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.
With our injury situation, I don’t blame Wenger for completely resting Ramsey, Welbeck, Ozil and Arteta. If we beat Spurs on Saturday we’ll soon forget an early cup exit to another Premier League club. It’s a shame that some of the Gunners who played tonight might not get too many more chances in the first team, which these cup games are great for, but they also throw up more games and possible replays in a hectic schedule.
Hopefully the FA cup draw will be kinder when it comes around. Until then Arsenal can take this on the chin and try to get back in the groove with another win over the local rivals.