John Carver using Phil Neville criticism to inspire Newcastle United players against Arsenal

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Newcastle United will be looking to bounce back from the defeat to Everton with victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle United manager John Carver has told talkSPORT that he has informed his players about the criticism levelled at them by Phil Neville.

Neville stated after the Magpies’ 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend that the players were playing as if their season was over.

The former Manchester United and Everton star suggested that the Newcastle players “had their flip-flops on” in the Premier League encounter, as reported by BBC Sport.

Carver has now hit back at the former England international and told talkSPORT: “I was pretty angry when I heard it because he couldn’t be any further from the truth.

“I think it’s insulting and I think it’s wrong, especially from ex-players. I’m sure if they were playing now, they wouldn’t like the comments, as I didn’t.

“What I did do was to inform the players about what these people had been saying. I thought it was important that they knew. Now it's down to ourselves to show those people out there that we've not got our flip-flops on.”

Newcastle were truly disappointing against Everton, but perhaps Neville’s comments were too harsh and over the top.

While the Magpies are likely to finish in mid-table and have nothing to play for, suggesting that the players did not care was a bit too much.

It seems that Carver plans to use that accusation to inspire his players against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Arsenal will be favourites heading into the clash, but Newcastle have shown this campaign that they can step up against the bigger teams at home (cue Chelsea).

It is indeed a great approach from Carver to inspire his team by telling them about Neville, and perhaps it will prove to be a masterstroke against Arsenal.

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