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September 22, 2018

The League Cup? Arsenal have bigger things to chase

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to miss games against Swansea this weekend
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to miss games against Swansea this weekend

Congratulations are in order to Manchester City for winning the Capital One Cup! Oh it isn’t over yet? Sorry I thought it was. With Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United dropping out of the League Cup in the same week, it looks like City might as well appeal for an early handover of the “okombe.”

Yes Liverpool is still in the tournament but if you can only manage a 1-0 win over Bournemouth then good luck in all your future endeavours. I really feel sorry for Wayne Rooney though. I can only imagine what he is going through mentally because we all know that he is a very special player. But to go through so many weeks of drought, score just one goal in an obscure game against Everton which they were already leading 2-0 and then fail to score a penalty against lowly Middlesbrough.

That must be tough to take. His lack of goals sort of sums up his frustrating year and even though I don’t sound sincere right now; I am. I like talent shining and I love competition. What is a soap opera without the heroes, the villains, the ugly rich girl and the beautiful poor one; without the rich dad and the twins where one was lost or sold at birth.

We need all the elements for this football soap to work and with the spoilt brats failing to shine, it doesn’t make a good story. As a Gunner though I’m not too miffed about being thrown out of the League Cup. Arsene Wenger has never won it and I don’t even fancy him targeting it. My target this season is the Premier League trophy. There is still a possibility of going through to the next round of the Champions League but we are missing critical players ahead of the return leg so that momentum may be lost.

But in the league we still have a good chance of staying on top despite our fresh injuries. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to miss games against Swansea this weekend, Bayern in the week and Tottenham next weekend. Swansea and Spurs are both beatable with our remaining players but we will not have a bench and we do not have any more room for injuries.

I hope this is a lesson to manager Arsene Wenger that he really should have beefed up certain positions, given that Jack Wilshere is still out until next year while Aaron Ramsey is also in the sick room. We honestly and literally have no-one on the bench.

But I don’t want to dwell on what Wenger should have done. I’m feeling positive so I’ll say that “Wenger will find a way.” Even though he’s admitted that these injuries will derail Arsenal’s season, he has to find a way.

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