So here we are. The kids have finally gotten us to a Carling Cup Final after years of owning Premiership sides up and down the competition but never quite making it to the last stage. We made it to the semi final last season losing out to Wigan, the quarter finals in 2005 losing out to ManUre, the semis again in 2004 losing to Middlesbrough, and in 98 Chelsea actually stopped us reaching the final with a late Mark Hughes goal, but the kids and reserves have done us proud this time round as 29,000 Arsenal fans set off to Cardiff to see us destroy the blue cunts this time round.
Road To Cardiff
West Brom 0 – 2 Arsenal
Everton 0 – 1 Arsenal
Liverpool 3 – 6 Arsenal
Tottenham 2 – 2 Arsenal
Arsenal 3 – 1 Tottenham
Cup History – Wenger Era
Since Wenger took over we’ve faced Chelsea seven times in knockout competitions. Twice in the League Cup, four times in the FA Cup and once in the Champions League. We’ve lost three and won four, the victories all coming in the FA Cup.
League History – Wenger Era
In 19 meetings between the two sides in the league, we’ve won 9, drawn 8 and lost two, both coming last season. So in 28 meetings in all competitions, we’ve won 13, drawn 10 and lost 5.
Chelsea have won their last 6 games in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and conceding none. Nice.
Until last night we were yet to lose in 2007, winning 8 games and drawing 4. And seeing as our team will be a near complete change the result shouldn’t really affect the player’s mentality. Should be a good game.
Van Persie out for another two and a half months.
Eboue still out with an ankle problem.
Lehmann suspended for being a legend, not that he would have played anyway.
Khalid Boulahrouz, Joe Cole and Cuntley Cunt are all injured for this game.
If Wenger goes for a pure Carling Cup side resting as many players that played yesterday as possible, then it will be:
But there is a chance that he’ll throw in a few first teamers seeing as a similar side will be employed against Blackburn next Wednesday. Adebayor, Rosicky, Gilberto and Toure would be the most likely picks to add a bit of seniority to the side.
Not sure what sort of side Mourinho will put out. He might put out a cup side, but they have a week off after this game so there’s every chance it’ll be a near full side. They don’t have many options defensively, they only have Terry and Carvalho fit as centre backs and only Bridge fit as a left back (although they’ve been playing Ferreira there when resting Bridge. Lampard will probably start in midfield, if they play the formation that has two wide players then you’d expect it to be Robben and Wright-Phillips, and alongside Lampard in the middle two of Makalele, Ballack, Diarra, Mikel and Essien. You’d expect Makalele and Ballack to start tonight, so it’ll probably be Essien and Mikel. Drogba or Shevchenko upfront, probably Drogba as he always causes us problems.
It’ll be a strong enough side that we can claim the moral victory if they win.
UPDATE - John Terry will be out for the match which is great! Essien will probably slot into his place.