I didn’t see the game, just the highlights, so can’t comment on how we played but we scored three goals which was enough to secure a place in the next round. That fixture will be against Leeds at The Emirates Stadium in the last week of October.
The pick of the goals was definitely Eddie’s. Interestingly, he got the nod ahead of Flo Balogun which suggests to me, there’s still a place for him at Arsenal if he and the club can agree a new deal. Bearing in mind he and Balogun share the same agent, lateness is no surprise.
Mikel Arteta fielded a strong team last night, the surprise perhaps being Thomas Partey but I can understand why he played. He’s not long back from injury and probably needs minutes on the pitch to build up his strength and fitness levels. I have a feeling that one of his shots from distance will finally find the back of the net on Sunday. What a difference his accuracy is compared to last season.
Arsenal’s other two goals came from a penalty which Lacazette rifled into the back of the net after Martinelli was fouled in the box and ESR with a nice finish. It might have looked easy but I’ve seen them missed.
From the highlights I’ve seen, Wimbledon seemed to be quite physical, especially on Martinelli. Somethings never change I guess. Thank goodness we don’t have to play them again anytime soon, unless the FA Cup draw pairs the two sides up again.
Not so long ago, Pep Guardiola had a moan about the Man City fans not turning up in numbers for a midweek game. What a contrast to Arsenal fans who turned up last night to watch a League Cup fixture against a League One team.
Honestly I was surprised to see that many fans tonight for the game. Lacazette told Arsenal Media. We are happy and we enjoy it when they are there. We missed them a lot during the pandemic so now that they are here, we have to give back the confidence that they give us.
Mikel Arteta had nothing but praise for the fans too.
There’s a real belief around the team and we’re looking forward to playing the derby in front of our crowd [on Sunday],” he said. “Again, thank you very much for coming – they made a spectacular evening. It’s never easy to come on Wednesday night, so thank you for what they’ve done, because it makes a huge impact.
It’s incredible, honestly. When [anybody] was doubting about anything that was happening before the supporters and the team, you can see how they feel. They’re really willing to help and they’re really willing to be behind the team. The team and every individual appreciates what they’re doing. Thank you so much and hopefully we’ll meet here on Sunday again.
The media can spin negativity, certain Arsenal websites can too but the reality is, Arsenal wouldn’t sell tickets for matches like last night if there wasn’t some kind of belief amongst a vast number of fans. Probably the majority of Arsenal fans. The club put the money where their mouth is in the summer and brought in players who are exciting to watch. Players who Mikel Arteta believes can play his style of football. If they can’t or won’t, they’ll be gone.
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a rebuild since Arsene Wenger drifted through his final years and now we’re getting it. There’s a reason to be optimistic. Not because we’ve just beaten a League One team but because we have a squad which which will only grow and improve together.
Anyway, the best way to go into a NLD is with a win and that’s exactly what Arsenal are going to do.
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