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Arsenal Draw City, van Persie Wants In

As we all know, Arsenal fans love the Carling cup, it brings us a chance to see some (cheaper) uninhibited football played by the future of Arsenal football club, yet amidst the euphoria of this weekend's crushing North London derby victory, the draw for the quarter finals of the Carling cup has passed us (well me at least) by.

So, better late than never.

It was always on the cards that we'd be taking a trip back to the Eastlands so soon after the controversial defeat in which Adebayor's actions cost him a three match suspension and a couple of hours pay. And so it proved to be the case.

The game promises to be a tasty one, even more so considering what when on the last time the two teams met. Any sensible manager (especially one with the resources of City) might look to leave Adebayor out of the team to keep things from boiling over, but Hughes doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who takes anything into consideration, and if I'm being honest, I really want Adebuymemore back on that field.

Robin van Persie also seems to be smelling a hint of revenge in the air.

'I want to play in that one. I'd love to play. If the boss decides to let me play, I'm happy,' said Van Persie.

'It will be a good game because Man City have a good side. If we can find the right mix - like we did in the last round against Liverpool we've a big chance of winning.'

Carling cup quarter final draw in full:
Blackburn v Chelsea
Man City v Arsenal
Man Utd v Tottenham
Portsmouth v Aston Villa

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 2 2009

Time: 11:05AM

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Hardy worth RvP knocking himself out for a CC. He and we should save him for games that have some meaning. Let the kids and fringe players make their mark in this one. That's what it's there for.
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02/11/2009 12:00:00

I agree Amos. I think we were affected by Adebayor’s antics last time that we literally took our collective eyes off the ball. A nice solid win by our academy boys would be the best possible revenge.
Sir Henry
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02/11/2009 14:21:00

This is an interesting draw and one I'm really looking forward to. I don't anticipate the Ade-paymemore factor being too big because most of our players on display for this game won't have had much contact with him (I very much doubt his highness wasted time with such peasants at the training ground). It's a good test for the likes of Ramsye, Vela and Wilshere. They will be keen to show they're ready for the first team by getting a result- which they will need to call upon their best form to produce. My move at this stage would be to get Wilshere on the right up against Bridge- who has to be one of the more useless left back mainstays in Premiership history. I'm really looking forward to this one and the supporters will feel a bit of vengeance is in order- I certainly do!
Little Dutch
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02/11/2009 14:50:00

Amen to that, Sir Henry.
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02/11/2009 14:51:00

Cant we bring in a trialist to stamp on Ades face and see how he likes it?
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02/11/2009 15:41:00

Ah yes, doing a "Grimandi." Get a limited player who won't be missed in suspension to take out irritating twunts. I recall away at Lazio a few years ago, after he delightfully decked that racist tossbag Mihajlovic with a pub brawl style swing, everyone in our end started singing, to the tune of Kylie's 'Locomotion' "Everybody's doing the Gilles Grimandi, come on, come on, do the Gilles Grimandi with me." (Cue supporters swinging their elbows in time to the chant).
Little Dutch
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02/11/2009 16:16:00

Ah Giles Grimandi!! Possibly his greatest footballing efforts in an Arsenal shirt came after he retired when he stopped a Spuddy from being the first ever scorer at the Grove! I reckon we should bring him back for this one.
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02/11/2009 17:21:00

Sorry to be negative but Hughes will put out a full strength squad for this one, I think, so I find it difficult to believe our kids will get past them. It should be a cracking game but I don't look forward to all the media hype that precedes it. I don't like this notion from City fans that their stadium is somehow becoming a bogey ground for us.
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02/11/2009 18:19:00

RvP really shouldnt be wasting his time with the CC, esp with Bendtner out for a month. He is critical for us. As for the game, this trophy is City's only real chance of success this season, and they will put their full team out. I will watch our young side (hopefully) and cheer them on, but I dont think they will beat a full strength City side.
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02/11/2009 21:25:00

As long as our young kids put up a decent fight against an obvious to come full strength Man City side i'll be happy. I just can't wait for Man City to come too Ashburton. That will be a lot of fun :)
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02/11/2009 23:37:00

Also we're gonna get a bigger allocation, blinding. Bring back Nelson Vivas if we're talking about Wenger players who've no qualms with putting it about a bit !
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03/11/2009 11:26:00

Don't think Wenger would risk playing RVP against us in the Carling cup, not with you having Champs League and Chelsea either side of the match. Also think that RVP's temperment is such that he might try and "Do a Grimandi" on Adebayor himself and get a 3 match ban.
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03/11/2009 12:37:00

No don't go Robin! The kids have beaten Liverpool, Everton, Blackburn, Wigan, etc. in the CC in the past 3 years. I have confidence in them. Vengeance or not, our kids will put up a very good fight, that much I know.
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03/11/2009 15:49:00

von ******
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04/11/2009 06:01:00

good one uskok - still smarting from the 10th anniversary of your last 3 points over us? bugger off back to your ever optimistic site - FOYS !!!!
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04/11/2009 08:52:00

would love it if wengers kids beat the citys first XI, goot luck to them
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04/11/2009 23:12:00

I nominate Silvestre to take a chunk out of money bags, it will be the most useful thing he's ever done in an Arsenal shirt
Ozi Gooner
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05/11/2009 03:14:00

Maybe my memory is warped on this one. I don't remember the opposition on the day, but I distinctly remember Vivas getting warmed up after some 'twunt' (I like that word!) nobbled Pires (I think). Good old Nelson ran onto the pitch in the direction of play, took two steps, turned around and ran over to the 'butcher' and stamped on his foot (off the ball) and resumed play. No-one else saw it, but I saw Vivas wag his finger at the prone defender. I shouldn't condone behavior like that, but something about it made me smile, perhaps 'having your teammate have your back' from the old Hackney Marsh days I guess. I liked Lauren for that too. He fought for his teammates, and ofc he had that mental stare...
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05/11/2009 15:04:00

yep, Lauren was great for that. I still fondly remember that incredibly late tackle on a young, overly flashy C Ronaldo, just to put him in his place. Every time i see that video it brings a smile to my face :)
Ozi Gooner
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05/11/2009 23:15:00

I think my favourite act of retribution was when Arsenal played Everton in the 05-06 season and Reyes gave Phil Neville a nice little revenge kick. Neville whinged like a hypocritical little bitch and Highbury immediately got to its feet and gave Reyes a standing ovation. I watched it back on video and you can see Reyes smile, the ref comes over to book him and he had to kneel down and pretend to adjust his socks because he couldn't keep a straight face in the presence of the ref. That and Grimandi's haymaker on that racist Lazio player who made a racial slur at Vieira. I'm not into violence, not at all. But sometimes, just sometimes, people need a good slap. Grimandi was right on on that occasion.
Little Dutch
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06/11/2009 08:52:00

Speaking of retribution, kind of a shame Chris Morgan is now suspended for the game with Barnsley, I'd love to have seen this guy take a pop at the ****.
Little Dutch
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06/11/2009 09:08:00


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