What could be better than a chance to see our new players added to a sprinkling of youth play a decent footballing side from a lower division in a Cup game? Ok, you are right, lots of things ….. but such a spectacle is interesting, isn’t it? I know that if I had the opportunity I would be meeting up with the splendid AA possee prior to cheering my team to victory. And yet, I expect a low attendance, possibly the lowest ever at the Grove; after all, the vibe around the club is very negative, the season ticket holders have to buy their tickets, and some fans think paying to see the B team is unacceptable (however cheap the seats).
I expect a very entertaining game. There is the opportunity to see the first appearance at the Grove of Park Young and the Ox and Ryo, the chance to see some goals, and hopefully the wonder of our other Pole in Goal.
You will not be surprised to read that I know next to nothing about Shrewsbury. They play in Div 2, they have won 6 out of their last 8 games, they will be without their CB pairing and possibly their captain, Ian Sharps, and “Marvellous” Marvin Morgan is the main striker. They are managed by Graham Turner and their home ground used to be Gay Meadows (titter you not) but is now Greenhous Meadow.
Jenkinson Mertesacker Koscielny Santos
Frimpong Coquelin Benayoun
Ox Chamakh Park
I would not be surprised to see Park play out left and Chamakh start upfront, he needs games and this could be ideal for him, in which case, Ryo will come on at 60 mins. I would like to see the CB’s who played at Ewood get another game – they really need as much playing time as possible what with the loss of TV for a couple of months.
Shrewsbury is the birthplace of Charles Darwin (1809-1882), author of Origin of the Species in which he espoused the then revolutionary theory of natural selection, an ideology he later applied to human evolution. Such theory is fitting to the development of this Arsenal team (I think)
For many seasons the CC was a fun diversion from the serious business of the PL and CL and I look forward to a return to this attitude tonight. Like many I maintain the debacle of losing to relegation fodder at Wembley had a hugely damaging effect upon the remainder of our campaigns, I know others disagree but in my opinion the CC is best left to our reserves – thankfully our reserves are very good.