If Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board learnt anything at all from last night’s humiliating exit from the Capital One cup at the hands of Bradford City, I hope it is the fact that we need to keep hold of Theo Walcott. Even more important is that we do not sell him to Manchester United, as a report in the Mail today suggests might happen. If we do, we might as well change our name to Manchester United B.
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Arsenal faced top class side in the Capital One cup tonight, oh no it was League two Bradford, but we certainly made them look good. Arsene Wenger picked pretty much the strongest side available to him with Walcott and Giroud unavailable due to injury. The manager obviously realised how important it is to end the seven year trophy drought, but maybe he forgot to tell the players.
For 10 minutes or so Arsenal looked okay, but we got sloppier and invited Bradford into the game and they said thank you very much. Poor defending from a free kick after 15 minutes allowed Thompson to put Bradford ahead. We failed to muster a single shot on target in reply but Gervinho had a great chance to equalise but somehow he completely missed the ball. Coquelin came closest in the first half but hit the post.
The Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be in the Arsenal team that starts the Capital One Cup quarter final tonight against Bradford, but if we get to the semi-final stage, the 27-year old could feature in the push to end the seven year trophy drought that has got Arsenal fans desperate for some silverware.
“Arsenal are a great club with an illustrious history, but because of certain circumstances, they’ve gone a few years without winning anything.
“The objective now is to obtain a piece of silverware so that the fans can enjoy the sensation of winning again.”
Arsene Wenger will not put his strongest possible Arsenal side out tonight against Bradford in the Capital One cup, but there will be a good few first teamers involved, and the players will know that they cannot afford to take the League two side lightly if we are to progress to the semi-final stage.
Not only are Bradford on a good run of form in the league, they knocked out Premier league side Wigan in the last round at the DW stadium in Wigan. This time they have home advantage and will undoubtedly see this as the biggest game the club has had in years.
Bradford vs Arsenal preview line up and score prediction. by KJ
The first team seem to be finally clicking together as they finally managed to get a win against West Brom on the weekend. Now we have the Capital One Cup fixture against Bradford that definitely has a less tense atmosphere to it. We probably aren’t under as much pressure because – firstly, it isn’t a league game and secondly, it’s a game that we expect to win every day of the week.
The 19-year old German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld made his debut for the Arsenal first team in the last round of the Capital One cup. It was an incredible game and has given the player a taste for more. So Gooners, do you think that he should get his second game for the Gunners when we take on league two Bradford in the same competition tomorrow?
Eifeld came on to the field at the same time as Giroud that night, with Arsenal 4-1 behing, He was part of a miraculous comeback, with Arsenal levelling with the last kick of normal time before going on to win 7-5. Many feel that his outstanding performances for the under-21s have merited more first team opportunities, but the league cup is probably his most likely route in to the team.