Hello again Arsenal FC Bloggers.
It feels like forever since I’ve greeted you like an old friend but here I am, wine in hand, doing just that. I have to apologise for the lack of consistent posting over the past fortnight – the holiday to Malaysia saw me take a week offf and since I’ve been back a move to a different (bigger, yay) room in my house has taken up a lot of time. As a result things like guest posts and the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast have fallen away for a bit but now I’m back and settled in I can’t wait to get things happening again.
I mentioned yesterday that the weekend win over Wigan was a welcome stress-relief after some volcanic encounters and tonight’s Carling Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion carries with it that same relaxed feel.
As is the norm in this competition the Young Guns will be given the opportunity to show their worth and Arsene Wenger has unsurprisingly confirmed that the likes of Jack Wilshere, Armand Traore and goalkeeper Whydya Justsneeze will be on the team sheet. Joining the very young players will be more established squad members including grandpa Mikael Silvestre as well as Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs, while Carlos Vela will return from an ankle problem and Philippe Senderos will make his first appearance for the club after a year in Milan. The suggestion from Guardian journalist and Arsenal guru Amy Lawrence is that Kerrea Gilbert, Francis Coquelin and Gilles Sunu will fill the other three places but we’ll have to wait and see.
I must confess that I won’t be watching the game tomorrow – a 4.45am start for a streamed Carling Cup is a little bit too much of a stretch – but given the performances by our young team in recent seasons I expect them to win. It certainly won’t be easy against a recently-relegated West Brom but this is the competition that all the young guns get worked up about and they’ll be raring and ready to put in the sort of effort which says “Pick me for the first team, Arsene! I’m good enough!”
Aside from the Carling Cup there’s not too much floating about the info-bloggo-webosphere.
Robin van Persie has both praised Thomas Vermaelen for his application and impact since joining the club and admitted that he needs to score more goals as the team’s main striker. He’s definitely right about the first and certainly has the right idea about the second, but personally I’ve been delighted with the effort and quality of performances that van Persie has put in so far this season. The goals might not be flowing just yet but he is throwing his body around well, linking superbly with the players around him and is adapting well to his new position. The impression I get is that he’s probably trying too hard in front of goal and if he can just relax and grab a couple then I don’t think 20 goals in the league is beyond him.
And that’s really it. I’ll have some thoughts on tonight’s game in tomorrow’s post so stay tuned. Cheers!
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