Mikel Arteta will only miss one game for Arsenal after being sent off against Crystal Palace yesterday. That means he will miss the Capital One cup clash against Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday, a game that he was not due to play in anyway. It is just as well, really, because the Spaniard and his manager Arsene Wenger would have a lot more to say about it otherwise.
A lot of teams come to Arsenal planning to be solid and hard to beat, but few have parked the bus quite as blatantly as Stoke City did yesterday. Arsenal finally broke the resistance with a deflected free kick from Lukas Podolski, but the linesman tried to incorrectly rule the goal out for offside. The referee overruled his assistant, and it was the correct decision, but Tony Pulis is unhappy (there’s a surprise) because he thinks the Arsenal players influenced Chris Foy’s decision.
“The disappointing thing for me is the number of Arsenal players that surrounded the linesman. I thought that was something you couldn’t do.