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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!

Under-hyped Southampton game gives Arsenal chance to extend lead at top

Arsenal Southampton

The game this weekend against the Saints represents a huge challenge for the Gunners. One thing I can’t work out is why a game between 1st place and 3rd place in the league isn’t receiving the media attention that it rightly deserves. I think part of the reason is the pasting that Arsenal gave Southampton last season, but this year they look a completely different outfit. I’m really impressed with the way Mauricio Pochettino has taken chargeat St. Mary’s. He’s spent money pretty wisely and most importantly he has sorted out that leaky defence. At the heart of that, they have the impressive Dejan Lovren, who is teaching the English youngsters there just how to control a backline. Take Luke Shaw for example. He’s a real prospect and a future international. Alongside the Croatian Lovren, he’s becoming a real candidate for a World Cup spot. Artur Boruc in goal is one of the most experienced shot stoppers in Europe and Southampton’s defensive record is officially second to none. Expect a very difficult game for us and we need to take the game by the scruff of the neck from the off. I don’t think this is an easy game for us. I actually predicted that this would be a draw, with Southampton playing some counter attacking football alongside neat defending, whilst we would go out in a very aggressive attacking manner. I’d like to see Wenger have some caution, but we need to tire the other team out. They’re a good team but they also lack some experience, so what we need to do is show our fitness levels and run them off the pitch. The return of Theo Walcott is a huge bonus for us. It’s against his old club so I’m sure he will be keen to put in a good performance.

I really fancy the Saints to take the lead and us to score a late leveller. I just think Wenger will fuck up his tactics for this game. That being said, the draw won’t be a particularly bad result, it’s just going to dent our chances of a huge lead in the league at Christmas time, which is a huge psychological advantage for any team heading into the second half of the season.

It seems that Arsenal are taking the January transfer window very seriously. Nicklas Bendtner will be sold, to one of either Crystal Palace or Hull City, and we’ll be buying a new striker to give Ollie Giroud a bit of a rest. Who that might be, I don’t know. Turns out our efforts to sign Llorente have failed as the Spaniard wants to stay at Turin, but there are plenty of names out there who’ve been linked with a transfer to the Emirates. One I saw today is Diego Forlan, who is available for a nominal fee from Internacional. West Ham are the team supposedly interested. Why not Arsenal? Sign him up for six months until the World Cup, give him the first team exposure he needs ahead of that tournament and with it guarantee goals. Ok, he didn’t do the job at United but that was years ago and he has unfinished business in England. What a good signing that would be, even at 34.

So… it really is a big weekend. Let’s hope the Gunners do the job. Come on Arsenal!