Carling Cup preview: Arsenal vs Shrewsbury, Why we can’t lose, Cesc comments proved to be false.

Firstly, an apology to everyone regarding Fabregas’ recent statement. No, I did not give a shit about what he said about us not winning anything, rather it was more of the return clause to Arsenal which I placed much emphasis on, and perhaps gave some of you false hope. The interview, may in fact have been made up, and Fabregas has announced that the magazine responsible has apologised.

Got the apology and retraction from that magazine that made up an interview about me. Can’t believe some journalists.


Some goods news too today. Wilshere has said his ankle feels better, and hopefully that is an indicator we would see young Jacky strutting his stuff on the pitch again soon. Who knows, his return might spark us back to emphatic 4-0 5-0 victories.

For those of you yearning to hear Silent Stan speak about the future he has for Arsenal, Gazidis has announced that Arsene still has the confidence of the owner, and that the American would come out and speak to the public soon. How soon is that, we don’t know, as Stan says he would only when he comes to UK next. That could be anytime from now till forever. Whether it would be as short as a statement which Stan Korenke gave previously, again, we don’t know.

What I do know, is that the Mickey Cup finally takes place tonight, and what had been our breeding ground for budding youngsters is now viewed more seriously, as Wenger aims to end our 6 years drought.

Despite placing more importance on the Carling Cup, Arsene has still chosen to place some faith in our current youngsters. The squad list shows numerous youngsters, alongside with some experience players like Chamakh and Djourou.

Arsene has
hinted that Park Chu Young may feature. I for one am interested to see how the Korean would perform, and what he would bring to our game. Unfortunately tonight’s game is not televised, but hopefully some match highlights would be provided for us to assess the performance.

With that squad list above, the most definite starters would be Chamakh, Fabianksi, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Djourou, Gibbs, Jenkinson, and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ryo Miyaichi might not start as he is still nursing a knock from last Tuesday’s reserve game. Park Chu Young might also start, should Arsene go with a a rumour that he is set to revert to a 4-4-2 formation for this match. Ignasi Miquel, who came on against Liverpool in the league, should also be starting.

Hence, my prediction for the line up would be:

Fabianksi, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Djourou, Miquel, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Chamberlain, Park, Chamakh.

The team above may not look much, but they have players with more than considerable amount of experience. Chamberlain was the best League one player last season, and if he can’t do some damage to a League Two side, then he should be viewed as the most expensive flop acquired this season. Fabianksi, Gibbs, Djourou, Chamakh and Benayoun are all seasoned in the Premier League before. Park and Coquelin were both playing in the the Ligue 1 last season. The only exception are Miquel, Frimpong, and Jenkinson. The first two have never went on loan, and only made their professional starts this season. Jenkinson played for Charlton in the League Two last season, but that was only a paltry 8 games.

With the vast amount of experience on the pitch, and quality, there is absolutely no reason why we should lose. However, caution must be exercised as Shrewsbury are not lacking in confidence, after disposing of Swansea in the last round, and are performing relatively well in the League Two.

The defense would be different to the one against Blackburn, but they should do well to heed Arsene’s advise, and that is to concentrate, communicate, coordinate. If the players here are smart, especially Gibbs, Chamakh and Benayoun, this is really a game to stake their place in the first team. Perhaps the one with most at stake would be Chamakh, should he be outperformed by Park, may find himself playing second fiddle not only to Van Persie, but to Park Chu Young as well. Hence, there is incentive for the players to perform tonight.

With motivated, experienced and quality players on the pitch, at the Emirates, Arsenal should prove to be more than capable of winning this match with ease. Despite this being a Mickey Cup fixture, the crowd would certainly do well to get behind our team, and cheer them to a rousing win.

Hopefully, the young lads would do that tonight, and give everyone something to cheer about. So, COME ON YOU GUNNERS!


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