By Walter Broeckx
Now that was a fine example of shooting oneself in the foot. What looked to be a rather very dull affair was suddenly a mountain to climb after some 26 minutes.
It was as if both teams didn’t really wanted to go out for it. Both teams contented with holding each other at arm’s length like you see sometimes in a Judo fight at the Olympics.
And then the most important thing is to not make a mistake. I think a certain Carl will have nightmares this night. He of all people. I feel a bit sorry for him. His back header was too short and the onrushing Aspilicueta could put the ball in the net with a little help from the post. Nothing seemed really on in the counter attack that was broken up by an Arsenal player. So it came out of nothing really. But they all count.
To be honest about the team there was a lacking fluidity from Arsenal in this game. Ryo worked hard but couldn’t do anything and I hate to say it but it looks to me that his time is up. I think Gnabry who is younger is a far better player and will be taking whatever place Ryo was hoping for. Certainly now when we are out of the league cup.
Bendtner couldn’t show anything as he got no service at all. The balance wasn’t there in the team. Some players trying to play other positions but then not being in the positions they usually could be helping in attack. Our play was a bit like my internet stream: not very fluent at times.
And I know that not many on Untold have anything against Bacary Sagna but some Gooners out there are moaning about him constantly but forgive me but Jenkinson is not really a Bacary. On the left flank Monreal was having a good game I thought. His shot just wide deserved maybe better, but that is how it goes.
Not many chances for either side for the rest in the first half. Dowd could have given a penalty that he would have given against Arsenal in favour of Newcastle, a few years ago when Luiz was pulling the shirt of Koscielny at a free kick so he couldn’t run towards the ball.
In the second half we tried harder to get level and we had a few promising attacks but the Chelsea defensive line up with 2 defensive midfielders didn’t gave much away. Chelsea speculated on the counter and then my stream jammed. Maybe also the Arsenal team as suddenly I saw a replay of Mata making it 0-2. Oh well that’s it for this year in the league cup.
We still tried and should have scored at least one goal. We did have a few chances now but didn’t have what was needed.
We now could sit here and moan all night. Some will of course. But I will not be that sad. Of course I’m sad as we lost a game and I don’t like us to lose a game. But losing in the Milk cup is not the worst thing that can happen. It is apart from a day at Wembley a not very attractive competition. And it takes a lot of energy from teams in the semi finals (played in two games) and the final played on a regular PL match day and then the catching up to do afterwards. So in January we will be happy about losing it and will have more time between matches.
So it could in fact be beneficial in the long run. Chelsea and MU go further and will have to play more midweek matches. I could even hope that the spuds would go further for the same reason. Without winning it in the end if you don’t mind of course. And semi finals between those 3 teams and Manchester City could be fun.
In a way we are now a bit more in the comfortable Liverpool situation. They can sit back and enjoy the others getting more tired while they have a week to prepare the next game. We now only have to worry about the CL matches apart from the PL matches till January.
For the moment we don’t have the squad yet to play in 4 competitions. We might have if it, if all our players would be fit but as that isn’t the case we have to see that we don’t get too much overload on the players who are still fit. Maybe in a few years time we will have the options to have a few world champions on the bench or to have half a dozen of CL winners in the B-line up. Not for now however.
So not happy as we lost a game but as it is in the league cup I’m not heartbroken. In a way I even wouldn’t have minded us going out in the penalty shoot out at WBA a month ago. At the end I was happy with the outcome at the time but a few minutes afterwards I felt that we could miss those extra games. Well they are out of the way now.
More important things are awaiting us. And like the club has said a few weeks ago: the PL is the most important thing they aim at this season. So let us focus on next Saturday when the team who is right behind is will pay a visit to North London. That is a far more important game than a league cup game.
Take it on the chin and move on.
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