Thursday 27th October 2011

My memory is pretty good, especially when it comes to all things Arsenal, a fact I am reminded about of course every time I forget anyone's birthday! For me this is due to association and not necessarily dates. After all, I have a diary for those! For example, any year where we have won a trophy I find extremely easy to remember and that includes many of my activities away from football.

Me opening my latest thoughts with such a subject is relevant because I didn't realise until this week that if we overcame Bolton on Tuesday night it would be the ninth consecutive season we have reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Definitely one of those facts relatively low down on the list of ones we remember but a quite incredible feat nonetheless. Especially of course when you consider there are 92 clubs who enter every season and Mr Wenger's consistent policy in the competition.

Many of those matches down the years have seen us almost brush teams aside, with numerous players we know little about at the time giving us early examples of what we might see in the future.

Tuesday was definitely not a 'stroll in the park' and on another night we might have been knocked out. Overall however, having enjoyed the majority of chances in the first half, scoring two excellent goals in the second, showing character to come back immediately from going behind and defending well when under pressure late on, I felt we deserved to take our place in the last eight once again.

Injuries dictate we are short in both full-back areas at the moment leading to Miquel moving from his more natural centre-half position to left back and a full debut for Nico Yennaris on the right. This in turn of course led to the return of Tommy V in a red-and-white shirt after his injury, great news as we need as many options as possible for the winter months ahead.

The Meerkat can be a frustrating player to watch at times but some of the best players in the world have fallen into that category down the years. The one thing that cannot be argued is his quite outstanding ability. His run and fine finish and the timing and accuracy of his pass for our second demonstrated that perfectly.

While on the subject of 'class', how good was Ju Young Park's finish for our all-important winner. More of that to come please!

Off to west London next and Saturday's kick-off time coincides roughly with the draw for the Carling Cup. For obvious reasons we would like to take on Cardiff or Palace with the other Premier League teams left to battle it out between them. If not, a home draw has to be favoured.

Some of our best memories down the years come from Stamford Bridge. Since Roman has arrived however, the west Londoners’ selling power has taken them to a new level.

We go into the game with confidence however, and with the right attitude, effort, sharpness and fortune we are well capable of coming away with a result.

Sing up you Gooners!


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27 Oct 2011