It's been a relatively speedy week this week, one moment it was Monday and now it's Thursday. By the time you read this, hey presto, it'll be Friday! It saddens me sometimes to see the bitterness that exists in football, and today I implore the world to give us a break. After such an awesome display of football on Tuesday night, a high majority of the papers, news articles and commentators questioned why Arsene doesn't play them, slated Arsene for the previous production line "not making it" (players such as Bentley, Pennant etc) - heck, we've even been slated for disrespecting the competition.
For any of you who haven't read Ray Wilkins comments yesterday, here they are:
“It’s all about winning trophies when you’re a big club. The fact we’ve won the Carling Cup twice in the last four years and Arsenal have won none justifies our policy. You enter a competition to win the competition. Why go into it if you’re not concerned whether you win it? Playing a young or weakened team undermines the value of the competition. And we have not and will not do that. We want to win it, big time.”
“Playing a young or weakened team undermines the value of the competition”.
Does it really Mr. Wilkins? We’ve had two games this season in the Carling Cup, had two full houses at the Emirates at around 60,000 people per game. We’ve hit the headlines in all the newspapers for our brilliant play and demolition of two good teams. Whereas Chelsea have been dumped out by lowly Burnley having fielded a strong team, virtually their first team. Their top star, Drogba even threw a coin at the Burnley fans. Wilkins, that surely is undermining the competition.
In reality, we’ve embraced this competition, with a desire to win, a desire to play good football, desire to entertain and of course a desire to educate. We use this competition as a chance to let our youngsters play against top sides. They play with passion, they play with desire and boy do they play. Hats off to all of them, Jay Simpson getting two goals was such a boost of confidence for the lad and Jack Wilshere pulled in another man of the match performances. I had my doubts about Gibbs, but he’s turning into quite an exciting player, whereas Djourou can’t seem to put a foot wrong, and even got an assist for Vela’s sublime goal. Vela, the wonder-kid himself, surely deserves a start on the weekend?
Talking about young Jack, here’s what Arsene’s being saying about the kid, comparing him to talisman Cesc Fabregas:
“They are a different type of player because Jack is more a dribbler and Cesc is more of a passer. Jack is more a change-of-direction type of guy and Cesc has the quick vision. You can imagine the two of them together playing very good football. I think Jack has the same potential as Cesc and, like him, he has the character.
“He isn’t frightened of going into the challenge, he likes the physical game and is not fazed by anything; he takes the ball no matter where he is and no matter who he plays against – it is natural for him. Of course I think they can compliment each other, because Jack can play on the flanks or behind the striker. In fact I think he can play anywhere across midfield and up front.”
Can you imagine that? In a few years, Cesc in the middle, Jack Wilshere on one side, Nasri on the other, Vela and Walcott up front with Eduardo at left back, Van Persie at right back, Ade playing a defensive midfielder role with Bendtner and Denilson at the back.
Okay, I went off on a bit of a tangent there, but it’s definitely an exciting time looking ahead.
Some miscellaneous news to report on. Firstly, Tomas Rosicky has had another operation which means he’ll be back in February now. Great. And we’re playing host to Brazil vs Italy in February. Great (in the non-sarcastic way)…!