Date: 24th February 2007 at 9:53pm
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Sunday evening will see the first piece of major silverware being dished out in England as Arsenal take on Chelsea in the League cup final.

Having just had a skoosh round and getting last minute Cup Final news before my 4.30am departure on the morrow, I came across and article written by Sir Bobby Robson that posed to me a rather interesting question.

Do I care if we lose?

First of all I’ll let you have a butchers at what Bobby had to say for himself.

Arsene Wenger is a braver manager than me if he sticks to his young Gunners in the Carling Cup final today.

A lot of bosses, probably most, would be tempted to bring back some of the big players like Jens Lehmann, William Gallas and Thierry Henry with a trophy against one of your biggest rivals at stake.

In some ways, Arsene`s stance is to be applauded and many neutrals will be hoping they can do to Chelsea what they did to Liverpool and Tottenham. However, I fear Arsene`s faith in his exciting youngsters might prove costly in Cardiff and I don`t think the Arsenal fans will appreciate it if they lose.


You can read the entire article here.

My own personal stance is that this competition has provided the younger players with a means to gain vital experience of what it’s like to play first team football and ultimately what the pressure feels like on the big stage.

It also gives we the fans a sneak preview of what is in store for our future whilst experiencing great football at cut-price costs.

I’m proud of everything our League Cup team has achieved and if giving these players their reward means losing out on silverware to the Premiership champions, then so be it.

I will not be angry, I won’t have a bad word to say about any of the players, they have nothing but my admiration.

Tomorrow my friends, is a win win situation.

Thoughts? Ideas?

 

35 Replies to “Do You Care If We Lose?”

  • Not bother to read the article Merlin? I’ll feel pride & admiration at their achievments!!! And also, I’ll be a little drunk 😉

  • If we lose then my haemeroids will itch vigorously, but if we win then they’ll still itch but maybe with a little less intensity, and the throb will only happen at 10 minute intervals. So in the scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter to me that much. Win or lose, as long as the lads gain good experience from it then that’s all that matters.

  • Merlin, you’re gonna be paying double toll across the bridge tomorrow, I’ll make sure my buddies see to that one. You ain’t got the fare, you ain’t coming in. Gloucester is nice though apparently.

  • As long as the game turns into a battleground of wills, guts and glory, I don’t mind. 😉 I just hope there’s no..umm… questionable officiating that benefits either sides actually. Other than that, I won’t say win or lose, but just that I’m looking forward to the match!

  • Every neutral in the country will be roaring for us to get one over on Team Evil and the narcissistic ho that is Maureen, the hatred that exists for this bunch of mercenaries and their murderous oligarch stretches nationwide, I don’t expect victory, but if it happens the true spirit of football will for once triumph against filthy lucre and all its ills, c’mon the kids!!.

  • We have defeated the Orcs and now for the battle that will free Middle Earth foreverrrrrrrr…………………..burp! C’mon Arsenal!

  • that’s cos they’ve had an easy path. We, on the other hand, have defeated a resurgent west brom, everton away, liverpool away, drawn away at the tiny totts, beaten the tiny totts at home. These players have grown into important players already, despite their tender years. Bring it on, baby. »»Arsene Knows««

  • Chelsea should take no pride in the result, in a game that arsenal dominated they only managed to win by one goal (one of which shouldn’t have been allowed) against what was Arsenal’s second string team. The refereeing was atrocious, what was it that Ade did to get red carded? I’m proud of our boys and especially pleased for young Theo.

  • This game just showed us typically how we and Chelsea play.. but I really want to know why on earth Frank Lampard was on the pitch at the end of the match.. Fabregas was pulling him away from the fight and he seemed to be angered by that too! He is a disgrace in my opinion and I couldn’t bare it when I saw him lifting the cup.. sad end to a good match.

  • With u all the way mogzw. We can definately come away with our heads held high. Fantastic football match for any neutral. Aliadiare showed more composure in the first 15 minutes than shevko did all game and we bossed the midfield throughout. Fair play to the chavs, Drogba is just in that zone he has been all season. We failed to take our chances, he didnt. Hope JT will b able to remember watching Theo get his first and the arrival of an arsenal legend. Bothered now? Id be lying if i sed no, but **** it. NO. Well done Arsenal.

  • Unlucky Arsenal, played some good football..This team plays as good as your first team…2nd half experience jus started to show.

    Your gonna win ***** all again 🙁

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