The ‘Pool' – Up For The Carling Cup


I don’t know about you but I’m still smarting from the two points dropped at Upton Park last Sunday. Having watched a recording of the game (I was at Wembley watching the NFL game) I’m even more depressed. We were so in control in the first half but we simply don’t seem to have the killer instinct.
The way we took our foot off the accelerator in the second half was criminal. At two-nil up we should have gone straight for the throat and really finished them off.
You can’t fault the Hammers’ fighting spirit. West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola also made a game-turning substitution bringing on the excellent Alessandro Diamanti at the 65 minute mark. But we can’t, can’t, can’t keep on throwing away leads like that. For the second time in a week too. Will we never learn? It’s certainly taking too much time for the lesson to sink in.
We need to put the disappointments of the last two games behind us against Liverpool tonight which should’nt be difficult as next to none of the squad who faced AZ Alkmaar and West Ham United will feature tonight at home against Liverpool in the Carling Cup.   We can expect Lukasz Fabiadski in goal, returning from surgery on a dodgy knee and to see Samir Nasri play some part after his broken leg in the summer. I expect him to start but not to last the whole game. Eduardo is also in the eighteen selected for tonight’s game.
I’m just hoping Liverpool’s win against their mortal enemies Manchester United hasn’t got their tails up too much. I really enjoy the Carling Cup and would love to see us progress in this tournament.
On a completely unrelated subject those nice people at Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association (AISA) are doing their annual Arsenal Supporters’ Opinion Survey.
AISA has also called for a continuation of the ticket price freeze for next season at a recent meeting with chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Too right. I currently have no idea where I’m going to find the money to renew my ticket next season, never mind any increase. Thanks to London Mayor Boris Johnson my bus pass will be going up 20% next year after a 6% rise this year. My rent is also continuing to rise whilst my income declines. Arsenal and all other football clubs need to get real on ticket prices.
Keep the faith!

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