So the kiddie’s assault on the full strength teams of the top divisions begins in earnest with a potentially tricky tie against Walrusdyce’s latest batch of pilchards. The pressure is on us to continue our perfect early season home form in all competitions, while the pressure is on Newcastle to not be utter dross for a change.
Their midfield is just so uninspiring, and then they’ve bought Viduka to employ upfront as the standard Walrusdyce lump to hit balls at. But he’s not great as a target man, he can’t take the ball down and play it, it just sort of bounces off his bitch tits. And they’re for some reason petrified of having Martins and Owen on the pitch at the same time, in case the combination of pace and power might actually cause some excitement for their supporters.
Of course, Walrusdyce’s last memory of Arsenal will be us stuffing them twice towards the end of last season. Well, his last memory of us could be Adebayor's miss at the Reebok Stadium.
I mean, how do you get past a memory like that? You don’t, that’s how.
We’ve faced the barcodes at home in cup competitions twice before, winning 2-0 in 96 on our way to losing to Aston Villa in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, and in 2002 in the sixth round of the FA Cup on our way to victory. In all competitions at home since they were promoted to the Premiership, we’ve beaten them eleven times, drawn twice and lost three times.
The lasting memory of last seasons Carling Cup campaign will probably be the ruck at the end, So the players will be fully motivated for the competition this year.
Gallas and Rosicky definitely injured. There was a possibility of Hleb playing at the weekend, so maybe with a few more days recovery he’ll be in the squad for this one. Possibility of Eboue in the squad. I don’t see Lehmann making his triumphant return in this game.
There will be the usual Carling Cup rotation. You’d expect Fabianski, Hoyte, Traore, Denilson, Diarra and Bendtner to start. We only have two fit centre backs, unless we play Nordveit. Eduardo wasn’t able to find time between blinks to score against Derby, but I’m hopeful that he’ll start again and score in this game.
Subs: Almunia, Nordveit, Song, Walcott, Adebayor.
Newcastle have their usual comedy injury list to contend with, with Emre, Ramage, Carr, Babayaro, Barton and Duff out injured. Viduka and Owen should be back fit for their game today, but I doubt they’ll play on Tuesday. Having only one day to prepare for the Carling Cup tie will probably ensure some rotation by Walrusdyce. You can see our next two opponents playing each other right now on Sky Sports 1.