Moyes Defends Arteta’s Squad Rotation Amidst Arsenal’s 6-Change Lineup
In a well-deserved triumph at the London Stadium, West Ham emerged as 3-1 winners against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. Ben White’s own goal, along with strikes from Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen, propelled the hosts into a commanding lead before Martin Odegaard scored a late consolation for the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made six changes from the side that secured a 5-0 victory against Sheffield United the previous Saturday. Notable players like Declan Rice, William Saliba, and Bukayo Saka started on the bench against West Ham.
Arteta faced criticism from Arsenal supporters for his team selection, but West Ham manager David Moyes defended his counterpart’s decision to rotate the squad.
Speaking about Arteta’s choice to make changes for the Carabao Cup tie, Moyes stated, “I’ve been in football that long, I’m probably one of the most experienced managers, and I think the managers continue to get asked the question about the changes in the teams.” Moyes expressed surprise that journalists, who closely follow football, might question the decision, emphasizing the depth of the Arsenal squad.
“I find it quite surprising really, not that you would ask, but I’m sure you’ve all considered Arsenal have got Newcastle on Saturday, then they’ve got Sevilla, so they’ve got big games coming up. That’s the way you see it, but maybe there’s bigger things they see than maybe tonight’s game,” Moyes added.
With this victory, West Ham secures a spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-final and will face Liverpool at Anfield in December. The match showcased the competitive nature of the tournament and sparked discussions on squad rotation strategies as teams navigate a congested fixture schedule.
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