Arsenal send whining Kopites down the Tube

There is never a bad time to turn Liverpool and their touchy fans over and last night proved this with a deserved 2-1 Carling Cup win for the Arsenal at the Emirates.
I say touchy because all you could hear from the plastic Scousers coming out of the ground was; ‘Where’s your European Cup?’ Fair enough, we haven’t got one, old chap, I was tempted to retort. Instead I chose the age old rebuke linked to the undeniable yet rather enjoyable fact that they have never won a Premier League title. It did the trick. And as the mock-Kopites looked aimlessly for Arsenal Tube after I’d given them totally erroneous directions, I pondered the next round and begged the God that is Dennis Bergkamp for T******** away.
To this morning’s papers and reports aplenty of Arsene Wenger’s Young-ish Guns and their efforts to see off the doomed Rafa Benitez and his assortment of cast-offs (this is a bit harsh but I’ve written it now so bollocks).
The Guardian’s Kevin McCarra opined: The sheer zest of these players flooded a fourth-round Carling Cup tie with consequence. Arsenal were more incisive over the course of the night and deserved the victory. If there was any consolation for the Liverpol manager, Rafael Benítez, it lay in seeing the midfielder Alberto Aquilani, a £20m signing who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, at last make his debut as a substitute. With 13 minutes left, the Italian stepped into an animated game and he might have had a penalty in stoppage time when his attempt hit the arms of Philippe Senderos.
Clearly, it was a pen but after the soft spot-kick given for Alex Song’s foul against West Ham on Sunday I don’t feel too upset over that.
The Daily Mail looks at the Fran Merida situation after his strike opened the scoring for the Gunners last night.
it reports: ‘Merida is an interesting one, not least because, for all the trouble they went to signing a player who followed in the controversial footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, his future remains uncertain at Arsenal. The 19-year-old almost disappeared for the season on loan and is now stalling on signing a contract.
‘If it is more money he wants, the goal he scored last night might just convince Arsenal to increase their offer. A case that had echoes of the Kakuta controversy ended up in the Spanish courts and it would be bizarre to lose him now, even if he has been slow in his development.’
The paper adds that last night Wenger made the kind of joke that might raise a few eyebrows at the Nou Camp.
‘He comes from a very good school,’ he said with a wry smile before, upon request, explaining himself a little further. He comes from a Spanish school that is in line with the one we have here. He came here at a very young age but he suits our style of football.’
Interesting that the Sun’s man at the game, the Liverpool-supporting Antony Kastrinakis should include this passage in his match report: More than 5,000 Reds fans had made the trek down to the capital. During a lighter moment, one of them threw a beachball into the proceedings which referee Alan Wiley kicked into touch. On the half hour the Kop fans, showed their approval of their team’s commitment and application bursting into “Rafa, Rafael… Rafael Benitez.”  Odd.
To finish, let’s have a nice bit of tabloid transfer speculation and the Mirror reports that Arsenal are lining up a move for 16-year-old Mexican wonderkid Martin Luis Galvan Romo. I’d give you a link but there is no more than that one line to report.
Didn’t we already have a Mexican superstar somewhere?

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