Category Archives: Capital One Cup

Was it really so bad for Arsenal to exit League Cup?

Southampton loss no disaster by Sam P

Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal wanted to win this game and stay in the Capital One, or League cup. Arsene Wenger has a pretty strong squad to pick from so even though he made a lot of changes, he would have hoped the players that came in would have been able to beat Southampton at home.

But realistically, they are a good team in great form and this competition means more to them than it does to us. I know that it is a good chance of another trophy for the Gunners and we have been starved of them in recent years, but we have to be ambitious and look at the Premier League and Champions League.

Arsenal v Southampton review – Alexis stunner not enough!!

JustArsenal’s Mr Admin was generously invited by Huawei to this game at the Emirates, so we were wined and dined before the action started. But we were given excellent seats to watch the action from the start.

Taken with my new Huawei Arsenal Smartphone before the game!

It was always going to be a tough night for Arsenal against a strong Saints line-up that was not much changed. Arsene Wenger made plenty, as expected, but it still looked a pretty strong midfield and attack, with the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski and Alexis in there.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Southampton

As expected, it is a much changed Arsenal starting line-up that Arsene Wenger has picked for the third round visit of Southampton in the Capital One Cup. The big news, though, and something that should put a smile on all of our faces, is the return of Abou Diaby, as the most unlucky Frenchman in football makes his first senior start in 19 months.

It is a decent looking side as well, reflecting the fact that Wenger now has a much stronger looking Arsenal squad to choose from. Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski is certainly not too shabby looking a front line, while Rosicky and Wilshere alongside Diaby is a fairly strong looking midfield as well. It is the defence that looks a bit inexperienced and could be a weak link tonight.

Ospina buzzing but ready for a testing Arsenal debut!

The signing of David Ospina was one of the least talked about Arsenal transfers of the summer, but I think that the capture of the Colombia international for around £3 million from the French club Nice was a very good pice of business from Arsene Wenger.

After all, the keeper is one of the most important positions in the team and Ospina showed at the World Cup that he was a real top quality player between the sticks, with great shot stopping and distribution and an excellent pair of hands when dealing with crosses.

Diaby’s Arsenal return to earn a place for Chelsea clash?

After suffering an amazing and unlucky number of injuries, around 40, in his eight years as an Arsenal player, it is pretty incredible that Abou Diaby has not just thrown in the towel. And many other clubs and managers might have given up on the Frenchman, but not Arsene Wenger and Diaby could be about to repay the faith of his manager.

How serious should Arsenal take Southampton in League Cup?

We all know the usual drill with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, or whatever name it had in the past, as Arsene Wenger tends to use the competition, especially in the earlier rounds, to give the young Gunners and fringe players some valuable game time and experience.

But the game tomorrow at the Emirates might be different. With Southampton coming to town, Arsenal are facing strong opposition, who have no European games to worry about and so their manager Ronald Koeman may want to keep the team that has been doing so well recently, together.

Will Emirates cup be alone or one of many Arsenal trophies?

I might be jumping the gun a bit here, but after a 5-1 win in the first game, Arsenal are nailed on to win the Emirates Cup this weekend. With a point for every goal scored, the Gunners sit on eight points, with Benfica on just one and Valencia and our opponents today, Monaco, on just three. So as long as we don’t take a heavy defeat and fail to score, Arsenal will win the trophy for the first time since 2010.

A call to Arsenal fans – Stay Positive and make some noise!

From one fan to another by DG

Hello Arsenal fans. We are nearing another Premier League weekend which will have most of us at the edge of our seats, because we are going up against Liverpool, a side which has performed quite well in the start of EPL. Arsenal on the other hand has been equally impressive in the Premier League. This has resulted in us leading the table. The season starter for Arsenal was one which we all wanted to forget and many of us have actually forgot after some awe inspiring football by the Gunners.

Arsenal defence must stand firm to get through tough fixtures

Defensive mistakes must be ironed out! by Ash

Arsenal last night lost their Capital One Cup game vs Chelsea at the Emirates, in what was a painful 2-0 defeat. The Gunners showed little resilience and determination, much like the game at the start of the season against Aston Villa. And although I don’t want to make comparisons to the two, it’s necessary to notice that after 2 consecutive home defeats, the times are slightly worrying for Arsenal.

Arsenal have A LOT to learn from Chelsea defeat – Worrying times!

Lessons still to be learned for the new Arsenal by KM

Arsenal played a really bad game against Chelsea last night. Onto the disappointing things straight away; I think the worse thing from that game was our attitude. We were playing at home in theory but their fans outsung us by a mile and that was the beginning of the loss. On the other hand we didn’t press them at all. It really looked like they were the home team and they looked more mature, calm and were the team wanting to win more.

Detailed infographic report of Arsenal’s cup loss to Chelsea

Arsenal 0 v 2 Chelsea Match Report Infographic by Matt from

Arsene Wenger opted to field a fairly senior side against an inevitably strong Chelsea team, and despite calling on a host of our big name stars, Jose Mourhino’s men were clinical and the Gunners are out of the Capital One cup.

Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla were the only players to remain in the line-up from the weekend, but the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Nacho Monreal and Tomas Rosicky added plenty of experience and ability to the Gunners.

Wenger’s failure to sign a striker could ruin Arsenal’s season

Wenger had to sign a striker in summer by Dave N

I am absolutely furious. Watching Arsenal try to score against a strong and resolute Chelsea side with Nicklas Bendtner up front was like watching a bullfighter facing a boll with a feather duster rather than a sword, and the painful truth is that it should never have happened.

Of course Olivier Giroud needs a rest sometimes, and I understand the the `mickey mouse` cup is not that big a deal, but if we had been able to field a decent striker last night then the outcome could have been much different and we might still be in the competition, which does come with a trophy at the end by the way.