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Focus, focus, focus…

Ipswich v Arsenal. Carling Cup semi final first leg. Arsenal have once again given themselves an opportunity to wipe away the now accentuated saying of ‘five years without a trophy.’ From the first day of the Carling Cup Arsenal’s attitude to the competition has been to win and to win in style. Beating Tottenham 4-1 away in September provided a catalyst for the team, a convincing performance from a side youthful but experienced showed that this team meant business. Recent years has seen the competition be used to nurture through young talent leaving the competition early, whilst Manchester United and Chelsea breeze through each stage to eventually win. However this year is a different story whilst Arsenal have scored 10 and conceded only 1, irrevocably beating every opponent, Chelsea and Manchester United have been dumped out of the competition. Firstly Chelsea lost at home to Newcastle 4-2 in the third round, United were then embarrassed 4-0 at Upton Park by the Hammers. Leaving Arsenal, Ipswich, West Ham and Birmingham City as the semi-finalists playing for an opportunity of glory and success at Wembley.

Before this can be achieved Arsenal have a game, a very important game against Ipswich at Portman Road. Now on paper this should be an Arsenal win, but football is far from the realms of reality. Ipswich will fight with every ounce of sweat they have, they will be closing down, tackling hard they will be well aware of the task in front of them. With Paul Jewell newly appointed I’m sure he’ll want a performance from his team. Now Ipswich have been poor recently with 8 losses in their last 11 games in all competitions, the last loss being the 7-0 flutter from Chelsea. Wenger will no doubt play a ‘strong’ side, but the most important factor tomorrow is that the players go out fully focused and fully determined to win.

Winning the first leg could be one of the most important results for this side, a chance to play in the final against either West Ham or Birmingham is too good an opportunity to waste. Winning the League cup, winning a trophy may kick-start the innate capability of winning trophies that I’m sure we all know this team possesses. Even if they do drive us mad at times with ridiculous defensive lapses or poor finishing, but have patience, as I feel a small hint of glory is edging ever closer. A hint of glory that may develop into a magnitude of success and silverware, but first focus must be on beating Ipswich.

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Sean
Sean
10 years ago

Szczesny
Eboue…Koscielny…Djourou…Gibbs
….
………………….Denilson…………
……..Wilshere………….Rosicky……
……………………………….
…..Walcott……Chamakh…..Nasri

Subs: Fabianski, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Ramsey…Arshavin, Bendtner

meaner
meaner
10 years ago

denilson??? i rather playing with ten men.

Maciek
Maciek
10 years ago

Spot on Meaner.

Drenilson offers NOTHING.

Is Ramsey available? I would play Vela and Bentner. Their link-up play is very good.

And I think we need Nasri in the midfield. It will be a very tough match. Cheslea trashed them, but we love to make it complicated to ourselves.

solomon
solomon
10 years ago

Bendtner??? Are you insane?!!!

waihinatn
waihinatn
10 years ago

……………………………sezini………..
sagna………dijoru….kociani……..clichy
……………asong…………….
wallcot……………………………nasri
……………..fabregas……………..
………….vanpersi………arshavin….using long pass ball must be win west ham

nzgunner
nzgunner
10 years ago

Szczesny
eboue-kon-dj-gibbs (only cb avalible)
wilshere-denilson-ramsey
walcott-bentz-vela

im dreaming i know

MikeSA
MikeSA
10 years ago

Yes, Denilson. So tired of the continual slagging off of a quality player. Arsenal fans have a “rich” history of slagging off our own players based on f#$% only knows what. It’s so hypocritical. “Favourites” can play like a sack of s#@t and still get praise or as much slack as a coil of rope, but if one of the punch bags makes a mistake it’s akin to being an axe-murderer on the loose. Get a f%$$g grip FFS! Song, Lauren, Gilberto, Flamini, Cygan, Stepanovs (who played a prominent role in the unbeaten season if I recall), the list goes… Read more »

GunnerMKD
GunnerMKD
10 years ago

sczesny
eboue-kos-djourou-gibbs
denilson
cesc—–rosicky
walcott–bentner–vela

ramsay, nasri and cham come in as subs 60th minute. 2-0 arsenal 😀

french gooner
french gooner
10 years ago

i agree with you mikeSA above.im not sure why some people bother to support our club!!! the word support, means:encourage! so why cant these people stop booing our players.is it going to help?no it helps the other team!!most of these so called arsenal supporters read too much into what certain anti arsenal football pundits are writing/saying about our team.i want my team to win every match and im gutted when they dont.but i support them even when they lose!!! we need to realise that we have an amazing team with a bright future.we should keep all these negative comments and… Read more »

nzgunner
nzgunner
10 years ago

i still remember denis goal vs everton what a strike

GunnerMKD
GunnerMKD
10 years ago

i can only say that denilson is lucky that frimpong got injured at the bginning of the season. if he was fit, denilson would hardly feature

WillyG
WillyG
10 years ago

Idiots!! and there are many of them here!
Arsene knows best, my foot!!!

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