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Out of one cup – Preparing to make it two…

7 comments January 28th, 2006

Forgive me for being negative, but I’m ill. Haven’t made any updates all week because I’ve been down with what could turn out to be glandular fever. Hurrah.

This meant I was unable to attend the 2nd leg of our Carling Cup Semi-final with Wigan. That wasn’t such a bad thing. As you all know by now, horrendous defending yet again from Senderos and Campbell allowed Roberts to stab home a last second goal that put them through on away goals.

Really gutting stuff. Robin van Persie’s extra-time free kick seemed to have swung it for us, but yet again our defensive flaws are made obvious. With Senderos and Campbell, neither defender sweeps in behind like Toure. They simply don’t have the pace. It is an awful combination, and should be avoided.

So how do you respond to going out of one cup competitions? By resting Lauren, Pires, Bergkamp, and Henry, apparently. Hardly ambitious on Wenger’s part, especially when you conisder we’re already missing Gilberto, Ashley Cole, Gael Clichy, Pascal Cygan, Cesc Fabregas, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Emmanuel Eboue.

To me, it reeks of surrender. I know Bolton play an aggressive game that we find hard to cope with, but sending a bunch of kids to the slaughter does not seem the appropriate course of action. We can only hope the youngsters fight fire with fire, and show the sort of determination that some of the senior players clearly lack.

Come on Arsenal.

God that was half-hearted. A bit like our season.

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