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Arsenal 5 Tiny Totts 3. And now its the teeny weeny cup

By Bulldog Drummond.

First the afternoon result: Arsenal under 18s 5 Tiny Tottenhams 3.  Our goals from Fortune, Nelson, Robinson (2), Nketiah.

And so here we are again, at the soon to be closed for repairs White Hart Lane.

And here we are with a team in the League Cup which is probably not going to be so different from the team that lost in Europe last week.

It seems there is a chance that Alex Iwobi and Krystian Bielik could be involved, but not too many others.

What we do know is that Francis Coquelin has a knee injury, but Per Mertesacker is ok.  And of course Gabriel can play now all he faces is a charge of not leaving the pitch quickly enough when we wasn’t sent off.

This is of course the anniversary of the famous game on 23 September 2008 when Arsenal put out a youth team and beat Sheffield U 6-0 in League Cup.  Fabianski, Hoyte, Djourou, Song, Gibbs, Randall, Ramsey, Merida, Wilshere, Bendtner, Vela.  Among the substitutes was … Francis Coquelin.

As for tonight, “It will be quite an experienced squad with one or two younger players,” said the boss.

So Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Joel Campbell, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Flamini and perhaps Emiliano Martinez could be on hand, but I suspect Oooooooooospina will play.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide might just have expected to be on the beach but he is injured at the moment.

Tottenham Hotspur played in the Capital One Cup last March and lost to the bunch of hearty roughs we call Chelsea.  Whether they will play their first team or not I don’t know.  Harry Kane scored against us last time round and I am not clear who their back up striker is.

Tottenham are doing ok at present with wins over Sunderland, Crystal Palace and the mighty Qarabag.  The Milk Cup or whatever it is to be called is probably their best chance of a trophy, unless they really take the Europa seriously this, so they could really put the whole first team in the game.

Pochettino speaking of this match said, “It is the derby. It was important to win this game last season – for the players and for the belief in the philosophy. And it’s very important to win it again. You beat Arsenal and it’s a big impact.

“After, we would need to follow it. We play Manchester City on Saturday, Monaco next Thursday and Swansea on the Sunday. But it’s true that this is special. You can feel it in the changing room and in the training sessions.”

Pochettino is said to be ready to rest Toby Alderweireld at centre-half.  Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose who once scored an extraordinary goal against us, are expected to be the full-backs.

Mr Wenger said, “Every single game that you play you want to win but especially this one. It is a bit more special because it’s always a big meaning. We want to get back into winning habits and that’s why the momentum is even more important for us. We have massive, massive potential to become bigger than we are now.”

  • There have been 12 meetings between the clubs in the League Cup, including four semi-finals.
  • The last such meeting was  third round in 2010/11 at White Hart Lane. We won the game 4-1 after extra time.
  • Tottenham have been eliminated by Premier League opposition in the previous nine years, apart of course from the year they won it.
  • Last season’s third-round defeat to Southampton was our earliest League Cup exit since November 2002.
  • We haven’t been eliminated in an away third-round tie since 1991/92, when Coventry won at Highfield Road.

My guess for the team…

Gibbs Koscielny  Mert Debuchy
Ramsey Arteta
Sánchez Özil Oxlade-Chamberlain

The injury list
  • Newcastle 10
  • Man City 9
  • Everton 8
  • Aston Villa 6
  • Crystal Palace 5
  • Arsenal, Bournemouth, Southampton, WHU: 4
  • Liverpool, Man U: 3
  • PGMO, Leicester, Norwich, Stoke, Tottenham: 2
  • Sunderland, WBA 1
  • Swansea: 0
Arsenal injuries: Coquelin, Wilshere, Rosicky, Welbeck.
Two Bergkamp anniversaries today
  • 23 September 1995: Dennis Bergkamp scored his first two goals for Arsenal, and in the 4-2 defeat of Southampton at Highbury.  Adams and Wright scored the other goals to make it seven unbeaten.
  • 23 September 2000: A 1-1 draw with Ipswich (with a goal from Bergkamp) made it 3 draws and 3 victories in the last six.  Arsenal then went on to win the next five.

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