Arsenal draw Baggies in the Carling cup.

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Adam, Dec 3, 2003.

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  1. Anonymous

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    Remember it was the same set of youngsters that struggled to beat Rotherham in the first game.

    WBA are a very strong team, top of Div One and playing very well. They will beat our young team, especailly with home advantage. They are taking this cup seriously. If any of you saw the mancs last night you will have seen how they just didnt have any physical presence which resulted in their defeat. It would be the same for us.

    Wenger will have to play some experienced pros or will we get badly beaten. But i dont want him to play any first team players. There is no point, this cup is worthless. The one thing we dont need is more games.

    The youngsters have had their fun now, so i will settle for a graceful defeat.
  2. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    I hope you are right. West Brom won't be a pushover at the Hawthorns.
  3. Taozhe

    Taozhe New Member Trusted

    GLass always half empty huh? Well, I'll settle for a marvelous victory then. Always optimistic and things look bright for us.

    Even if we do not win it, I'll be happy to say that we did well with our handicapped finances and FA biasness :)
  4. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    WTF is going on? We play Blackburn on Sunday then we have to play WBA 2 days later? I'm sorry but thats a load of b*llocks! Some of the players who play against Blackburn will be involved against WBA too!
  5. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    Let's be honest - WBA are pants! Their best player is not even good enough for our reserves. It's the situation (away at Hawthorns) which is hindering us.

    I believe the team will read like : Stack, Clichy, Keown, Cygan, Hoyte (if he isn't injured) Bentley, Cesc, Edu/Parlour, Wiltord/Parlour, Kanu, Aliadiere.

    And that team can get a result.
  6. lewdikris

    lewdikris New Member Elite

    Barely anyone - it will make Wenger's selection much easier. And will mean he plays more of the yoots.

    I'd expect it to be much the same team that played against Rotherham, minus Hoyte who's out, and with a bit of a rejig in defence.


    Toure Senderos Cygan Clichy

    Wiltord Cesc Edu Bentley

    Kanu Ali

    Maybe Parlour on the right if he's back by then.

    Let's get this right now though - West Brom are a better team than Wolves. Not so ancient, not so prone to complete mental crumbling, and this is a much much harder test. But that team could beat most teams, most days.

    The important thing is that Bentley, Cesc and Ali get games - they're the big hopes for the future, and Cesc needs a chance to prove how good he might end up being. And Senderos is a debut we all wanna see - it's been a longtime coming with injury. Looking forward to it.
  7. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    I'd have thought Keown would be put instead of Senderos. Purely because West Brom will play a direct style of football that Senderos hasn't had the experience of yet. And Keown is the conneiseur of defending against it!
  8. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    Hopefully now Arsène will take this competition a bit more seriously coz we have a decent chance of winning it and a trophy's a trophy!
  9. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    remember we played a match on sunday then we played man u in the worthless on the monday.
  10. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    Yeh when Wiltord scored that hat-trick and we crushed them 4-0. Think it was on Bonfire night.
    Wenger's never won the Carling cup so It would be great if he could add it to his already marvellous cv.
  11. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    even if we dont win it would be great to get to final.

    cause if we lose it will make the team wanna win the league even more.
  12. GoonerGurjit

    GoonerGurjit New Member Elite

    No way. If we get to the final then we have to win! I can't taking losing in finals.
  13. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    This is the Carling Cup. Nobody remembers winning this at all. We can afford to take risks with youngsters. The only reason i want the team to go far in the competition is so that the youngsters get more games!

    It would be a great acheivement if the youngsters got to the final and won it, and it would give them great confidence. Imagine the media coverage on it! Iam not going to rule this out from happening, because I think that team named on the page before is good enough to win it.

    Would Arsène change the team in the final in an attempt to guarantee the win? Or would he stay faithfull with the youngsters because of the confidence it would give them and because of the experience of a final?

    That's an interesting one. But it's dangerous talking about a final because we are only in the quarters!
  14. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    media coverage seems **** for us, well when its good coverage.

    i mean everyone was slating us at the start and we were top and beat inter 5-1.

    then papers start sayin we hav beswt youngsters, henry is god, and one man team, ****ed us up 2 draws against 2 **** teams yes they are **** compared to us.
  15. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    oh yea and i think wenger would still field a base of the team that made it to final with a few more seniors.


    hoyte keown stathis clichy

    wiltord parlour cesc/edu bentley/ljungberg

    ali kanu



  16. Valleyman

    Valleyman New Member

    We actually got to the Quarters a few years back when we were demolished by future champs Blackburn
  17. Valleyman

    Valleyman New Member

    By the way, good line up game24
  18. reggiepaul

    reggiepaul New Member

    Hey I want to win this. It's going to be a cold cold day at the baggies ground and a win is so cool. The brummies' faces after a loss is priceless.

    I am sure the club will calculate whether to progress in this is worthwhile (for only two games) or to take it easy and continue to play youngsters.

    I would love to play youngsters as winning the cup with our youngsters throughout will be quite amazing, but it is still a victory and it is still something. I know the FA Cup has far more prestige but practically the Carling Cup is still a knockout comp involving most teams so it is something.

    Last season Sunderland caught us out. Now this is a lot more fun after the teams we have put forward for the competition. I'd love to go all the way and win it after these first two games being what they were.
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