Carling Cup Preview: Sp*rs vs Arsenal…

It’s not the Champions League, it’s not the Premier League, it’s not the FA Cup, nor is it the Carling Cup…

It is Tottenham Hotsp*r vs Arsenal… at the Lane…

No matter what competition it is, you can’t take away the occasion away from what will be a fierce encounter. The last time we went to White ‘art Lane was in the run in to the Premiership title and, for me, the loss there, was a pivotal nail in our title coffin. Whether or not it mattered in the end is neither here or there, but at the time, it wasn’t great being a gooner!

Arsene took time to comment about last year’s game:

“No, it was too late. We would still have had a mathematical chance but Chelsea didn’t drop any points, so it was too late. On the night we lost our chance but we would not have won the league. Let’s be realistic: although we would have been mathematically in the fight, we would not have won the league. I feel that we gave some cheap goals away but we battled hard to come back in the second half and the last 20 minutes especially, so overall it was disappointing to lose,” he reflected. “However we would not have won the championship by beating Spurs that night.”

Personally, I disagree – if we hadn’t lost there, who knows what would have happened? I doubt we would have lost against Wigan and Blackburn either and obviously we’d have put some more pressure on the eventual title winners.

But that game was last year and tonight is our time to get some sort of revenge. But who knows what team will be announced later today – with players such as Nordtveit and Frimpong absent through injury, it will be a relatively strong squad, but we will see Jay Emmanuel Thomas (JET) and that is great news as I’m sure – like me – most fans are quite exciting to see the young prodigy in action. Arsene took time out to single out JET as someone he has been looking forward to seeing in action to:

“Jay has class. Class to give the ball, class to finish, class to pass people. I believe he can play against anybody and score goals, but then again you must earn your place and on a daily basis he must show you have the hunger and quality. He has the needed quality without a doubt. I am confident that if he gets an opportunity he will show that.”

So, personally, I think we’ll be naming a first XI of something like this:

Fabianski

Eboue – Djourou – Squillaci – Gibbs

Denilson – Eastmond

Emmanuel Thomas – Rosicky – Lansbury

Vela

As you can see, it’s probably one of the strongest Carling Cup teams we’ve played, but it’s still 10 changes from the starting line-up with only one of the centre backs keeping their place – and only because we have Vermaelen and Nordtveit both injured. A few people have questioned why we look like we’re playing such a strong squad – but surely making 10 changes is change enough and surely it’s a game that is good for the likes of the above team to gain some match practice – Gibbs and Eboue need games to ensure if required for the big games, they’re ready. Fabianski is ready to prove himself, although, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Szczesny having a run out.

Denilson and Djourou are both returning from injury, so it’s an excellent game for them to gain some match practice and there is enough quality there for us to beat a Sp*rs side, who have their own injury and squad issues – enough quality – especially with Carlos Vela up front! One of my personal favourites…

Arsene has been impressed with Carlos Vela’s form and commented that he may lead the line tonight…

“It is about starting the game, carrying the responsibility to be the main striker and showing that you can deal with that. I believe that Carlos can – but then again you have to turn up at the right moment. It is a massive opportunity for him, he has worked very hard from the beginning of the season. He is a different player to what he was last year when it wasn’t easy going sometimes. He has a more mature attitude now.”

If this preview hasn’t got you excited for tonight’s game, then I don’t know what will… it’s going to be a great evening, I simply can’t wait!

Come on you Gooners!

  • ny

    Alex Songs’s suspension will be over by this game.That is a plus

  • ny

    Fabianski

    Eboue – Djourou – Squillaci – Gibbs

    ——– Denilson – Eastmond

    Lansbury –– Rosicky – Emmanuel Thomas

    Vela

    VS

    Pavlyuchenko

    –Kranjkar-Sandro-Palacios-Bently/Lennon

    –Naughton-Bassong-Gallas-Hutton

    ——– Pletikosa

  • devday

    @ ny:
    That is definitely a positive regarding Song… he’ll be back on the weekend and is suspended for a game he wouldn’t have played in yesterday.

  • devday

    @ ny:
    I doubt Gallas will play as he played on Sunday and won’t be able to do 2 games in 3/4 days.

  • Arsenal Future Manager

    ———– Fabianski ——————
    Eboue — Djourou — Squillaci — Gibbs —
    ——————— Eastmond ——————————
    ——————————– Denilson ——————-
    ———— Wilshere ———————————
    J.E.T ———————————– Lansbury
    ——————— Vela ————————

    Subs 2 Be Used:
    #Randall
    #Aneke
    #Afobe

  • ny

    @devday

    Yes…. they are also planning to field a young team

    ——-Pletikosa-
    -Hutton-Caulker-Bassong-Naughton
    -Bently/Kean-Sandro-Palacios-Kranjcar
    ———-dosSantos
    ———-Pavlyuchenko

  • Arsenal Future Manager

    Rosicky n Chamakh Should Be On Stand By Just In Case Along With Mannone or Szchney n Nordtveit If He’s Not 2 Injured 2 Complete The 7 Subs.
    How I Wish Frimpong Was Not Injured, WOOOW He Wud Av Destroyed, But ”Get Well Soon” Frimpong.

  • devday

    Arsene on tonight’s game:

    “We continue to rotate but we play a bit with the same group [plus] two or three young players.
    “We have many injuries you know at the moment. You have Bendtner, van Persie, Ramsey, Walcott, Fabregas, Vermaelen, Diaby. If you had everybody available it would be a bit easier for us but at the moment with the number of games we have to play now we are a bit short.

  • devday

    Arsenal boss to serve one match ban and pay fine.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted a charge of using insulting and/or abusive language and behaviour amounting to improper conduct.

    Wenger has accepted the standard sanction of an £8,000 fine and a one match touchline ban which will be served with immediate effect at Arsenal’s League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur this evening (Tuesday).

    The charge related to Wenger’s conduct towards match officials at the conclusion of Arsenal’s match against Sunderland on 18 September.

  • devday

    @ Arsenal Future Manager:
    I don’t think Randall, Aneke or Afobe are in the squad today. Still waiting for confirmation.

  • Berth

    This injury nonsense is a Joke.

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    It’s true we have a lot of people out, but considering the injuries, we are still able to change 10 players from Saturday’s game.

  • Yemi

    i hope and pray we win

  • Berth

    Dev am not trying to tell you we don’t have cover – do you think we would not have beat Sunderland if Van de man, Cescky and possibly Diaby/Walcott and of cos Verminator where on that pitch. The quality of the current squad is OK; but then quality are of different levels. Van will always be more clinical than Chamak; Diaby would have fared better than Wilshere (on the physical side).

    Am already getting tired of the season knowing that Fab, Van and Walcott will miss the Chelsea game.

  • devday

    @ Berth:
    I see where you’re coming from and you’ve got a point re the top players being out.

    In regards to the Sunderland game, we missed so many obvious chances – but I don’t think it is because those players weren’t present – last season we had VP, Walcott and Cesc available and still came away with the same result!

  • Arsefan101

    Very excited to see JET in action today – IMO, he was the breakthrough player this pre-season.

    Surprising to see Squillaci play though, don’t we have a younger CB available?

  • devday

    There has been little or no news on the squad so far… rumours only… but Vermaelen is out injured and Koscielny will be on bench.

  • Vazy

    any streams available?

  • Berth

    There passing game is getting me bored; they are not direct enough – they are just passing around the midfield. WIlshere has been great though.

  • Tm17

    1 nil to the arsenal!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gibbs should have been given onside as well !!!

  • Sam

    Clear offside goal by Sp#rs. Can’t win 1-0!

  • Tm17

    Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pete

    4-1 To the Arsenal! Lovin’ it! :)

  • Berth

    I just downed a bottle of JD with some folks now. Am lovin it.

  • Vazy

    great result!!!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Gibbs has done his metatarsal again!!! That’s really bad news cause he had Lennon in his pocket and looked class… Bloody injuries are getting me annoyed.