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Mancini threatens to play schoolkids against Arsenal

The Man City manager Roberto Mancini is incensed that the FA have scheduled both his team and Liverpool to play in the League Cup Quarterfinals just two days after facing each other in the Premier League, in fact he thinks that the players should have a formal protest and he personally should pick schoolkids to face Arsenal.

He ranted: “We will change all the team because this is an incredible situation. For this reason the national team arrives at European Championships and World Cups and they are dying – they do not have time to recover.

Bolton’s potential threat to Arsenal tonight can’t be ignored

Sitting uncomfortably in 18th position in the Premiership table after winning just two of their last nine league games, Bolton have been regarded by some as a fairly simple challenge for Arsenal in tonight’s Carling Cup fourth round.

However, the rumoured line-up for the Trotters looks anything but easy to beat. Despite apparently planning up to eight changes, Owen Coyle is still set to play the likes of David Wheater, Mark Davies and Ricardo Gardner, the latter in particular excelling in the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the previous round of the same competition. Ex-Gunner Fabrice Muamba will undoubtedly prove to be a tough opponent for Frimpong in the middle of the park and Ivan Klasnic – although not prolific – is capable of the occasional touch of class.

Chu-Young Park set to face Bolton – Let’s hope he takes his chance

It seems that Arsene Wenger has finally remembered signing Park Chu-Young in August, the Korean looking set to start in the Carling Cup against Bolton on Tuesday.

Despite having been signed for the Gunners for a reported £4 million from Monaco, the striker has been given just one appearance by Wenger. With Chamakh in very poor form and Van Persie needing more than just a 66 minute break like he did against Stoke, Park needs to prove himself capable of being more than just a Vela or a Bendtner.

Djourou – We really need to beat Shrewsbury!

The Arsenal defender Johann Djourou was one of the players at fault as the Gunners lost to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but he is adamant that the team have to bounce back by beating Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup match on Tuesday.

Arsenal reached the Final of this competition last season, but the Switzerland international just thinks that his team have to make sure they get a win to restore the confidence in the dressing room.

“When you lose, it is always important to have a response,” Djourou said. “Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.

Nasri reveals his Carling Cup pain

Samir Nasri still looks back with regret at his team’s Carling Cup final loss. It was arguably the moment Arsenal’s season started to unravel, after the loss to Birmingham the Gunners were dumped out of the Champions League, the FA Cup and faltered in the chase for the Premier League.

Speaking in Arsenal’s last Matchday Programme he said: “Sometimes you can’t control everything that happens in a game. Sometimes you miss a chance and in the same minute the opponents can equalise. So it’s difficult but yes, everyone was really disappointed after the Carling Cup Final. “.

Wenger – The Carling Cup defeat destroyed our belief

Arsene Wenger saw his team get knocked out of three cups in two weeks, and then fall tamely away in the race for the Premiership title, and he believes that the 2-1 defeat by Birmingham at Wembley caused the team to question their ability and drain their confidence away.

Wenger said yesterday: “I feel that the team gave a lot in the last two months but since we lost in the Carling Cup everything turned a little bit against us.”

Adam Kemp: Arsenal were sloppy….

It was inevitable I suppose, but here is the post we all expected after a very disappointing performance (to put it lightly!). Over to you Adam…..

Szczesny howler gifts Obafemi Martins last-minute winner as Birmingham destroy Arsenal

I was full of praise for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger after their recent demolition of Barcelona. For a moment I was caught up with protestations of modesty, where I have to eat humble pie. I congratulated the team for finally coming of age when it really mattered. Since that day they wobbled at Leyton Orient, scraped a win against Stoke and today were embarrassed by the lowly stature of Birmingham. Arsenal today was complacent, sloppy and lacked precision.

Wenger – The time has come for us….

Arsene Wenger refuses to believe that today’s Carling Cup Final will be the only highlight of this season, and thinks there is no reason that Arsenal could not win every competition they are in this time around.

He was asked yesterday if he would be satisfied with taking the Carling Cup home tomorrow, and he replied: “For me to be satisfied I must feel that the team must go as far as it can,” said Wenger. “Why should we limit our ambition at the end of February?

Wenger – We need to win just to prove we can!

The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that team are just in the Carling Cup Final to prove that they can win a trophy! In previous years Wenger has looked down at the Carling Cup, and has prefered to measure success by a position in the Top Four of the Premiership.

In fact, just last season, Wenger said that winning the Carling Cup would be no reason to celebrate. He said: “I know we have not won a trophy since 2005 but I do not consider that if you win the Carling Cup you will be going on a trophy parade,”

Strong team named to face Ipswich – Squad revealed

JustArsenal can reveal the squad to face Ipswich later tonight is:

Szczesny, Shea, Koscielny, Gibbs, Miquel, Song, Sagna, Djourou, Eboue, Clichy, Arshavin, Denilson, Wilshere, Bendtner, van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott, Chamakh.

A strong squad has been named to face Ipswich tonight with Miquel named as defensive cover and James Shea once again taking his place up on the bench due to injuries sustained by Lucasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia.

The game is Arsenal’s biggest of the season, a trip to Wembley and a trophy win would be a massive mid-season boost to a side which lacks the winning habit when it really matters.

Fabregas: Ipswich played rugby against us

In a quite bizarre claim yesterday, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas claimed that Ipswich played a ‘rugby’ kick with the long ball over the top of the defence, which Tamas Priskin ran onto and scored the goal that gave Arsenal one of their most embarrassing defeats in recent memory. These are the words that Cesc used:

“I don’t know it if it is long ball or it is a rugby kick, but it worked for them, In England, a lot of teams play like that and it works for them, they create chances like that and it is their football. We just have to put the ball on the floor and try to play football, that is what we do.

Arsenal name strong squad for Ipswich

According to media sources, this is the squad that Arsenal have taken to Ipswich for tonight’s game:

Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arshavin, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, Walcott, Bendtner, Fabianski, Van Persie, Chamakh, Fabregas, Clichy, Denilson, Miquel, Wilshere, Vela.

A very strong squad for what is a very important game. There is of course a second leg at the Emirates still to come but that doesn’t take anything away from the importance of this game, what is important however is that Arsenal put the game beyond doubt in the first leg to relieve pressure for the second leg.
However from that squad there is still a possibility of naming what could be labeled a second string side which may annoy a lot of fans who called for the stars of the first team to start in what is one of the biggest games in the season.
It is the defence where the worry lies, with rotation needed Djourou looks likely to be rested and reserve team captain Miquel given a first start for Arsenal. Miquel is a highly-rated Spanish defender who whilst slight in build, possesses brilliant technique and is pushing for elevation to the first team squad. A commanding performance may just lighten the pressure on Wenger to buy during the transfer window but for the fans it would be massively frustrating  with ticket prices on the rise and no visible investment in the team when they are so close to challenging for trophies.
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