Arsenal are looking to end their 5 year trophy drought, with victory in the League Cup. Heavy favourites in their semi-final against Ipswich – who are fresh from a 7-0 hiding at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal should meet either West Ham or Birmingham in the Final. Arsene Wenger has taken this competition seriously this year, and after the early exits of Chelsea and Man Utd it has been plain sailing for the gooners. Personally, I would be delighted if Arsenal won the league title this year, it would be a triumph for Wenger’s methods. Therefore, a trophy in March could see Arsenal push on in the league and continue winning, time will tell.
Its hard not to like this Arsenal side and style of play, as a Liverpool fan I hated the Arsenal sides of the 80’s and 90’s. One of my first memories of football was that cruel climax to the season in 88/89 season,
where Arsenal won the.. Actually, it still hurts to even think about. Even the side in the late 90’s early 2000’s was hard not to like, Bergkamp, Overmars, Pires, Henry.. real classy players who entertained. Sure, Thierry Henry used to crucify Jamie Carragher and tear us to pieces at times, but sometimes you had to stand back and admire (as a fan, not a defender).
This current side of Fabregas, Wilshire, Song, Vermaelen, RVP, Nasri and Walcott play the most mesmerizing football at times, passing teams to death. Yes, they may lack the killer instinct and not be as stable as the old Arsenal defence of the 80’s (massive understatement) but the philosophy Wenger has instilled in this team should be rewarded. Hopefully, the Carling Cup will be the start of something special for Arsenal this year.
Ipswich beware, you thought Chelsea was a tough game, wait until Arsenal have given you a spanking over two legs. In a week which has seen Arsene Wenger been awarded coach of the decade, and UEFA laud Arsenals financial model, they should also be a step closer to that first trophy in 5 years.
Anyway, enough of this Arsenal love-fest. Im looking forward to seeing Kenny’s Liverpool team in action at Blackpool tonight, revenge is on the cards for that humiliating defeat at Anfield. And more importantly the Merseyside Derby at Anfield is on Sunday, Dalglish’s first home game in charge since his return as LFC boss, sure to be an emotional day. None more so than for my Dad, who will be watching the game on his new 40” flat screen TV with Sky HD!