Should Arsenal have at least tried to beat Southampton? It is still a trophy

Arsene made ten changes to the Arsenal team on Wednesday when they faced a good Southampton side in the Quarter-Final of the League Cup. If we had won it we would have been two semi-final games away from a Wembley appearance and a great day out for the fans, and maybe even a trophy to show for it!

But Wenger made his decision and the Gunners were duly defeated by the Saints to reach the last four. But should Wenger have tried a little harder to win it? Yes we all know Wenger wants to concentrate on the Champions League (in which we have no hope whatsoever) and the Premier League, which will be harder to win this season than ever before. But wouldn’t it be nice to have just one little trophy at least at the end of the season?

One person who is livid about it is the ex-Arsenal player Paul Merson, who vented his anger in the Star. He wrote: What is Arsene Wenger on? Ten changes for a quarter-final? Unbelievable. You’re not going to win the trophy resting all your players. But why weren’t they all banging down his door demanding to play? It’s a quarter-final. Arsenal could have won a trophy. When their grandkids ask them what they did at Arsenal, what will they say? ‘Oh I came fourth every year and made the club lots of money’.

Win this competition and you can tell them you won a trophy at Wembley. They will all be watching the final when it comes along wishing they were in it. Win this trophy in February and it buys you March and April. The fans can’t complain then. They will now, and quite right too. It was so disrespectful to do that.

They put a team of kids out against a Premier League side. A good Premier League side as well. They were asking for trouble. Even if the game only cost a tenner for some fans, it’s not good enough. They should have let them all in free if they were going to mug it off like that. Any of the teams left in it can win the thing now and they will all fancy their chances. But Arsenal might as well not have been in it.

They’ve even thrown away their unbeaten record. It’s unbelievable.

I guess he has a point. The Emirates was packed, no matter how much they paid for their tickets, they still came to cheer on a side that was unbeaten since the opening day of the season. They expected to see them win, so it is little wonder there were boos at the end of the night…..

How many of them are going to go out of their way to bring their kids to another League Cup game in the future if not even Wenger is interested in winning it?

Darren N.


  1. legend Henry says:

    That guy Wenger is has passed his best.
    The most AKBs supporters won’t deny that Arsenal is not capable of winning the premier league talk less of the champions league trophy.Yet Wenger acts like he can win it.
    For me,i have spared myself from the emotional torture of Wenger.

  2. Twig says:

    Gooners what do you think about the reported move for Payet in January?

    _______Payet Ozil Walcott
    _______Coquelin Cazorla
    Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Bellerin

    1. Arsenal007 says:

      Payet would undoubtedly be an awesome signing.
      Would we get him?
      I don’t know.

      1. G-Rude says:

        Wenger won’t get Payet. He could have before but didnt think he was good enough. Right now he is a one season wonder and we have loads of midfielders/wingers already.

      2. Jansen says:

        Don’t get your hopes up. Wenger will buy anyone in January. Payet is a wet dream.

  3. G-Rude says:

    But back to the question YES we should try and win it!
    A trophy is a trophy is a trophy and the fans love to go to Wembley.
    We only have 4 trophies a year to ain at. Why ignore one?
    I would have been really angry if I was at the game.

  4. Jansen says:

    I think we did try to win. Many players on the pitch were 1st team players. Only a few kids.

    Southamptons kids just were better and their team better prepared.

    I don’t blame Wenger on his team selection. He truly believe Ramsey is great.

    I blame the manager AND team on the pitch for their lack of urgency and fitness.

    You can not tell me that these player, had they played like it was the CL final, could not have won this game.

  5. Onochie says:

    @Jansen yet they played it like an unimportant Match,even wenger was not furious at the players or showed any disappointment during and after the game. If you were on the pitch and you make back passes,lose the ball easily,don’t charge down at opponent when in position,then you look at your manager/coach and he’s seated,relaxed,not even bother about your abysmal display,the player wouldn’t even be bothered to make any improvement

  6. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t understand how that dude didn’t expect a raft of changes, it looks to me like he is trying too hard to be offended, acting a bit high and mighty. We all know what to expect with this competition. We still had some players who get first team football from time, and yes they were poor. Acting like Arsenal should not lose a game like this is more baffling than Arsenal’s second string losing to a well drilled Southampton side. The unbeaten run, lets face it, it’s the top two comps is all we care about, and people who disagree with that statement are likely the ones who bashed our FA cup success.

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