Afternoon, you beautiful little devils, you.
The Capital One Cup. As a title, that doesn’t sound right. Coca-Cola, Worthington, Carling, even Littlewoods all had a familiar ring to them. Perhaps it’s just the sound of something new, but I can’t get my head around it. It just sounds peculiar to me; like it’s the type of competition a group of deluded accountants should be involved in, not a professional football team.
As for the side tonight, well, your guess is as good as mine. It’s a safe bet our key personnel for the Chelsea game won’t be involved at all, and we’ll be seeing the usual mix of youngsters and those hovering around the fringes of the first team. Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the newly healed Emmanuel Frimpong will have a place on the bench (or BENCH) and Serge Gnarby is likely to play from the start. The Boss has also revealed a few of our youngsters who could feature in some way.
Jack Wilshere is the main point of discussion, but given our manager’s cautious approach I doubt he will be involved at all – expect him to gradually be brought back into the side over the next month, and he’ll play for the reserves before he does the first team.
Another name on the lips of people predicting the XI is Olivier Giroud. It’s been mentioned that he should start to get that elusive first goal of his Arsenal career. I don’t agree with that. Oliver will score eventually, and putting him into a game where we’re trying to force the issue might not work, and will only worsen the situation should he fail to find the back of the net. Maybe he’ll be on the subs bench. Personally, I wouldn’t start him.
My best guess at the starting team is:
With Everton and Manchester City – hilariously – tumbling out of the competition last night, I think this competition represents the most likely avenue for us to get some silverware. Coventry are not in the bestof form at the moment, and I’d be expecting a few goals and a easy win.
However, football is capable of suprising us at any given moment, so let’s hope we’re not one of the fallen big boys by the end of the night.
That’s all for today, folks. What are your views on the team? How would you line up for the match? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading, you wonderful creatures.
I thought I’d finish today by showing you a picture taken from the last time we played Coventry City. The mascot is none other than Nico Yennaris.
(Picture stolen from the timeline of @GeezyPeas)