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02-26-2011, 08:04 AM #1
Who will be the main players for the Gunners at Carling Cup Final 2011?
In the final match of Carling Cup 2011, Arsenal will have to play without Walcott. Another four player who are doubtful for the match are Diaby, Fabregas, Koscielny and van Persie. So, if all of these are unavailable then it will be a big blow for Arsene Wenger. On the other hand, if he can get at least 2 of them, then it would be a big boost for the squad.
First of all, there is no doubt that if Fabregas and van Persie both can play then it will totally change the atmosphere of Arsenal squad in the final of Carling Cup 2011. Assuming that all of these four players will be unavailable, if really that happens, then they will have to depend on Chamakh and Nasri. Ashravin will have to play a major role too. This season we have not seen too much of Arshavin, but in the last few matches he is coming back.
Nasri is undoubtedly the best player for Arsenal this season. At times, he even looked better than Fabregas and van Persie. Chamakh started the season very strongly, but then had to make way for fit-again striker Robin van Persie. In the last few matches, he stayed at the bench and watch van Persie playing some excellent football. I am hopeful that Chamakh also contributes in the final match.
However, I think, the most important player for Arsenal will be their goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny. He is in best form....being a human...
02-26-2011, 08:05 AM #2
Can Birmingham cause an upset in Carling Cup Final 2011?
There is now too much coverage on Arsenal about the League Cup Final 2011. Almost every journalist is writing about Arsene Wenger’s possibility of winning a trophy after many seasons. There is no doubt about that because Arsenal is one of the top four clubs in England, but I think it is unfair not to write at all about Birmingham City.
After all, Birmingham has reached the final of Carling Cup 2011 and they won same number of matches like Arsenal. On their way to the top, they had to win some big matches. For Birmingham, the main problem is goal scoring. They are not in a good position in league table and have been able to get just 30 points from 26 matches in the Premier League. On the other hand, Arsenal has been able to get 56 points from 27 matches. A goal difference for Arsenal is 30, while for Birmingham it is -10. This can cause a lot of worry for Birmingham.
To be honest with you, I do not see any possibility of causing an upset in the Carling Cup Final 2011....being a human...
02-26-2011, 08:06 AM #3
Will Wenger Miss Walcott in Carling Cup Final 2011?
It is now hundred percent confirmed that Theo Walcott would not be able to play in the Carling Cup Final 2011. This is a big blow for Arsene Wenger as Walcott is at his best form this season. The injury during the Stoke City match was very unlucky. Walcott is really in great form this season and whenever he is playing, he is causing all kinds of problems for the opponents because of his pace. Walcott is also becoming matured. So, no doubt, it will be a great miss.
If captain Cesc Fabregas can play, then I do not think that Arsenal is going to miss Walcott that much. However, if Cesc Fabregas is also absent with Walcott, then it may pose a lot of problems....being a human...
02-27-2011, 09:24 PM #4
Winning Carling Cup: A Challenge for Arsenal
When Birmingham City is planning to celebrate the birthday of their owner Carson Yeung with a prestigious Carling Cup trophy, Arsenal is facing a challenge of putting an end to their trophy-draught era spanning almost half a decade. Arsenal players, officials and fans are eagerly waiting for their first major success since FA Cup 2005 when the Gunners face Premier League club Birmingham City on Sunday in the final of Carling Cup 2011.
Now, if this occasion is supposed to be the source of inspiration and motivation for the Arsene Wenger boys, then the absence of captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott- two of their most important players this season- is undoubtedly a major blow in their bid to winning the Carling Cup title at the Wembley Stadium.
The only good news for Arsenal is that Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny are available for the match after recovering their respective injuries that kept them on the sidelines since their Champions League victory over Barcelona.
It is true that Arsenal, even without Fabregas and Walcott, should be too good for Birmingham City who did not win any major trophy since 1963 League Cup (now also known as Carling Cup being named after the title sponsors). Arsenal has a number of talented players like Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin, Song, Wilshere and some others.
However, Wenger boys know it very well that Birmingham would do their best to cause an upset. In fact, for the Blues they have nothing to lose in this fixture, but have everything to win. Moreover, Birmingham owner Carson Yeung’s birthday would work as an added motivation for Birmingham City players. Overall, Arsenal is undoubtedly favorite in this encounter, but then Wenger boys have to put in all their efforts to nullify Birmingham’s chances in the match....being a human...