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The Blunder

That Carling Cup final was a thrilling match. We played well, as did Birmingham. Despite owning the majority of the possession, having more shots, more shots on goal, and just generally putting on a better performance, we lost.

I’m not going to go into details about why we should’ve won, or why we didn’t deserve to win, or what we should’ve done differently, or how unfair it is.

The one thing about this match, like other matches before it, is that a particular image has been forever burned into my mind. Like the Champion’s League Final with Lehmann sliding in on Eto’o, or another Carling cup Final featuring Drogba scoring again and again. I will always remember the shot of Koscielny and Szczesny, on their knees, with the look of utter defeat and regret in their eyes.

The Blunder

And so the season continues. Come on Arsenal.

A Stoke Through Our Hearts

Much like a poorly written young adult novel that oozes overtones of sexual innuendo with vampires, our match against Stoke has left me bereft of words. Sure, we got a win, and ultimately that was the single-minded goal of the day. However, the looming Sunday cup match against Birmingham ultimately decided the true takeaway of the Stoke match from Wednesday.

We walked away with 3 points, but we are now left without two crucial members of the squad for the cup final. Walcott and Fabregas will surely be missed, however we still have what it takes to win. I secretly hope that Fabregas will be ready in time, however I know that Wenger is going to be overly cautious with him.

With Arshavin, Song, Nasri, and Wilshere making up the midfield, Arsene has a choice of whether to play Bendtner up front with RVP or perhaps to utilize Denilson or Rosicky as a fifth midfielder. I would imagine he would go with Rosicky in the midfield as it is the safer bet. The back line seems pretty clear cut, but the midfield is where a difficult choice must be made. Play it safe with 5? Or go for glory with 2 up front?

I suspect Hleb will continue to the ride the bench for Birmingham. I would also suspect that after we take the lead McLeish will throw him on in the second half as a last ditch effort.

We’ve got to do this. We’ve got to win a trophy this year. Hell, let’s win four.

Come on Arsenal!