Frimpong, AOC & Coquelin Shine As Arsenal Bow Out To Man Shitty + Player Ratings : Carling Cup Review
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- You can argue that we lost the easiest trophy to win, but if you look at the teams in it, it doesn’t seem easy to win as usually
These were the words (well part of) of AW after we lost. He’s quite right especially as it was a £30M squad against a squad totalling over £190M & especially as we bossed the game for the entirety but it just goes to show that there is no quality(or even decent) back up for RVP as his two deputies on show yesterday were not up to it.
Mixing experience and youth, AW sent out a line up of Fabianksi-Djourou-Squillaci-Koscielny-Miquel-Benayoun-Coquelin-AOC-Park-Chamakh and as always we set the tone of the game. Chances were far & few between in the opening minutes with the most notable thing the booing and taunts directed at Cashmir Na$ri and to the delight of the crowd, he got Frimponged, he was so poor he called off to the bench to be taken off but was ignored.
The midfield trio of Coquelin-Frimpong-AOC were brilliant and made their cases for the first team with a display well above their ages considering the opposition. AOC sent over a cross for Park who taught he had scored but a brilliant save from the City GK prevented a goal. All this while, Chamakh’s only contribution was in winning aerial duels. AOC was to later force another smart save with a rasping drive from outside the box. Arsenal well on top and City feeding off scraps.
As the tandem of Coquelin-Frimpong continued to work hard and boss the midfield that had Nasri-De Jong-Barry repeatedly, not to forget Miquel who pocketed Johnson throughout the game, the Ox was having a fantastic time outwide that Mancini had to ruthlessly substitute Kolarov at the 32minute mark. The half ended goalless.
Second half started as the first ended with us truly on top but lacking creativity in the final third. Coquelin and Frimpong(notice I keep mentioning them) continued to delight the crowd with their energy, work rate & passing while Kolo Toure at the end continued to frustrate Park & Chamakh. It wasn’t long as AW took off the Korean for Gervinho and the Ivorian went straight into action, twisting and turning and dealing with Onuaha but Kolo Toure was having none of it. At our end, Kozzer too was having his own fun, dealing with the threat of Dzeko and Aguero easily(has to say he’s currently in the top 5 defenders in the league this season).
Like they say if you don’t take your chances, your opponent might just kill you off if they have one and so they did. We won a corner of Toure, AOC took it but naivety killed the team as everyone went up and left only Djourou, the ball broke, Dzeko chased after it and released a long pass for Johnson, Frimpong chased after but no one tracked the run of Aguero who got the ball from Johnson and finished into the bottom corner. Undeserved. Against the run of play. It was to end like that.
Despite us going out of the competition at this stage, the following positives can be taken from the game:
- * Frimpong & Coquelin are more than alright, the loan spell for Francis has done his world a lot of good and even though there are talks for Frimmers to go on loan, he bellied his age with the performance he gave by pocketing Nasri & bossing De Jong.
*Koscielny is world class. If you disagree then you’re just plain stupid. Against Dzeko and Aguero he had an excellent game and intercepted passes, won tackles and broke down attacks. Surely must become Vermaelen’s partner.
*AOC is more than just a kid. He’s a man. He’s been slowly integrated into the first team which must change. Look at Phil Jones of Man Utd for example. The way AOC played yesterday was a breath of fresh air and surely has to be ahead of Arshavin now.
In conclusion, the game yesterday goes to show how the lack of quality strikers can lose/win you a game. City were poor but had Aguero & Dzeko on the pitch when they scored(both involved in the goal), we had Chamakh. That says it all, hopefully Wenger is convinced enough now not to ever play Chamakh & sell him off in January. Reus & Podolski should be bought, no more bargain buys, with £55M to spare, surely we can get quality.
Koscielny – 8
Miquel – 7
Coquelin – 8
Frimpong – 8
AOC – 8
Benayoun – 7
Park – 5
Chamakh – 3
Gervinho – 6
Man Of the Match – Hard to pick so I’ll just give it to Frimpong & Coquelin as they were more than excellent. Honorable mentions to Kozzer & AOC
From wherever you are, have a great day and try not to think about it too much.
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