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Debt Paid In Full

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.

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Date:Tuesday September 21 2010
Time: 10:46PM


Im wondering if should wait for it to come out on blu ray or not
21/09/2010 22:49:00
Great performance all round the park from us. Hope the team use this fillip to spur them on to even bigger things.
21/09/2010 22:50:00
Well, not really. Well done though you deserved it & congratulations! Your reserves are better than ours!
21/09/2010 22:51:00
Not really? How so? Ok, you scored 1 more goal than we did in your drubbing .... but we were away from home :) Thanks for being gracious though.
21/09/2010 22:52:00
You beat our 4th team not even our reserves - well done *********s!
21/09/2010 23:01:00
Thanks for the kind words arpant - That's about the nicest thing a Spurs fan has ever said to me :)
21/09/2010 23:02:00
Think there is a big difference in the strength of the side we beat 5 - 1 ... Adebayor, Gallas, Sagna, Fabregas (on after 20 mins) etc. Compared to our side that you beat tonight. Fair play though, you dominated the game for 120 minutes. No complaints with the result either.
21/09/2010 23:03:00
You knew the good will was going to end eventually. How many more like arpant will we get? Let me hear the predictions....
21/09/2010 23:04:00
What garbage! That match was a SEMI FINAL - full strength teams & a place at Wembley at stake. Clutch at straws if you want though.
21/09/2010 23:06:00
4-1 away and playing with a rush goalie and no manager. Embarrassing for the spuds especially given the cost of their starting line up compared to ours.
21/09/2010 23:07:00
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