Oh here she is, it’s the Carling Cup… or Milk Cup… or Capital One Cup. Whatever, it’s that time of the year where we get to see what’s coming through the ranks, or, the more recent trend of seeing what’s coming out of the medical room.
… and first out of the blocks.
It’ll be our chance to clap eyes on the the enigma that is ABOU DIABY.
He’s been the ‘like a new signing’ poster boy for the last 8 years. He’s fit, he’s ready to go for 56minutes and I can’t wait. He’s always been a talent, but realistically, he’s 28 now… if there were such thing as a mental footballing age, he’d still be 22. Massively inexperienced, very rusty and hugely inconsistent. You could see Paddy 02 or you could see Nik B out on the wing. Who knows…
I’d expect that we’ll see some other players who are pottering around the edge of the first team. Ideally, we won’t see any first team defenders because those boys are more precious than the The Ring at the moment (Lord Of The Ring… not that ring you pig).
We’ll be seeing a debut from David Ospina. The Columbian World Cup hero. I really hope he turns in a stunner of a performance. I still think he’ll be number 1 by the end of the season. We’ll see though, making the move from an dirt average French club to the Premier League is a massive ask. Also, Wenger and keepers is a blend as smooth as whisky and orange juice. Hopefully he’s got this one right… we’ll see though.
Midfield will lean on the experience of Thomas Rosicky, a man ostracised for no apparent reason this season. I’d like to see someone like Zelalem make a start. Lots of potential that seems to have moved off track recently. I like the look of Crowley, he feels like the next big talent on our books, maybe a bit early for him to make a debut.
Up top, I think it’s going to be Sanogo. I’d prefer to see CHUBA, but hey, that’s just me. I’m just a big old xenophobe. Jokes aside, I think Akpom looks the better talent right now, but hey, I only see the players train when I hide in the Colney bins. Not the best view.
We’ve a dearth of talent coming through. We have a new man in Joncker, but he won’t have had time to impact how we operate. The League Cup used to be an outrageous talent show, it’s lost its sparkle of late because our scouting network has been caught and surpassed. City and Chelsea seem to be dominating where we once excelled. One of my main issues with Arsenal is there’s never a reaction. Other teams found France… instead of going East, we carried on trying to tap France. What’s our reaction to the youth scouting issue?
Who knows, I’m just a blogger who hangs out in bins.
Important thing tonight is that we rest players. We have some big games coming up and this Cup really isn’t top of the priority list when you consider our injuries.
Right, enjoy tonight if you’re going and please, please, please… refrain from Mexican waves.
P.S. Ozil said Arsenal had analysed how Villa play pre game.
1. About time.
2. Analysing the opposition should be like having a brainstorm at a marketing agency. The fact he’s saying it shows it’s a new thing. Let’s hope it’s continued.