Better late than never I guess?
I don’t think anyone envisaged anything other than an Arsenal victory at Brammel Lane tonight. Sheffield United had been struggling in the Championship and had no real threat other than there physicality. But that physicality undone us last year, so the question was, how would the youngsters cope?
Well, we didn’t start off particularly well, a lot of stray passes which was unusual for even the youngsters. Song reverted back to his old ways, lunging aimlessly at a few crosses and getting pulled out of position with ease.
The first goal came when Nikki B put a great through ball through to Eduardo who roasted the Sheffield defence for pace, then unleashed hell… a 69 mph thunderbolt into the top corner! I’m sure a fellow season ticket holder said he wouldn’t make it at Arsenal… That comment has been logged in the “I told you so” section of my brain.
The second goal came in the second half, Gibbs slotted a great through ball to Eduardo, who took a couple of seconds before coolly slotting the ball past the hapless keeper.
The third goal came courtesy of a mazy run by Denilson who launched a slightly deflected shot past the keeper. By my reckoning the keeper was diving the wrong way regardless of the deflection. The goal looked like it meant a lot to Denilson.
There were a few performances of note tonight. Nikki B put in a hard working Adebayor like performance. He looks like he has inherited Walcotts indecision though. I think last night showed why Ade is picked a head of him. Although he will definitely become a great player, he certainly isn’t the finished article yet.
Diarra looked lively, some people criticised his performance, he gave away a few cheap passes and often got himself into trouble. I thought he just looked like he was trying to hard. He looks like he is going to be a great player for us, his pace is fantastic and the way he plays himself powerfully out of sticky situations excites me.
Theo looked lively again and was unlucky with when his shot hit the woodwork. He definitely looks a lot freer than he has done. I am looking forward to seeing him deployed more in the central role. Wenger has been given a headache ahead of the ManU game. Eduardo was brilliant last night, and his finishing was so cool considering the lack of match practice he has. Will Wenger play one of those two up front with Ade, or will he go with the lone striker again?
Some of the passing last night was scintillating, this has got to be one of my favourite competitions these days. I’m was excited to see the real youngsters come on late in the match, Lansbury looked a bit nervous, but Wenger said before the game that Henri and Gavin Hoyte were the closest to the first team. I was also shocked at how big Barazite was, he seems to have grown since the summer. He looks very Pires-esque!
Another victory for the Arse, and the Carling cup train steams on! Who next? Chelsea I reckon…