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Carling Cup Final: A Tactical Analysis

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Alright, so here we are. The Carling Cup Final, and an opportunity for Arsenal to shut up all its critics. The bookies have called it, and we know who are favourites. Sadly, I am not bookie, so here’s my problem. Cup finals have never been one-sided. For me there is no favourite. Chelsea vs. Manchester united (1-0 Drogba) Chelsea vs. Everton(2-1), United vs. Villa (2-1). There is always the pinch in the notch which tests the competitors.

We have beaten Birmingham City twice this season. But the 3rd time is the charm, and this win counts as much as the ones before. Infact at this moment this is the main match because we won’t know if the win over Birmingham City will count until may. Manchester United did not go trophyless for a season because of this Cup. So lets look at this from that perspective too. For Sir Alex its :

a pot worth winning

I know people don’t priortise this cup, but you have to work hard to get any cup, and for this one we have worked hard. Spuds, Newcastle, Wigan, Ipswich. Scoring13 and conceding 2.

Birmingham are not known for pretty football. In England, there is only 1 team known for pretty football, and that’s us. Sadly, all these years, we have not won anything by playing this style of football. BUT, this time may, or may not be different. Birmingham will be up for it, and we know it. The issue basically is , whether we can go for it or not. March is crucial for Arsenal, because if we look at things from a pessimistic point of view, by the end of March we may just be competing for 1 trophy. Here why? First its Birmingham, then its Orient, then its Barca, and then if we beat Orient, which I think we will (hopefully), we face Manchester United.

Alright, now let’s return to the tactics for Birmingham. Personally, we should play at a tempo which suits us perfectly. Why I do not want the team to go for the kill when the whistle starts is because when we attack I noticed that we do it completely. This means Song, Clichy are all out of positions and up. Now all this is good, when one has to attack, but it leaves huge gaps at the back, and all theses gaps can be exploited. Birmingham’s main weapon will be its front 2 strikers. Zigic and Jerome. One crosses, and the other heads. One heads and the other shoots. They work in synchronisation, and this is one reason why I am scared that we can concede. DJ and Kosher if they are there will have to take on these 2.

Cesc and Theo will both be missed for the final, so here’s my line-up…

Here’s the line-up :







Subs : Almunia, Gibbs, SQ18, Eboue, Diaby, Denilson, Chamakh, Nikko.

If Cesc is back, by some miracle, then cool. Otherwise forget playing him if we are going to have a Rooney situation last season when he came back got injured against Munich and then his form dipped. Rosicky is a good-player, he scored against Orient and so I guess his confidence is good. His long-balls, when they come through are superb. He and Jack have to work as a team, and shut out the Birmingham midfield. Song ‘should’ provide some cover at the back. Not letting Birmingham play long-balls is going to be difficult through-out the match, so I guess we have to minimise whatever is possible.

This is the Carling Cup. I know people don’t see this as a huge cup. But a win here, will change alot for Arsenal. Come on Gunners, we have to win this one. For our manager, and for Arsenal Football Club.


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  2. realistic tony

    February 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

    birmingham are a good side, if you look at their performances to reach this final, they have been impressive.
    We have by far superior quality on the floor and will have the bulk of posession. I expect the match to be in the style of the stoke game. We have a bad habit of knocking the ball sideways at the back inviting trouble in the 2nd half of matches. Tottenham (3) newcastle(4) and although more recently stoke didnt capitalise, the signs were there again.
    So 2-0 up at half time and i will be praying that the defense holds out for the expected 2nd half onslaught…and we win the beer cup!!!!
    what was the half-time team talk i wonder for the stoke game????

  3. abel

    February 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Guns out!!

  4. goonerblood

    February 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Agree with this article. I do, however, believe Nasri will play where you have Rosicky, with his spot occupied by Bendtner. Perhaps I’m saying that because it’s what I’m hoping for. Bendtner’s play of late has given me confidence in him. This team, even without Cesc (sadly), has amazing ability in passing through any defense. I’m expecting a good result for a certainty, say, 3-1. The team has the spirit and desire.

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  6. Charles

    February 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    We will definitely miss them, hope diaby plays

  7. seasonticket

    February 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This cup is extremely important; it could be part of a double, a treble, or even….I dare not say it! Even if I dream it!

  8. voila

    February 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm



    -Jack —————Song—



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