Give the kids a break…

“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)…! ‘Til tomorrow.]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[I can't believe some people's comments at times. Cup competitions such as this are like the best opportunity for the young guns to show everyone what they can do. People moan that we don;t have strength in depth, yet they want us to play the first team all the time! How stupid! If you asked me, I'd say the 1st team would not have played as well as the young guns in the last two cup games as in my opinion, most first teamers (in the big four who already play in Europe) in the premier league don't really have the desire to play in, much less win, the carling cup so in reality, playing them is like playing a weakened side, and I guess that's what happened to Chelsea. Does Ray Wilkins really think that players such as Deco or Drogba give a toss about the Carling cup? Of course they don't! It's the players who don't get first team opportunity most of the time that have the hunger for the competition and I'd play the young guns over the 1st team in the carling cup any day cos I'm sure they'll be well up for it. At the end of the day, Chelsea are out, and we're still in it! Well done to the kids and I'm confident they can win it or at least have a decent run!]]>

  • Debs

    I’m always peeved everytime i read Ray’s comments so I’m just going to stop!!! 😉

  • KenyanGooner

    < ![CDATA[On this 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)…! ------- What's new :) I expect him around April 2009.. well even Christmas 2010...]]>

  • AJ

    Ray Wilkins clearly shouldn’t be so quick to judge us, sure they’ve won it, but hold on where are Chelsea this season? Dumped out. What also shocked and annoyed me was Stuart Pearces comments on how our players should leave to find more first team football.


    < ![CDATA[I think Ray forgot to tell his own players to take an interest! :) Great to see Wilkins get some come-uppance, he looks like a prize twat now after those comments and then Chelsea losing. Did anyone watch the other games? Sp*rs actually looked semi-decent, but Liverpool looked like a bag of bollocks in a tumble dryer, so they helped really. Bring on United!]]>

  • jembea

    < ![CDATA[Have you noticed the change in the way the wind blows? And how everyone in the world of journalism is now denying they were puffing in the opposite direction? Until a few weeks ago the Lord Wenger was the total enemy of English football, singlehandedly destroying our chances of playing in European matches and winning anything. If it hand’t been for Wenger England would have been world champions in 1970, 1974, 1978… Well I exaggerate of course, but you know what I mean. The pathetic childish chants of “England England” heard at grounds where we play (usually when the opposition are 2-0 down). The charges of neo-racism - the sheer endless level of blame heaped on the man. And then, suddenly, our children’s team beat Sheffield Untidy 6-0 and Wigan 3-0, in a team containing some England players, and the press is saying, “I was never one of those who thought that Wenger was anti-English. He always used the best players avaialble, and if they were French rather than English so be it. You can hardly blame Wenger for a lack of quality in England.” And on and on and on. It really is rather sad the way the hacks change their views to meet the prevailing feeling. So no more, “Wenger sacked Bentley because he was English”, but rather “Wenger sold Bentley because he was not good enough at that point to be in the team, he had done poorly on loan at Norwich, and he was an absolute disruptive pain in the arse who said, ‘if you don’t play me I go’.” So he went. And look where he ended up. The kids team is great, and if you ever get a chance to watch the reserves (which is in effect our third team) you’ll see just how much depth there is. Take a look at the under 18s too. There’s more where this lot came from.]]>

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[I thought Spurs were good, but believe that Liverpool weren't playing at 100%. You know when two teams really want to have a go at each other, I think we're better than both Liverpool and Spurs. Wigan result was amazing. Can't believe how well these kids are doing. It kind of feels like we've just bought two new strikers in Vela and Simpson!!!!]]>