Amidst the hysteria surrounding the match at Old Trafford on Saturday, plenty of Arsenal players, who were not in Manchester, were closely watching Sky for another reason. Arsenal was ball #1 going into the draw, and we were also the first club to be pulled out of the hat. Subsequently, Arsene’s Young Gunners will face West Brom in the third round at Ashburton Grove.
If you’re a stickler for good omens, then it will comfort you to know that when Arsenal reached the Carling Cup final in 2006, they played the Baggies in the third round of the competition as well.
Here’s what Arsene has to say on the importance of the competition:
“Of course [the race is on]” Arsene told Arsenal.com. “We have given out a few players on loan but we have a big squad and if you look at the number of players who did not play [against Celtic] then I believe we will have a competitive squad in the Carling Cup.
“Somebody in France told me that [against Celtic] our average age was 23.9 years old. If you look at the players who were on the pitch that night they all played in the Carling Cup – Bendtner, Song, Denilson, Fabregas even Clichy.
“They all started in the Carling Cup. That shows you how important it is to go through this stage.”
The fixture is to be played on September 22nd at 7:45, and as of right now, it is not scheduled to be shown live on television. If this changes, then the time or date of the match might change as well.
In the past Arsenal has slashed ticket prices for this competition, which has created some amazing atmospheres at the Grove. So if you can’t normally get out to support the Arsenal, this is your chance to do so!
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