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Arsenal youngsters out of League Cup; Southampton win 2-1

Alexis Sanchez freekick

Well, how do we start? A disappointing performance last night saw us slump out of the Capital One Cup to a decent looking Southampton side. Fair enough, Ronald Koeman appears to have done wonders since taking over at St Mary’s, but I feel like we should have done better.

Our defence on the team sheet was not good enough. With Bellerin in the heart of our defence, you knew we were going to struggle.

It was nice to see Ospina get a start, and also good to see the likes of Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski get a game too.

In terms of the action,┬áthe Arsenal started off in good fashion. Alexis Sanchez started and he also opened the goalscoring with a pearler of a free kick. I wonder how hard it was to persuade Podolski that he should take the set piece, but he spanked the ball over the wall and into the top left corner of the Saints’ net. A truly stunning effort.

Dusan Tadic later levelled things up with his first goal for Southampton, before the impressive Nathaniel Clyne scored a belter on 40 minutes.

The second half I would say that we did dominate, but we couldn’t get the win and thus we are out of the League Cup, again. Arsene Wenger has still yet to win this trophy during his Arsenal tenure, quite miserable, but to be honest he does have other priorities… just about everywhere else.

Anyway, we now have a much better and bigger came coming up this weekend, against our good friends Tottenham. I would love nothing more to see us continue our good league form after the 3-0 win over Villa with a win over the Spuds this weekend, I am confident that we will do so.

Who should we play? Well I think Ozil will be crucial and needs to start. I also think it’s time to play Sanchez up top alongside Danny Welbeck. Tottenham are looking shaky at the back and it’s important that we take advantage of that. Fingers crossed we can get a sneaky win.

Have a good one Gooners!

Youngsters impress in Capital One Cup win over West Brom

League Cup Win Arsenal

So, our youngster’s campaign in the Capital One Cup will continue through until at least October as Arsenal beat the Baggies on penalties to progress through to the fourth round last night. I have to say, I didn’t watch all of the game but what I saw of the Gunners’ youth players really impressed me. Chuba Akpom looks like a real talent. The 17-year-old looks like he’s going to be one heck of a player; I truly hope he gets some chances in the first team under Arsene Wenger. As we’ve seen in the past, this isn’t always the way with our beloved manager. It seems that at almost one point during every season we see a youngster push for a first team place and play regularly in the League Cup, for example the likes of Nico Yennaris, Ryan Garry in years gone past, etc. Akpom has impressed and could well continue his good form in the reserves, so the longer our League Cup hopes go on, the better for first team experience.

In terms of the result yesterday, an excellent victory indeed. Over the 90 minutes we looked to put in a lot of effort across the park and our reserves will be happy with their performance. Bendtner also returned to the first team and at times looked to be a bit short on fitness, which is no surprise considering it is his first game of the season and also his first Arsenal game since 2011. He did however get an assist, which will be a major relief for him. Arsene did say after the game that he expects Bendtner to keep this up, as he will be a regular in this year’s competition.

It’s never easy watching a penalty shootout, but with this being the least of our priorities, I’m sure most were delighted that it wasn’t a major one for us. Still, it keeps the good form going and I’m sure Wenger will be delighted with the result.

We will now focus on our next Premier League game this Saturday against Swansea. We need to keep our good form going with a win over the Swans and this week’s midweek absence for the likes of Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud will do them some good. I’d like to see Arsenal play a defensive formation this weekend. I wasn’t completely convinced with Gnabry last night and we surely won’t want to play the youngster three games in a row.

If I were to be in charge, here’s the team I’d play this weekend:

Szczesny
Sagna
Mertesacker
Koscielny
Gibbs
Flamini
Wilshere
Ramsey
Arteta
Ozil
Giroud

I’d also like to see Ramsey playing on the flank, I know he’s been deployed there in the past and hasn’t impressed, but with the youngster’s current good form you have to keep the faith that he will continue to keep up the good work. Who would you play?

That’s all from me for now. Thanks for visiting!

Walcott injury leaves squad looking threadbare, Wenger claims Bendtner “can be unstoppable”

Nicklas Bendtner

Morning everyone, I personally am very glad it’s hump day; it’s been a long week and a couple of days since we were in action, when times are going well it’s funny how you miss watching the Arsenal in action and want to see them play as much as possible to keep the momentum going.

I read this morning that Tottenham have won 8 games out of their last 9, that’s pretty remarkable considering they lost their best player in the summer. Considering the scum have added a host of new players to their squad and, as seen with Sunderland already this year, that strategy doesn’t work; it’s a pretty impressive start to the year for the spuds. They won 4-0 at Aston Villa last night with Jermain Defoe grabbing a couple. Seriously, I can’t believe he stuck around at White Hart Lane after the way they’ve treated him. Anyway, let’s hope our lads can match them with a win against West Brom in the Capital One Cup tonight.

Speaking of the game this evening, we’ll be playing Nicklas Bendtner for the first time since 2011 in an Arsenal team. I honestly had never expected that the burly Dane would ever play another game for the Gunners, but it seems Arsene Wenger still sees something in the self proclaimed world’s best player and he will have another chance in the team. After disappointing loan spells at Juventus and Sunderland it will be very interesting to see how he does back with us. I’m not going to give him a hard time, but he really should have quit the club a long time ago. We don’t know whether there are financial reasons on his side or the club’s for Bendtner still being a Gunner, but I am sure most of you will agree we just want to see 100% from a player who has lost his way drastically in the past two to three years.

Arsene Wenger, rather interestingly, said in an interview: “It’s just down to attitude and fighting [spirit]. When he has that, Nicklas can be an unstoppable striker. He gets his chance. Our job is about that. Take your chance.”

I personally can’t see Bendtner ever being the unstoppable striker anywhere other than the Danish league, but I hope the forward can prove us all wrong.

In other news, it appears that Theo Walcott will be undergoing surgery on his abdominal injury this week. The England international will be flying to Germany to have some “minor surgery” and will be out of action for up to a month. I can’t help but feel this is a classic example of our players being overworked or over trained. I can’t remember the last time we had a completely injury free list of players, and when you look at Robin van Persie’s injury record since he joined Man Utd, you can see it isn’t completely impossible that our training methods are what cause all the aggravation for our squad problems. With that in mind, it looks like Serge Gnabry will continue to operate as a replacement for Walcott for the time being and our Japanese hero Ryo Miyaichi might get some game time over the coming weeks. It’s disappointing that we didn’t see this coming and Wenger should’ve been giving the players a bit more rest, but hey, when you get to mid season let’s hope our injury problems will have diminished and we’ll have a stronger squad to choose from.

That’s all from me for now – by the way thank you for visiting my blog!