Arsenal 2-0 W.B.A.
Carling Cup, Emirates Stadium
Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 19:45
Now that was a seriously emotionally charged night at the Emirates… we managed to get over 56,000 people down at the stadium yesterday for one hell of an exciting game! The only reason we didn’t hit 60,000 was probably the lack of West Brom fans…!
There was an awesome buzz around the stadium, a lot of people coming down to the ground who hadn’t been there before or not in a long time. A great vibe, and a lot of kids on and off the pitch.
The starting line up was slightly different than predicted:
Gilbert – Senderos – Silvestre – Gibbs
Coquelin – Ramsey
Sunu – Wilshere – Traore
So, Sanchez Watt and Giles Sunu made their competitive debuts as starters for the game and after breaking both arms in a freak incident, Wokas Szczesny was in goal. And the game was a tough one without a doubt, with the West Brom team adopting a physical approach but did manage to mix it up with some decent football too. West Brom are currently top of the league in their division and virtually a Premier League side. We did toil for a long period of time to find the gap / chance we wanted. Sanchez Watt and Giles Sunu did start off a little nervous and Watt gave away possession a lot.
As the game went on though, the team gained more confidence and we found ourselves with a bit of an advantage when former Arsenal player Jerome Thomas found himself in spot of bother and get sent off when he shoved Jack Wilshere to the floor.
Carlos Vela – who had yet to feature this season – came on half way through the second half and was instrumental in both the goals. The first coming from a fierce strike which rebounded in Sanchez Watt’s path and the 18 year old opened the scoring. Then the Mexican himself then skipped through the defender and the keeper as the defender attempted to chest the ball back to the keeper. The energy of Carlos Vela is something we can really do with in our side and I hope he features more now…
Arsene spoke after the game… firstly on Vela, he said:
“When he came on straight away he made a difference because he is dangerous in his control and in his movement. His class gives you something special but I feel overall it was a good game. It would have been a great game certainly if it had stayed 11 against 11 but we were patient, we played with cohesion and intelligence. We didn’t make mistakes and in the end the natural outcome was there.”
And also spoke on Jack’s performance, saying:
“I feel he did very well. He looked always lively, dangerous in a difficult part of the game. When it was very tight in the first half he looked to find openings, he is not scared. He has something which is very difficult to give to players, no matter how big the game is he takes the ball and takes people on. He still sometimes has a little lack of experience in his decision-making but you see there is something special there.”
So that’s my little summary of the game… not a great detail in there, but a summary of the night… time to look forward to the next game, boy they’re coming thick and fast!