I like the format of the Carling Cup, where the job is done on the night, no piddley replays etc, extra-time then penalties if needed.

The FA Cup should also be run in a similar fashion from say Round 4 or 5, let the replays stay in the earlier rounds for the smaller clubs to earn some money, but in the latter rounds, with the Champs league and other comps all hotting up, the transfer fixture pile up can cause our clubs issues.

So it’s a game of footy with the pikeys down pikey lane tonight, and I can’t wait.

I am not bothered what cup it’s for, or what players play, it’s the North London Derby, and they don’t get any fiercer or competitive.

That is what we all love, proper combative sport, where two sets of players will go at it hammer and tong, a duel to the death.

Wenger has set his stall out by only selecting 3 of the Reserves/Kids for tonight’s squad… what does that tell us?

Well it tells me he wants to stay unbeaten in all competitions, he wants the momentum to be kept up.

One personal criticism I have always had of the Wenger Era is the inability to pick the team up after a defeat, we show a massive trend over the years of letting one bad loss lead to another and maybe another, and then maybe 2 poor draws, before we regroup and get back into the groove.

It is far too early in the season to take a hit in the testicles, and regardless of what players take the pitch tonight, it will be a kick in the balls for the team that go out tonight.

Pride is at stake on a large-scale.

I’m up for this, and I’m sure many tens of thousands of other gooners are aswell, the atmosphere will be red hot tonight, they pikeys will certainly be up for it… they always want to get one over their masters.

The team looks to be Fabinski, Eboue, Squillaci, Djorou, Gibbs, Eastmond, Denilson, Lansbury, Vela, JET, Randall

Although I would go with Nasri or Rosicky in that above side just to give it a little cutting edge.

Very excited about seeing JET get a proper stage to shine on, the kid is now a man, and the man is developing into a heck of a player…anybody who saw his performance and goal against the City Reserves last week will know exactly what I am talking about.

JET is going to be a player and a half for club and country, and tonight may see him show some of the rest of the football world just what us gooners have know about for some time.

All in all, a fascinating night ahead, I envisage the complete full-on package of drama, 2-2 FT, 3-3 AET… Vela buries the winning penalty!

Come on you mighty, mighty REDS!!!

A funny feeling

March 10, 2010

Tremendous result tonight, Porto were soundly dealt with 5-0.

The Viking Warrior made amends for his misses on Saturday by sticking away a nifty little hat-trick.

He rounded it off with the last kick of the game, to secure the match ball, via the penalty spot.

We move into the draw for the Quarter-Finals of this year’s Champions League, to be held Friday week in Nyon, Switzerland.

Following the game, the manager gave a very suggestive interview to Sky Sports.

Check out the link below to view the interview and gather your own views.

Wenger Interview on Sky Sports 2

The French love a prediction

It has long been suggested that draws are fixed.

Two years ago, a poster on a Liverpool fans forum confidently and correctly predicted the 4 matches in that season’s Champions League Quarter-Finals… a full two hours before the draw.

Funnily enough we drew Liverpool that Friday morning in early Spring 2008.

The poster made a clear inference that he was not merely guessing the match-ups, and that a fixed draw was on the cards.

Wenger has a “funny feeling” we will meet an English side.

So do I.

(At the time of posting, neither Manure or Chelski have yet qualified from the 2nd Round of games)

On a Wing and Prayer

February 24, 2009

Life is not great at the minute for Gooners, the league table tells us Manchester United are 17pts better than us with around 10 games left to play in the Premiership.  The league is a foregone conclusion, although Wenger disagrees.

“It’s not yet over because none of the teams are really convincing with the way they play,” said the Frenchman.

“Mathematically it is not over and I feel Man United could have dropped points easily against Blackburn on Saturday.

“For me no-one is dominating this championship in the way they play.”

Manchester United are a much better squad than Arsenal at present.  A fully fit first 11 would yield another winner.

Wing Wonder?

Wing Wonder?

So, tonight brings an opportunity for some relief from our stuttering league campaign in the shape of a 2nd Round tie, in the Champions League against the Italian side, Roma.

Team selection is vital, we do not currently have a best 11 to play week in week, due to injuries.  Fabregras has clearly been missed, but I also think the biggest miss has been pace on the break.

Walcott has been a huge miss!

In Carlos Vela, our young Mexican wonderkid, we have a player very similar to Walcott in that they can both play as out and out wingers and also as centre forwards.  Vela is also deceptively pacey and has a better touch than Walcott.

He is a player of immense talent, and has to be played from the off tonight at the Emirates.  He showed last week, against Cardiff City, his pace and trickery is a big advantage to the way this Arsenal team can break from defence to attack in 2 passes.

Eduardo’s first goal was majestically set up for him by some clever wing play from the Mexcian.  He could do the same tonight with a booming home crowd roaring on the players, Bendter being the main striker to take advantage of delieveries into the box.

I expect a win tonight, with Bendter scoring the match winner.