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The Importance Of The League Cup

It might not seem like a big match, playing Ipswich an all, but we're so close to a trophy now this game is massive.

As trophies go the Carling Cup isn't exactly the most prestigious, but it's silverware that will stop the phrase 'it's been 5 years since Arsenal won a trophy' being uttered ever again ... and that alone is worth it.

Not to mention getting that winning feeling back again. It's very important.

I was quite nervous about this game until I was reminded that the away goals rules doesn't come into play until after extra time. If Wenger plays a near full strength side (which I feel he needs to, the 'star' players can have a rest on Sunday) I think we'll walk it.

Ipswich will feel like they have something to defend, something to hold on to, and they've already said they'll be here to park the bus, and whilst other teams have successfully put up a brick wall we were unable to break down, they were, with the greatest respect to Ipswich, alot more accomplished defensive teams.

One of the main reasons Ipswich managed to beat us in the first place was their willingness to get forward, sitting back won't do them any good, and I don't think Wenger will allow us to make the same mistakes twice .... especially when a day out at Wembley beckons.

So whilst the match-up might not appear to be the most tantalising, again with the greatest respect, this is a huge game, and one that needs to be taken seriously, we need to strike fast and keep up a high tempo, we can't let Ipswich get out of their own half, because all it takes is one free-kick, corner or ill-advised dangled leg in our area and it leaves us needing to score 3 goals.

We don't often lose at home (if memory serves, we've never lost at the Grove in the league cup) so Ipswich, despite their lead certainly face an uphill task, but then again we don't need to lose to go out, but I think the quality of this team and our nice run of form will be more than enough to see us through to face either West Ham or Birmingham, both teams we've beaten 3-0 in 2011.

I think it's going to be a pretty exciting match.



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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 24 2011

Time: 8:20AM

Your Comments

We need to do what we did in the Leeds replay, fly out the traps at them straight away and don't let them build any sort of belief that they can hold on. An early goal is a must.
Little Dutch
Nasri made the difference early on in the Leeds replay - we started playing 4-2-4 as he was getting so far forward. I fear the Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh forward line we've tended to start cup games with hasn't been the most potent combination. We'll need more to get away to a quick start in order to take control of the game early on. Just adding Fabregas to the midfield won't be enough. At least one other of RvP, Rosicky or Nasri needs to start with him and in place of one of the cup front three. The value of this trophy is entirely cosmetic but with a relatively soft fixture (if such a thing exists) at the weekend its one we can devote some resources to.
Amos.
Completely agree with both you guys, we have to blitz Ipswich, absolutely beast them in the first 15-20 minutes, make them scared to venture outside their own half. I think a forward line of Chamakh, Nasri and Walcott should suffice. Amos - aren't the values of all trophies cosmetic? Especially to the most loyal of fans, win them or lose them, we'll carry on supporting anyway :)
Rocky7
I think the PL and to a lesser extent the CL are trophies that are a little more than cosmetic. You have to have genuine quality to win the first and enough quality to get into the second. The domestic cups can put a bit of a gloss on a season but we could do with a bit of bling.
Amos.
We just need to score within the 1st 20 mins. Bendtner will play for sure (presumably on the right), plus JD and Kos will form a partnership for the 5th game in a row. A CB, anyone?
G4L
The thing we need to be careful of is over-committing. We got punished by the long ball at Ipswich, and I don't think our CB's are particularly good at backtracking against speedy counter-attackers. So, not too high a line, try to draw Ipswich into midfield to create space for our creative players to wreak havoc.
Wyn Mills
The away goal rule requires us to be absolutely solid in defence - that would mean no rest for Djourou and Koscielny and it seems imperative that Alex Song starts the game. To maintain tempo in the midfield Fabregas would be ideal and our chances of getting an early goal have increased substantially this season by having Nasri start. Unfortunately the stakes are high because of our failure in the first leg and it will need a fairly strong side to score 3 past Ipswich without answer.
Deltaforce
Rosicky? I hear his name mentioned again on here - is he injured? Was he on the bench Sat? We should cruise it, we really, really should . . .
shewore
With respect to the CB's dealing with the long ball. I think the FB's need to do more of a job helping them out. If Wickham pulls out to the left (or right), the full back needs to take some responsibility. Neither Eboue or Gibbs did that in the first leg!
navydave
navydave, you're absolutely right of course. Eboue in particular was cack in helping out that game. I've no reason to believe Jewell will alter a tactic that worked for them last time, except he might find Sagna a different proposition.
Wyn Mills
We need to play a side pretty close to full strength. We just haven't gelled this season with the fringe players. If we had a PL match on the weekend I could understand the need for rotation but we need to take this competition seriously and make sure we win it.
gronedrone
shewore Rosicky is sick. He might be back for the FA Cup game. I agree we should give the first team a run out in today's game and then rest them for the Huddersfield game. This game is important and anything less than progression to a Wembley final should be considered as a massive failure
Eboue=GOD
Rocky, even if we do win the CC, the phrase will simply read 'it's been 5 years since Arsenal won a MAJOR trophy'. Amos - I disagree that winning this is cosmetic. The impact of a win might lift the belief in this side to win the bigger trophies. That is the hope anyway, but something that I do believe in.
prits
 

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