Category Archives: Capital One Cup

We are Gunner keep winning says Arsenal `rock` Mertesacker

Only three players have started 14 of the 15 games Arsenal have played this season, and they are Olivier Giroud, Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker. And, despite all the talk about first team players needing rest, the big German international defender is probably going to play again against Chelsea tomorrow.

You won’t hear him complaining, though, because he is enjoying the fantastic start that the Gunners have made to the season. And the 29-year old, after helping Arsenal to bounce straight back from a disappointing Champions League defeat with a hard won victory at Crystal Palace, feels that the spirit and ability in the Arsenal squad can keep the great run going. As reported by Arsenal.com, Mertesacker thinks that our rivals and the doubters in the media who keep expecting us to slip up, are in for a surprise

Why Arsenal should play Vermaelen and Koscielny together

Can the Koscielny – Vermaelen partnership ever work? by KJ

Whenever you see Mertesacker down, potentially with an injury, or you think about the possibility of rotating the Arsenal centre backs for the Capytal One Cup, you think about the Koscielny – Vermaelen partnership. You remember that both of them individually are pretty good players (but with Koscielny, for me, being significantly better) but as it always does, it dawns upon you that as a partnership, they don’t seem to work together well at all.

Arsenal MUST seize chance to stretch Premier League lead

Chance for Arsenal to increase their lead at the top. by KM

Arsenal are sitting two pretty points in front of Chelsea and Liverpool and with the moneybags of Stamford Bridge and Manchester City playing each other on Sunday, the Gunners will get a nice chance to put some distance between us and them, as long as we keep our eye on the ball and don’t take the win for granted. If West Brom can take some points off Liverpool as well, that would be fantastic.

Mourinho vows to help Arsenal in cup!! WTF?

I have pinched myself so many times this morning that my arm is starting to look like a footballer’s sleeve tattoo. Arsenal fans are not used to this, but things really are going as well as they have for many a long year. The fact that Arsenal are sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League table is good, but being there with the most injury problems in the league is pretty remarkable.

Why staying in league cup could be MASSIVE for Arsenal

Important win against WBA by KM

A lot of arsenal fans were actually fine with Arsenal dropping out of the league cup in the first round against W.B.A. I believe that’s mainly because we really looked tired against Stoke and some players needed a rest, but there’s more to this win than just good experience for the youngsters. First of all, some players needed a game and they got one. Monreal, Arteta, Vermaelen and even Bendtner added some good game time to their names. A lot of youngsters got some nice game time too and the finishing from Eisfeld was pretty neat!

Did Bendtner do enough to redeem himself with Arsenal Fans?

Bendtner leads Arsenal youth to victory by Twig

Nicklas Bendtner’s pass to Eisfeld was delightful; almost Cesc-like. Had the pass come from Arsenal new signing, Mesut Ozil, I’m sure we would all have been glowing about the assist all day long – even if he didn’t do much else after that. But since it was Nicklas Bendtner, the reception has been a little bit muted.

Arsenal player ratings and review from West Brom

West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Arsenal, (3 – 4 on penalties) player ratings by KJ

The Arsenal team in comparison to West Brom’s was a lot more inexperienced and I did fear the worst when I saw both line ups. However, the first half proved that neither team was at it, as it was a rarity to see a team keep the ball for more than a minute.

The second half is where it livened up a little bit. We managed to score thanks to some good work by Bendtner and Eisfeld (both of whom were arguably our worst players in the first half). Bendtner played a well weighted through ball and Eisfeld coolly finessed it past the keeper. 0 – 1.

Detailed Infographic report if Arsenal’s cup win

Arsenal match Infographic by Matt

It was not easy, but Arsenal made it through to the 4th round of the Capital One Cup by beating West Brom away on penalties. Due to the inclusion of so many young and fringe players, this was an excellent result which was rewarded with a home tie against Chelsea next. As ever, our friends at allarsenal.com have prepared an informative match infographic for you to enjoy, and if you have any suggestions about how to improve it or add to it, they will be taken on board. Enjoy….

MATCH REPORT INFOGRAPIHC:

Arsenal youngsters came of age in cup battle

Arsenal vs West Brom match review by Ash

Arsenal travelled to West Bromwich to face the Baggies in what was expected to be a highly contested League Cup tie. The game certainly did disappoint however as it was overall quite a flat game, however in the end thankfully the Gunners managed to come away with a win after both extra time and penalties.

It wasn’t a good game, nor was it easy to watch, however the final result is all the matters and after having to go through both 90 minutes and the extra 30 minutes of football, it all came down to a classic, nerve biting penalty shootout.

Why Wenger would have been right even if Arsenal went out of cup

It’s a marathon not a sprint by Ash

Whilst Arsenal were focusing on the Capital One Cup game against West Brom, also in the back of their minds was the Premier League title chase. Arsenal currently sit in first place in the Barclay’s Premier League after getting 12 points out of a possible 15.

But although this is all well and good for now to state that we are in fine form, these performances alone don’t guarantee success and a lot of people seem to forget that. We are just 5 Premier league games into the season and still have 33 games left to play, not to mention the Champions League and FA cup.

They think it’s all over for Frimpong at Arsenal

Frimpong surely out the door now? by Ash

Ahead of Arsenal’s 3rd round Capital One Cup game vs West Brom at the Hawthorns, Arsenal announced the official travelling squad on their website. There were a few surprise absences as well as a few surprise inclusions however ultimately the majority of the team is nothing more than expected.

West Brom vs. Arsenal review – Young Guns go through on penalties

Arsenal travelled to the Hawthorns to face West Brom in the Capital One cup, but most people would not have recognised them, because Arsene Wenger made nine changes, with lots of young players and back up players coming in. The big news was the return of Nicklas Bendtner, who has been given a chance to redeem himself.

The Arsenal defence was the most recognisable part of the team, with Fabianski in goal behind a back four of Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Monreal. Arteta returned, but in a more advanced position than usual, with young Isaac Hayden as the main defensive midfielder. Eisfeld, Gnabry and Miyaichi made up the midfield with Bendtner up top.