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Through to the fourth round, Barton almost a Gunner

by on September 22, 2011

Good day Gooners! Hope you have all had a nice week so far! Mine has been brilliant, as I was offered a position for a top company in the top-dog working area of London which is Canary Wharf! What made it greater was the Arsenal actually winning a game and progressing through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup. Happy days!!

Shrewsbury Town were our opponents on Tuesday night, who came to the Emirates on a night with the lowest attendance the stadium has seen since we moved from Highbury. Hardly surprising to be honest, what with our current form, and it only being the third round of the Carling Cup, but still it’s a shame to see.

I’ll put my hands up, I didn’t go. It’s not like they needed me there anyway, especially in the first half where we let Shrewsbury Town really come at out defence. I would have been screaming obscenities at the defence! We were on the back foot from the word ‘go’, and Shrewsbury took an early lead after yet again poor defending. Shock? Not really. It seems no matter what team we play, whether they’re in the Premiership or League Two, no-one is scared to terrorise our back four, who are currently very vulnerable due to recent results.

However 10 minutes before the half-time whistle, we levelled the game through a Kieran Gibbs header. After the break, we came out with a bit more bite in our performance, and young Oxlade-Chamberlain continued to live up to his current hype, hitting a spectacular 25-yard drive into the bottom corner, giving us a 2-1 lead. Yossi Benayoun, another new boy, sealed the game later on after a cut-back pass from Oyakzup to finish the match 3-1.

Not the biggest of wins, and there is still a long way to go before we can even think about reaching 4th spot, but a win is a win. HOPEFULLY this is the start of something new, but then how many times have we said that?

In other news, Joey Barton reveals he was close to signing for Arsenal last month, and he would have signed had it not been the confrontation with Gervinho during the 1-1 opening fixture with Newcastle back when Barton was a Magpie. Good boy Gervinho! I cannot stand that scum of a player. His name on the back of our shirt would have tarnished its valuation. Granted, the guy has superb talent. He battles, he has a strong mentality, and his passion and determination is second to none. But Joey Barton will always be a thug and a low-life, despicable individual who should stay locked up behind bars. He is, and will never be, worthy of the red and white. Credit to Gervinho, a couple of weeks as an Arsenal player, and he knew full well he wasn’t worth our time. Settled quickly didn’t he?

We host Bolton Wanderers this Saturday. Our once bogey team defeated us in the previous meeting last year. Another game we should have won, but squandered vital chances, and gave away goals due to sloppy defending. Hopefully the team remembers that fixture, and quickly make amends for that game, plus for our poor start to the league. We are starting to find the back of the net, but we are also leaking them in ours. We have to be wary of Owen Coyle’s men, as they will want to bounce back from their defeat to Norwich. My prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Bolton Wanderers.

What do you think the score will be this Saturday? Have we finally turned a corner? Leave your comments and opinions in the same place at the bottom of the page!

Have a good weekend Gooners!

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2 Comments
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    Our attendance was highest of all games in carling cup 3rd road. Puts it into perspective

    • Agreed, I believe I’m right in saying that of all the Premier League matches and Carling Cup matches since last weekend, only one had a higher attendance. That was at 75,000 seater Old Trafford.

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