Arsenal vs Liverpool, Carling Cup 2009

Arsenal vs Liverpool
Match Preview
Wednesday 28th October 2009
The Emirates Stadium

Tomorrow sees our Carling Cup kids take on the mighty Liverpool – I say mighty because they’ve just beaten Man United and by and large, they are probably going to field the same team against us as they look to put out a strong team in a competition that they hope they will win.

Tomorrow will be a stronger team than the team that played against West Brom, as Arsene looks to play some of the players who have just returned from injury and some of the fringe players too. News coming out of the Emirates is that we will see the likes of Nasri, Bendtner and Eduardo all get a run out and those three players may be our three attacking players in the absence of young Jack Wilshere, who’s out with an ankle injury.

Arsene spoke briefly about the team news and revealed:

“Nasri comes back but Traore, who played in the last round is out. He has a groin problem. Fabianski will get a game too, he will start. But Jack had a knock on his ankle and will be out unfortunately. It is a question of days but we made a trial with him on Sunday and we are resigned to the fact he will be just too short to play. Eduardo and Bendtner will be back. But we still have Rosicky, Denilson and Walcott out.”

Based on that, you’d expect the following line up:

Fabianski

Eboue – Senderos – Silvestre – Gibbs

Coquelin – Randall

Nasri – Ramsey – Vela

Bendtner

With a bench made up of Wojas Schnezy (no idea if I spelt that right), Gilbert, Song, Watt and Eduardo (you can only have five on the bench in the Carling Cup).

I’ve heard a rumour that Francis Coquelin will start at right back with Ramsey and Randall in the two defensive midfield positions, Nasri central, and a front three of Eduardo, Vela and Nikky B – that would be some front three.

Coquelin is a player who has impressed me and although he’s only 18, I think he’s definitely one of the closest players to the first team out of this crop of youngsters – equally good as a right back or defensive midfield, he’s hoping he starts tomorrow:

“I’m really excited, I’m waiting for it. We’ve got a chance. It’s one game, anything can happen. I felt a little bit nervous but I really enjoyed the [West Brom] game and I hope to play against Liverpool. I think everyone will give 100 per cent in training and after that it’s the choice of the manager. I think Wenger will keep the young team; I hope so. But I think it’s better if we go with a bit more experience in the team as well.”

One player who I’m dying to see is the Mexican starlet. Personally, Carlos Vela is one of my favourite players and I can’t wait for him to get into and stay in the first team. I watched him in action during the summer and he was sensational for his country – for Mexico, he has the same effect as Wayne Rooney has for England, as Ribery is currently having for France – he is the creative hub that the forward play goes around. Vela has the ability to create something out of nothing and his shot range is fantastic – power, placement and lob – in equal measure.

The Mexican was on Arsenal TV today and had this to say:

“It’s going to be important to play against this team [Liverpool] in this game. I believe that every match I play for my team Arsenal is special for me and I don’t really care that much who we play, I just want to win. It could be a second division team, whoever, I just really want to win. This one is clearly special, because of the team we play against so it is important. This competition is very important for all the young players. It is not a reserves or lower league competition, so we have the opportunity to prove ourselves at a high level and that is always the test for a player. It also means that the younger players can use this competition to show the boss what they have learned and what they can do if the get an opportunity in the first team.

One of the great thing about playing at home is that our young team has 60,000+ fans vying them on, and it all plays a part.

“Yes! Absolutely. Playing at home is something that always motivates you more when you’ve got all the support of the fans. You have in your mind that you just can’t lose. When you play at home it is just a matter of win or win. Those are the only options.”

So, it’s time to get ready for one of the biggest games of the season in one of the smallest competitions in our list – but in all honesty, Arsenal versus Liverpool is always a big game isn’t it?

And finally, some news about me – I’m off for a mini American tour tomorrow – I fly off to New York and then head on to Vegas, San Francisco and Toronto, to name a few others… I’ll have internet access throughout my journeies for work, so that’ll mean I should be able to post around this time too. I’m on the underground as I type this up, but hopefully when I’m overground, I can rope good old JAT into some mid-season blogging…

I will be back tomorrow before I leave no doubt, so, til then…

  • ny

    what about Merida?

  • http://myspace amirul

    arsenal win!!!!!!

  • Leeroy.N2

    NY – good question. Where is he?? I hope he will be on the bench at least. Should be a really good game. Come on you Gunners!

  • sham

    gonners 2 liverpool 1

  • wills

    Vela isn’t in the squad for tonight’s game. Anyone know why?!

    Wojciech Szczesny
    Lukasz Fabianski
    Philippe Senderos
    Kyle Bartley
    Mikael Silvestre
    Kieran Gibbs
    Kerrea Gilbert
    Fran Merida
    Francis Coquelin
    Craig Eastmond
    Emmanuel Frimpong
    Aaron Ramsey
    Mark Randall
    Samir Nasri
    Eduardo
    Gilles Sunu
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Sanchez Watt

    Most probable line up:

    Fabianski
    Gilbert-Senderos-Silvestre-Gibbs
    Nasri-Coquelin-Ramsey
    Watt-Bendtner-Eduardo

    I’d like to see Merida play a part, maybe he’ll start instead of Ramsey or Watt?

  • devday

    Wills – you’re rught, no Vela – not sure why – he was really looking forward to the game!

    News is that Coquelin starts at right back and Sunu and Watt both start with Bendtner on the bench?

    Fabianski

    Coquelin – Senderos – Silvestre – Gibbs

    Ramsey – Randall

    Sunu – Nasri – Eduardo

    Watt

  • devday

    So many options, Merida may well play instead of someone else, this is very confusing!

  • wills

    Coquelin at RB could be a thought, not impressed with Gilbert so may as well try someone else there.

    Liverpool are bound to pub out a strong side though, so I’d hope to see Bendtner and Eduardo from the start, or at least one of the two.

    Sunu didn’t really do a lot to impress against WBA, and although he’s done well in the reserves, playing against Liverpool is a different prospect all together.

    I’d also like to see Merida start ahead of Randall.

  • Al

    Does any know why wilshere has not been playing any reserve games this year. How is he meant to improve his game if his not playing first team nor reserve level. I know his injured today but was just wondering where he gets his minutes on the pitch

  • wills

    @Al Wenger has said that he wants to use Wilshire sparingly and as a result, I don’t think he is playing reserve team football. His only reserve appearance actually was against Olympiakos where he played 60 minutes.

    We’ve got to remember that he’s still only 17 and is training full time with the first team so is putting in as much time and effort as players such as Rosicky and Cesc.

    If he was fit tonight you could guarantee he would start and play 90 minutes. I’d expect to see him start in the CL once we’ve wrapped up qualification, possibly in the game away to Olympiakos or against Liege at home.

    I am sure we’d all love to see him more and whenever he warms up he seems to get the crowd going. Hopefully Wenger will put him on when we’re a couple of goals up at home (preferably more than two!!!) to give him some Premiership experience.

  • Debs

    He played for the U-21s the other day, if I’m right, with Theo and Kieran…

  • Pete

    Tough game tonight. I’ve a feeling Liverpool will field a strong team, Aquilani is supposed to be playing as well. But for a Carling Cup game we’ve a few experienced players starting too. Should be intersting!

    My Starting Line up would probably look like:

    Fabianski

    Gilbert Senderos Silvestre Gibbs

    Rambo Coquelan

    Nasri Merida Eduardo

    Bendtner

    Good luck Gunners!

  • Fabrez

    I’d like to see…

    Fabianski
    Coquelin – Senderos – Silvestre – Gibbs
    Ramsey – Merida
    Nasri
    Watt – Bendtner – Edu

    What of Vela and Bazarite? Would have liked to see Vela start and Bazarite on the bench. I feel as if Gilbert will be at RB but don’t think he’s good enough quite frankly. I guess the problem with my XI is the lack of that holding midfielder… Maybe Nasri could drop back a bit and Merida could be a bit more advanced. Sad that Jack-o is injured! We’ve actually got many many options which is amazing…and great to see. Whatever XI, can’t wait to see the boys in action!

  • Fabrez

    Maybe we will see Edu or Watt on the bench for Nasri on the flank, with Glibert right back and Coquelin in front the back 4. So many choices. C’mon u redssss!

  • JDD

    Confirmed Line-Up

    Fabianski
    Gibbs Senderos Silvestre Gilbert
    Ramsey Nasri Eastmond Merida
    Bendtner Eduardo

  • JDD

    Confirmed Line-Up

    Fabianski
    Gibbs Silvestre Senderos Gilbert
    Nasri Ramsey Eastmond Merida
    Eduardo Bendtner

  • JDD

    Confirmed Line-Up

    Fabianski
    Gibbs Silvestre Senderos Gilbert
    Nasri Ramsey Eastmond Merida
    Eduardo Bendtner

    Strong Attack

  • Pete

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs, Eastmond, Bendtner, Nasri, Ramsey, Merida, Eduardo.

    Subs: Szczesny, Bartley, Coquelin, Frimpong, Randall, Sunu, Watt.

    Liverpool: Cavalieri, Degen, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Kuyt, Spearing, Plessis, Babel, Voronin, Ngog.

    Subs: Reina, Aquilani, Benayoun, Darby, Dossena, Eccleston, Ayala.

  • Pete

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs, Eastmond, Bendtner, Nasri, Ramsey, Merida, Eduardo.

    Subs: Szczesny, Bartley, Coquelin, Frimpong, Randall, Sunu, Watt.

    Liverpool: Cavalieri, Degen, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Kuyt, Spearing, Plessis, Babel, Voronin, Ngog.

    Subs: Reina, Aquilani, Benayoun, Darby, Dossena, Eccleston, Ayala.

  • Pete

    1-0 Arsenal. Merida scores!

  • Pete

    1-1 Insua scores for Liverpool.

  • sam

    40′ gone, B52 is officially the worst player on the field!

  • sam

    But wonderful work by the rest of the boys, although Edu is a bit quiet.

  • vj

    jesus B52 has got skills but in front of goal my good he really needs to improve hed better get a couple next half to make up for it so far. hope nasri doesnt need to go off him ramsay and merida are controlling the game, eduardo needs to get in more hes slacking off

  • Pete

    2-1 Bendtner scores :D

  • sam

    B52 does it!
    He really needed to.

  • Fabrez

    Eastmond looking solid…. Nasri looking pretty good…not far from
    his best. Gilbert improving as the game has progressed. Merida and Ramsey doing well. We need 1 more goal! Very close tho…

  • sam

    Gibbs has been a rock.

  • Debs

    I’m so bloody tense! Come on Arsenal!

  • Pete

    Full time!!! 2-1 Arsenal :D

    Very tense game!

  • sam

    Great job.
    Thank you Gunners.

  • Debs

    Awesome stuff! :-)

  • Fabrez

    Love it!!!!!

  • Pete

    Highlights are on BBC1 later tonight 1055pm.

  • sam

    Never thought I’d take a Carling Cup game so seriously. Very enjoyable.
    Is that 5 losses in 6 games for L’pool?

  • Debs

    Anyone else keep mistaking Eduardo for Merida a few times when he was on the ball? They do have the same build, although I think Merida is slightly taller. But yeah, that was a cracker. The last 10mins and the 4mins of extra time were ridiculous. I was such a nervous wreck! One would have thought it was the CL Final or something! But yeah, surprise surprsie- we didn’t concede a goal in the 2nd half! Senderos and Silvestre were brilliant, so were our full-backs. Good stuff! Praying for a home draw in the quarters!!!

  • hello

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    Biggest success story from last nights game… CRAIG EASTMOND!! He was all over the pitch, constantly breaking down the Liverpool attacks.

    Great vision and reading of the game and looked calm and composed on the ball, always looking for the simple ball to supply our creative players. Can spread a pass too!!

    We looked a lot more fragile in the last 15mins after he was substituted… I have to admit I had no idea who he was until last night, but it looks like you’ve done it again Mr Wenger!!

  • wills

    Great game last night, great atmosphere too for a Carling Cup game.

    I honestly have to say, when the teams came out, I thought Liverpool would edge it, but our youngsters and reserves were brilliant!

    The midfield was superb, and some of the passing looked better than the first team at times! Eduardo looked a little isolated up front at times but I think Wenger put Bendtner on the wing to win headers against Insua.

    Craig Eastmond had a great game in the holding midfield role, and Gibbs put in one hell of a performance!

    Well played boys, bring on the next round!