Before I get onto the Carling Cup loss overnight I have to issue (yet another) apology for the lack of a blog yesterday. I had started to write a post based on a heap of comments by Arsene Wenger and Robin van Persie among others about our win over Chelsea before my computer decided to get all cranky and stop working. Sorry about that. The show must go on though.
As I already mentioned our young guns lost 2-0 to Burnley in the Carling Cup quarter-final overnight. Unfortunately I only caught the last half an hour and can’t really tell you much about it. Apparently they played quite well but the Burnley keeper had a bit of a blinder, making some good saves from Nicklas Bendtner in particular. If anyone did catch the game then I’d encourage you to let us know how it went. Who played well? Who didn’t? Who wore pink boots? That sort of thing.
Anyone who is game to watch the highlights of Burnley’s goals can find them here.
My general thoughts on the result is that it’s not too big a deal. I’m sure some people will say that we’ve wasted our best chance to win silverware this season – and that might be true – but I’d be much happier to finish 2nd in the Premiership and not win the Carling Cup than to win it and finish 4th. It’s our lowest priority and I think although it’s the poorest result we’ve had in this competition in the past three seasons our young players have done a good job.
I’m sure supporters will look back on the wins over Sheffield and Wigan with great pride. Players like Jack Wilshere and Carlos Vela have used the competition to show the manager that they are well and truly ready for the big-time and they might not have got that chance to show their worth if we approached the competition in any other way. Needless to say, I hope the approach is the same next season and I’m sure it will be.
Apart from that there’s really not a lot going on as I said earlier.
The next Premiership game is against Wigan on Saturday afternoon and that will be followed by the trip to Porto to finalise our Champions League group standing. Given that the first-teamers have had a well-earned break this week they should be ready and raring to go in the next couple of games and anything less than a committed and vibrant performance would be extremely disappointing given the momentum that the win over Chelsea has provided.
There will be more team news and build-up to the weekend game in tomorrow’s blog. Until then, wherever you are in the world, have a lovely Wednesday.
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