A night of massive importance at the Emirates
January 25, 2011
I recall being at the Emirates for the 2nd leg of the semi against the Spuds back in early 2007, what a night that was… it finally took the man who has now signed for Ian Holloway, namely Jeremie Aliadiere, to score the goal that took us to the final… in extra time.
The away goal rule is a weird one in the league cup, apparently away goals don’t count, until after extra time. Now I’m sure some of you readers of the more avid kind will correct me on this if I am wrong… but the bottom line here is our inability to score away in the first leg should not impede us tonight.
I have the feeling this game is being taken very seriously by the club, and for that reason I cannot see more than 2 or 3 changes to the team tonight from the Wigan game. Arshavin should come in for Nasri, Gibbs for Clichy and maybe Denilson for Song.
RvP is on fire and has not been overplayed at all this term, and with the Cup on Sunday, there is every chance he gets another start tonight ahead of Chamakh. I would start him, his confidence is bang up there and that could wrap the game up for us inside the first 45 minutes.
The worst case scenario is the City effect. Banging away on the bus door without breaking through. The longer the game goes on the more impatient we all get, and the more fear begins to override the situation.
Put quite simply, it’s a doomsday scenario if we fail to progress to the final tonight.
Our whole season could be derailed… which is why we need the best team to start, and start banging away at that parked bus with vigour and the confidence of some magical displays in recent weeks.
I have always preferred the route of starting the best eleven and then brining them off when the game is won, as opposed to fielding a weaker eleven and bringing on the stars off the bench to chase a game later on.
Enjoy the match gooners, unless we score very early on, I know I won’t enjoy this one…. yes we could be 3-0 up at HT… but there is a very real possibility of us going in deadlocked at HT and coming out to a nerve jangling final 45.
Another night of sporting drama awaits us.