to the way we play under Poch last year. Unfortunately, we haven`t been able to see playing in tandem this campaign, largely down to injury; however, they would bring a total different dimension to our attack as we approach the business end
I know Poch is usually loyal to those players putting in performances, but the weekend`s game must be the exception – given the pace the Gunners has at their disposal. We need to fight fire with fire from the very first whistle and Danny and Serge`s inclusion is pivotal to ensuring that not only we able to quell their attacks, but offer far more options on the counter attack.