Carabao. Do you remember how we did last season? I have to admit I struggle.
We reached the Final and had a day out at Wembley which went very well until the 18th minute after which it all went TU.
Was it worth it? Do the clubs value the competition? On balance one has to say Yes, but I would temper that by pointing out AW’s policy of playing kids in the early rounds and first teamers as we progress, which IMO mocks the idea that it is an opportunity for the squad players (more of that later in the day, perhaps)
In yesterday’s post, GN5 gave us the background to our opponents, I cannot write about Blackpool without mentioning Stanley Matthews, the Wizard of the Wing. In my very early days, those days when one’s love for the beautiful game becomes an obsession, Stanley Matthews was as holy as Miss Ross -Eggert (my headmistress in junior school), and Dan Dare from the Eagle comic. In my first ever game at Highbury I saw Matthews playing for Stoke at the age of almost 50!! I could and perhaps one day will write a post upon the effect Matthews had upon a nation recovering from WW2,
But of today’s Blackpool team I know nothing. I could Google but then so could you 😀
Given the forthcoming test against Liverpool and our growing injury list, I expect Mr Emery to start whomever is available sans Ozil and Xhaka. Even the over-worked Holding might have to start.
Jenks Mustafi Greek AMN (Cons)
Ramsey Elneney Smith Rowe Willock
A return for Corporal Jenkinson must be possible and I wiah him the very best. As to the other positions – a mixture of experience and youth as always propped up by a solid deface. Maybe Medley at CB will get a kick later in the game.
We do not play League 1 sides very often and I look forward to seeing the standard of play. Blackpool will relish playing on the Hallowed Turf. Should be a good attacking game because, should B’pool try to PTB, they will lose in an ignominious manner, far better to go down in flames.
This is the Hors d’oeuvre before the main course at the weekend, hopefully a tasty morsel.
Arsenal should continue their unbeaten run.