Oct 27

Arsenal cruise to Carling Cup win over Newcastle

Theo Walcott scored a superb double as Arsenal beat Newcastle 4-0 at St. James’ Park. The victory keeps up Arsenal’s average of 3 goals per game this season.

This season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has actually fielded stronger teams than in recent years but his line-up at St James’ Park still showed nine changes from their weekend Premier victory over Manchester City.

Newcastle, whose virtual reserve team knocked out a second-string Chelsea in the last round, also made nine changes from their weekend win at West Ham United.

Szczesny
Eboue - Djourou – Koscielny – Gibbs
Denilson – Eastmond – Rosicky
Walcott – Bendtner – Vela

Both sides had good chances in an open first half, with Alan Smith hitting the bar for Newcastle, before Arsenal grabbed the lead just ahead of the interval with a somewhat bizarre goal.

Bendtner, making his first start of the season after recovering from a groin problem, thumped a header goalwards and Ryan Taylor’s attempt to clear it ended with the ball rebounding off his goalkeeper Tim Krul and over the line.

Walcott, in his first start since injuring his ankle playing for England in early September, broke clear to put Arsenal two up eight minutes into the second half but Newcastle were furious that Bendtner, who was returning from an offside position, collided with home defender Mike Williamson, taking him out of the action.

Bendtner completed his busy night when he collected a pass from substitute Cesc Fabregas to cut in and curl home an excellent third goal four minutes from time with Walcott adding a breakaway fourth in stoppage-time.

Leave your thoughts on Arsenal’s terrific Carling Cup win in the comments section below.

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13 Responses to “Arsenal cruise to Carling Cup win over Newcastle”

  1. OldGoon says:

    Wojciech fucking Szczesny. Arsenal MUST keep him. Outstanding.

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  2. Jose Antonio Reyes says:

    Szezcney excellent saves confident with good catching and kicking by fat the best gk with got.all the back 4 did well apart from djouroe first crap half. theo quality finishing made good runs.think we may well go all the way

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  3. Fab4Arsenal says:

    Szcesny looked the business alright! Really impressed with Koscielny too, great player! Eastmond has no pace, pity because he likes to put his body in where it hurts?! He’ll never hold down a regular spot in the team because of that!!

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  4. hughie says:

    thought djourou went alright- few shaky momoents- thought vela looked out of his depth- real lack of confidence at the moment by the look of it. player of the game- scezny- dont let him go wenger- walcott good too

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  5. Torfi says:

    Actually it was Eboue that started the match, not Sagna. Sagna came in for injured Gibbs :)

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  6. Angry fan says:

    Agree with old goon. If we lose him I will be gutted. Play him. Play him now. Amazing.

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  7. Abi says:

    If wenger let this keeper go I don’t know what I will do arsen pls do watever he says we need a keeper n he is the answer he is only 19 aswell can you imagen in 5 or 6 years to come he is a star in the making that is for sure
    the thought of him leaving yh for free is very scary well arsen we trust he is not gonna let’s us down Give him 10 years contract lol

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  8. Gooner49 says:

    i hate barton….

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  9. mofaz says:

    Barton ‘the convict’ Cunt should be banned from football … wish someone go out and do a leg breaking tackle on him .. Stoke players any takers??

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  10. mofaz says:

    Arsene the answer to the goalkeeping problem is called ‘Szcesny’ .. he’s awesome , just the way he commanded the area and full of confidence , class act give em a couple of years and he should be No. 1 for Arsenal..

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  11. Song is King says:

    If Wenger let Szcesny go, that would be his biggest mistake EVER! Bigger than anything he had done wrong in the past or his entire life. But I’m sure Wenger won’t let us down because he himself sees Szcesny as our future no.1 and Wenger surely will give his all to keep him. He knows after all

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  12. Vas says:

    Fingers crossed a really good week could be finished off with a routine win over west ham.

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  13. Daryl Booth says:

    Great post. Was nice to breathe a sigh as the 3rd goal went in that nailed shut the possiblilty of a cock-uk.

    Szcesny looks good, ok so it`s only 1 game.. But if I were him, I`d be annoyed at having Amunia & Flappy ahead of me so far in pecking order..

    Keep up the great work.

    Daryl

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