A Pivotal Week for Arsenal FC

Gawge By Gawge, 25th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The next three games for Arsenal will have a large impact on the course of their season. Will they finish May with silverware or with shattered dreams?

The Carling Cup Final

However many reserve and youth teams that may have been played over the course of this Carling Cup campaign, it would be hard to convince either an Arsenal or a Birmingham fan that the approaching final is quite as meaningless as the team sheets of the early rounds would have you believe. For Arsenal, a victory on Sunday would mean their first major trophy since 2005, something which has contributed to increasing pressure on Arsene Wenger over the last couple of seasons. For Birmingham, a win against Arsenal would be nothing short of miraculous in a season mired by a relegation scrap, not only that, but a boost of confidence to push the team away from the bottom three places in the Premier League.

Although the Carling Cup may be the least prestigious and ultimately, the least desirable tournament which Arsenal can still win this year, to finally win a trophy after almost six years would be a much needed boost for Arsenal in the other three, slightly more weighty competitions which they are juggling. Certainly a loss in the Carling Cup final to Birmingham, a team far more concerned with avoiding relegating than winning the Champions League would be a bitter blow for Arsenal.

Next Week

Moving on to Wednesday, the replay against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup poses a headache for Wenger, having played the Carling Cup final just three days earlier there is an important stage in another Cup which they stand a good chance of winning. The last minute equaliser for Orient in the original tie prevented Arsenal from bringing on substitutes such as Fabregas, Nasri and Wilshere who had the potential to turn the game around. At the Emirates, Arsenal will expect a comfortable win so that they can plan their trip to Old Trafford in the next round, however Wenger must decide what calibre of a team he puts out.

An important Premier League game against Sunderland follows these two cup ties, Arsenal must continue winning in the Premier League whilst Manchester United go through a tricky patch of fixtures against Chelsea and Liverpool. Such a fixture pile-up for Arsenal could have been largely avoided if they could have beaten Leyton Orient, as would have been expected, yet the replay poses a problem for Wenger which requires a careful use of players.

The Future

Three wins for Arsenal in their next three games and not only a trophy is guaranteed, but firm foundations to win more. Obviously the Champions League will need more than solid form against the calibre of opposition which they will be facing in the approaching week, but a winning mentality can only improve their chances in all competitions.


Arsenal, Birmingham, Carling, Cup, Football, League, Leyton, Orient, Premier, Soccer, Sunderland, Wembley

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author avatar Tempest
27th Feb 2011 (#)

Great article. Go Gunners!

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author avatar D in The Darling
1st Mar 2011 (#)

Once a Gunner always a Gunner.
Though we lost the Carling Cup The spirits are not dampened yet.
Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

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