Well to start with I’m not suprised that Vito Mannone is the only player outside the first-team to be named in the Carling Cup squad for tonight’s semi-final with Spurs. The youngsters, such as Mark Randall, Henri Lansbury and Kieran Gibbs have all performed well in previous rounds of the Carling Cup, but tonight’s game is of such importance that Wenger has drafted in several first team players, including the likes of Fabregas, Hleb and Adebayor. Gibbs has a foot problem anyway so he couldn’t be included.
The Reserves game last night was an entertaining affair and it was a shame to see Gavin Hoyte sent off, although he could have no arguments about the decision. His studs were clearly showing and the referee had no choice but to send him off. As I touched on last night, Sanchez Watt played well and Cedric Evina was impressive on his debut. The Frenchman was quick but his close control let him down although he did try his best for the team. You can read Neil Banfield’s views here.
Loan watch from the weekend. Good to see Vela amongst the goals again. I can’t wait to see him in an Arsenal shirt.
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More tomorrow and thanks for reading.