Date:Saturday February 24 2007
Sunday evening will see the first piece of major silverware being dished out in England as Arsenal take on Chelsea in the League cup final.
Having just had a skoosh round and getting last minute Cup Final news before my 4.30am departure on the morrow, I came across and article written by Sir Bobby Robson that posed to me a rather interesting question.
Do I care if we lose?
First of all I'll let you have a butchers at what Bobby had to say for himself.
Arsene Wenger is a braver manager than me if he sticks to his young Gunners in the Carling Cup final today.
A lot of bosses, probably most, would be tempted to bring back some of the big players like Jens Lehmann, William Gallas and Thierry Henry with a trophy against one of your biggest rivals at stake.
In some ways, Arsene`s stance is to be applauded and many neutrals will be hoping they can do to Chelsea what they did to Liverpool and Tottenham. However, I fear Arsene`s faith in his exciting youngsters might prove costly in Cardiff and I don`t think the Arsenal fans will appreciate it if they lose.
You can read the entire article here.
My own personal stance is that this competition has provided the younger players with a means to gain vital experience of what it's like to play first team football and ultimately what the pressure feels like on the big stage.
It also gives we the fans a sneak preview of what is in store for our future whilst experiencing great football at cut-price costs.
I'm proud of everything our League Cup team has achieved and if giving these players their reward means losing out on silverware to the Premiership champions, then so be it.
I will not be angry, I won't have a bad word to say about any of the players, they have nothing but my admiration.
Tomorrow my friends, is a win win situation.
Date:Saturday February 24 2007
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