Wenger on a German mission, Holtby linked & A Big Night in Berkshire…..

Couple of bit’s from the newspapers this morning. The Daily Mail report that Wenger is going German in a big way. He’s obviously very happy with what Mertesacker and Podolski have brought to the club and happy with the way both Gnabry and Eisfeld are progressing too. So much so, suggestion is that our chief scout Steve Rowley is spending an increasing amount of time in Germany setting up wider scouting for players.

Whether that is scouting younger players to feed his ‘project youth’ or whether it’s an attempt to spot the ‘raw’ player and sign him up before he becomes the next superstar I don’t know, but this has to be a really good move.

Talking of German players, the agent of Lewis Holtby, who in January, is free to sign a pre-contract deal with a new club if he intends to leave Shalke next summer, has confirmed that an English club has made an ‘interesting proposal’ for the player. Liverpool and ourselves are the clubs linked to him, along with Inter Milan.

Onto today’s trip to sunny Berkshire….

Here we go again, that competition held in the highest disdain by most managers in the EPL, the good old League Cup…


A competition that holds many memories for me, not least the 1968 and 1969 Finals, both burned deep into my memory. I recall in 1972, Norwich City rolling into town and a Graham Paddon inspired performance saw them whip us 0-3. That shock was compounded a year later when a veteran Ron Yeats rolled back the years and Tranmere Rovers left our hope in tatters, 0-1…..

I could go on, but I don’t want anybody out there slitting their wrists, so how about 1986-87…

I endured the 1st Leg Semi-Final defeat by Tottenham H, 0-1, Gus Ceasar played! The 2nd Leg and the memorable replay were both 2-1 victories, goals by Viv Anderson, Niall Quinn, Ian Allinson and dear Rocky Rocastle were the precursor to that wonderful 2-1 Final win over Liverpool. I wish we could play Liverpool in Final’s at Wembley every year, but not Cardiff…..

That was George Graham’s first trophy success with Arsenal. The League Cup was a competition that George was tied up with throughout his career. He won it again in 1993. I can still remember, with the scores at 1-1 with Sheffield Weds, saying to my son Kevin “What a waste” as Arsenal seemingly mucked up a move, and as the words left my lips, Paul Merson volleyed the winner and we all went bonkers…

My son often tries to repeat the trick, but up till now my catchphrase hasn’t worked.

Maybe Wembley 2013 might be a good time to repeat it..?

Back in 1967-68 Arsenal beat Coventry City, then Reading in the opening two rounds of the cup, on their way to the Final.

Tonight Arsene has his usual selection issues, but this game could be the ideal opportunity to start Jack Wilshere at the heart of the team.

Andrei Arshavin could play in the hole once more, directing operations.

Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott (if fit), Frimpong, Coquelin, Djourou, even Abou Diaby (a long shot I know) could all add their experience to the talented U21’s that’ll be involved.

Gnabry, Miquel, Yennaris, Martinez, Angha, possibly Olsson, Meade, Eisfeld and Akpom?

It promises to be another interesting and entertaining evening…


Written by Allezkev

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