Debt Paid In Full
2 years ago, Arsenal were humiliated by arch rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane, tonight the debt was repaid in full.
The League Cup is a competition that has lost it's way somewhat over the last few years, many accusing fingers pointed angrily at Arsene Wenger for using the competition to blood young players, many laughed at the 5-1 mauling claiming 'poetic justice' for making a mockery of a formerly worthy football competition.
Tonight Arsene fielded a much stronger squad and emerged victorious 4-1 after extra time. Of course many will claim that we had to resort to bringing our best players to be able to do the job, but the reality is, our squad is far far better now than it was in 2008.
Players missing from action tonight include Fabregas, van Persie, Bendtner, Song, Vermaelen, Walcott, Sagna, and 9 changes made from the Premier League squad that drew 1-1 with Sunderland on Saturday, so whilst Spurs fielded a weaker side, so did we.
The fact that the game went to extra time when playing a second string Spurs side does little to tell the truth of the story, because despite a 15 minute rally from the Spurs team at the start of the second half, the Gunners bossed the game all over the park.
A stick on penalty refused early doors, a certain Kieran Gibbs goal incorrectly ruled out for offside, and then there was Tottenham's goal given when the Irishman was stood a mile offside, yet the same lino who ruled against Gibbsy saw fit to let the goal stand.
Arsenal were superb tonight, Koscielny, Gibbs and Wilshere earning the most brownie points at least from my perspective.
Only two Arsenal players survived from that 5-1 drubbing to play tonight, yet the rest of the squad paid their debt in full.