Arsene Wenger has always looked forward to bringing his top side to St. James’ Park.
Arsene Wenger – the great Arsenal manager
Maybe it’s because he likes the atmosphere at the ground, as we all know he waxed lyrical about the Newcastle fans and the City last August, just before the FIFA World Cup officials came to Newcastle to inspect the facilities for the 2018 World Cup.
Wenger will no longer play a full second eleven for the Carling Cup, as Newcastle did in the last round at Stamford Bridge, he tries to win another trophy for the Arsenal club, and he will probably play a side that has both experience and a blend of the younger players.
Wenger talked about the game today:
“We are not in the final yet, we have a long way to go,” “When you go to Newcastle you have to be realistic. That’s why I repeat we play with a good team and we do our best.””Newcastle are competitive. They have a good mixture between physical power, technical level and spirit.” “That is why they will be a dangerous side for everybody.”
“It is important that we go into the game and think we want to qualify, also we want to produce a great performance because the Chelsea game has shown that you don’t get away with an average performance against Newcastle.”
We have a feeling that Wenger may play quite a strong side tonight, so it will be interesting to see how many youngsters Chris Hughton is willing to play tonight.
The line-up when announced about 30 minutes before the game starts, will tell us just how much Chris thinks this game is important to the club, given we have a massive league game against Sunderland on Sunday – that we just have to win.
Arsene has used the Carling Cup in previous seasons to show just what a great set of youngsters Arsenal always seem to have, and Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny are all in contention to start tonight, with emerging youngsters Craig Eastmond, Henri Lansbury and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also in the frame.
Wenger seems determined to win a trophy this season and the Carling Cup is a great opportunity, which is why we think Wenger will field a strong side tonight, but whichever team he fields they must focus on the win tonight after five seasons without a trophy.
“I said to the players ‘we will go for everything we can, as simple as that’, and not really specify one more than the other one, that is why I believe we are on a good run and we want to keep that going,””It is important to keep it moving no matter what competition it is, that is what we want to do.”
“We are doing well in the Champions League and we have done well so far in the Carling Cup and we are back on track in the championship, so it is just all movement.”
Five seasons without a trophy – try 41 seasons without a major trophy.
That’s what Newcastle fans have gone through since we won the old Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969, when we hammered and completely outclassed Újpesti Dózsa 6-2 on aggregate, winning 3-0 at home and 3-2 away. 😀
And since we are talking about that game – here is the side that started both games – with the great Joe Harvey as manager:
Willie McFaul, David Craig, Frank Clark, Tommy Gibb, Ollie Burton, Bobby Moncur (c), Jim Scott, Bryan (Pop) Robson, Wyn Davies, Preben Arentoft, Jackie Sinclair