Liverpool FC is trying to have the Thursday night Carling Cup game cancelled due to COVID. They have reported that Pep L, their assistant coach, is ‘suspected’ of the plague.
A quick Google scan reveals there is a precedent for this type of issue. This below segment comes courtesy of Leyton Orient who had the same issues against Spurs in 2020.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CARABAO CUP RULES, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR HAVE BEEN AWARDED WITH A BYE TO PROGRESS TO ROUND FOUR OF THE CARABAO CUP AND WILL NOW PLAY CHELSEA ON TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER.
The Round Three tie scheduled for Tuesday 22 September between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur could not take place following the issue by Waltham Forest Borough Council of an order preventing the match being played as planned. This followed a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for COVID-19.
The EFL Board has determined that in line with Carabao Cup Rule 5.1, the Club was unable to fulfil its obligations to complete the fixture by virtue of the Council’s order and shall therefore forfeit the tie.
If we’re going down the same path, let’s have the same outcome.
Liverpool doesn’t want to be in the Cup, they think it’s beneath them. Klopp has already made big complaints that he’d rather it be one game, but that was rejected. If Liverpool don’t want it, let’s make it super easy and give Arsenal a pass to the final.
Liverpool likely won’t get booted like Leyton Orient because they are a big club and big sponsors want to see their energy drinks up in lights next to a flying Sadio Mane elbow. It makes me really angry that the clubs with the most money, the most success, and the deepest pockets, whinge the most about losing talent.
I still can’t get over Pep Guardiola complaining about his bench after the Arsenal game… when it had a £100m player on it.
The game is big for Arsenal. It gives the squad a chance to get back to winning ways and it gives our young group of players the chance to bind their DNA a little tighter to Arsenal FC. I want to see the game as well and I know everyone would LOVE another cup final.
In transfer news, The Athletic are saying that Ainsley is very close to moving to Italy on a half-season loan. We all wanted a more ruthless Arsenal, we have it, we can’t complain when good young players don’t make the cut because there are other good young players at the club. I love Ains, but let’s be straight, he really made a mess of being offered the right-back role. Arsenal are the top end of what he’ll get in the Premier League, to reject the chance to start regularly when you’ve been good in a makeshift position shows that he’s been advised badly.
In business, if you lack talent, you can make fast progress by putting your hand up for things others don’t want to do and crushing them. I wasn’t trained in advertising to make TV spots but I wanted to be a Creative Director. I went where the porridge was cold and took all the internet bits the fancy people would physically vom at if shown in a brief. That made me a peasant in the creative hierarchy, but a king in the business one, because I could offer something of value that was hard to find, that clients wanted to buy. In advertising, Ainsley is the guy that wants to make Super Bowl spots for Nike, though he should have stick to viral Tweets for cookie brands.
At its simplest: Would you rather be average at something you like or the best at something you are good at? I think those with an elite mindset say the latter… those that say the former end up making internet commercials for hayfever tablets for a washed-up dictator.
Still, Roma will be a good experience for Ains. Outside working for a horrible human, he’ll eat better, experience another culture, and the Hinge seen will be fresher than whatever he’s looking at now.
BIG QUESTION: What the hell are we doing to our midfield?
I think it’ll be a loan or a low-key transfer, a bit like Tomiyasu. If we’re exiting someone from a light midfield, it means there’s a deal in place for someone new, because I don’t think there’s anyone below AMN that is ready for a jump in a moment like this.
It’s been surprisingly quiet elsewhere. There’s been very little movement for Auba, who is a guaranteed scorer in the right system. If you needed a new keeper, only the richest could ignore the talents of Leno. Surely there’s a club that wants a piece of Pablo Mari or Kolasinac.
Edu is pretty good at doing deals, we can’t knock him there, but he’s been next to useless whipping up a frenzy for the rest of our players.
I suspect Ben Knapper will be busy trying to find homes for some of the young kids that might have outgrown their current loans OR need a loan from U23 level because they are bossing it. Patino might be too young, but Folarin B, Tim Akinola, Moller, and Harry Clarke who came back from Ross County.
I did save one rumour until the end… Brighton is interested in Eddie. If that isn’t the most obvious transfer in history, I don’t know what is. How can a team that needs a fox in the box not have taken a look at Eddie this summer when they could have squeezed us further with Ben White.
I still have no idea what is going to happen upfront. I wonder if Arsenal might just ride it out. Whatever we have going right now works until there’s an injury. But even if there was an injury, could you switch Gabi into the middle and put ESR on the left? An overly simplistic idea that we’ve seen before.
Lacazette is the biggest worry. His style is pivotal to how operate. He’s unique, he’s difficult to replicate, and he’s in great form even if the goals aren’t there. The closer we get to June, the more he’ll be thinking about his ligaments mortality, and that 5% of worry can be huge. Lacazette, right now, is basically like driving uninsured when you want to be insured. It’s very risky and risk-averse players aren’t what you need when you are battling a fine margins Premier League table.
I’ve run out of things to say.
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