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Arsenal 3 - Wigan 0

Carling Cup

Emirates Stadium

11/11/08 19:45

Attendance: 59,665

Referee: Steve Tanner

Arsenal
3 - 0
Wigan
Simpson 42, 66 Vela 70
 
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 59,665
The Teams
Fabianski
 
 
 
Kirkland
 
 
Hoyte
 
 
 
Melchiot
 
 
Song
 
 
 
Bramble
 
 
Djourou
 
 
 
Boyce
 
 
Gibbs
 
 
 
Fiqueroa
 
 
Wilshere
 
 
76
 
Koumas
 
 
58
Ramsey
 
 
 
De Ridder
 
 
Randall
 
 
 
Cattermole
 
 
67
Merida
 
 
 
Palacios
 
 
Vela
 
 
84
 
Valencia
 
 
Simpson
 
 
76
 
Zaki
 
 
Substitutes
Mannone
 
 
 
Kingson
 
 
Agogo
 
 
 
Scharner
 
 
Frimpong
 
 
 
Taylor
 
 
Lansbury
 
 
76
 
Kilbane
 
 
Bischoff
 
 
76
 
Brown
 
 
67
Coquelin
 
 
 
Cywka
 
 
Fonte
 
 
84
 
Camara
 
 
58
Game Statistics
18
Goal Attempts
14
8
On Target
6
5
Corners
6
0
Offside
4
8
Fouls
11
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
58.7
%
41.3
Comments...
Individual players stats are not as freely or as swiftly available for CC games as they are for PL or CL fixtures. But in any case it would be an injustice to try to condense the pleasure of watching such young players enjoying their football into numbers. Doubtless Wenger will be looking at the stats. Will they tell him that Simpson ran all night and found space between defenders that the seniors often struggle to find? Will they tell him that even though poor decisions lost us possession at times nobody shirked their responsibilities in then quickly closing down while remaining composed enough not to dive into desperate tackles? Does the sheer brilliance with which Vela took his goal show up in the stats? Whatever they do tell him might helpful in the micromanagement of players but nothng like as satisfying as watching players others scorn as kids systematically defeat a team of hardened premiership players. The best decision made by anyone tonight was Wengers in not making the mistake of mixing first teamers in an effort to reinforce the side against PL opposition. The strength was in a team of equals, some a little more experienced than others, but no inflated egos or obvious sense of superiority to satisfy.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 11 2008

Time: 10:50PM

Your Comments

Never mix and match. EVER!
Tom14
great game to watch when you don't expect a lot.
fcdematthew
what a lot of potential..........but how many will be given their big chances in proper games.......
lincolnblue
Not sure LB, but if the last 5 years have taught us anything it's that they have more chance at Arsenal than any other "big" team in Europe.
Rocky7
Ive gotta say....having read Arsene's comments on the main site...i feel Vela has been left out slightly on praise. I thought he was unreal alst night!!
h57ben
All I know is that Wenger had categorically stated earlier in the season that Vela wasn't ready for regular first team action. He certainly is trying to make the Gaffer eat his words.
brewtowngunner
All the players played for the shirt!
hackneyval
 

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