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Before and after every first-team fixture, our MatchDay Show guest and an Arsenal blogger will have their say on the game.
Arsenal take on Coventry City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and our Talking Heads for this game are former Gunner Stephen Hughes and Leanne from LadyArse.
Read on for their verdict on the Coventry game.
STEPHEN HUGHES, CO-COMMENTATOR
I thought it was a great game; there were some great goals and it was a great performance. Andrey Arshavin was outstanding, he was playing in his favourite position and had a real influence on the game. He really grew as the game went on. Theo Walcott was excellent in the second half, absolutely unbelievable. Every time he made that run from right to left he got in for fun and he took his goals really well and actually could have had four or five. We only had a brief glimpse of Serge Gnabry, but you could see he is a very accomplished footballer, very good on the ball and I am sure he will have a great career.
I expect wholesale changes, with Chelsea on Saturday in mind. I think we’ll see fringe players with not a lot of first-team football come into the team. Coventry aren’t having the best of times, but they’ll bring a lot of fans. I think it will be an entertaining game. It’s a really good opportunity for players that want to try and push their way into the first team.
Defensively, Arsenal look a lot tighter. For me though the main thing is the team spirit. The equaliser against Man City summed it up. Every member of the team was celebrating together and we saw how much it meant to them. There’s a lot more belief and that’s showed by beating Liverpool and scoring late against Man City. These are all big positives. I think there’s a lot of belief in the camp at the moment. At the moment things are looking very positive for the Club.
It’s a desperate time for Coventry. I think what’s happening off the pitch hasn’t helped at all and that’s showing on the pitch. They’re a big club and they will bring a lot of support. It’s the one game of the season they’re really looking forward to. They are a big club and I hope they can turn it around. I was there for four years and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I lived in Leamington Spa and I made a lot of friends who I am still in contact with now. I wish them well. I think Arsenal will win the game. They have a strong squad now and it’s a good chance for them to put a marker down. Coventry will put up a fight and I think they will try to make it difficult like a lot of teams do at the Emirates, but I expect Arsenal to go through.
I don’t think Arsenal could have asked for a better result than the one they managed in Wednesday night’s game. Although the side had wholesale changes ahead of what will no doubt be a stern league test at home to Chelsea, keeping the club’s unbeaten run intact, which now extends to 11 matches in all competitions, will only boost the confidence of everyone involved with Arsenal.
They say you can only beat the opposition in front of you, and with a blend of youth, inexperience, fringe players and a couple of first teamers, Arsenal, after taking a while to get settled, found their stride and demonstrated the gulf in class between the two sides. The most frustrating aspect of the night was perhaps the lack of TV coverage for the millions of Arsenal fans around the world who were unable to attend the game.
Arsenal have now scored 17 goals in their seven matches this season while only conceding four, making a mockery of all those people who said that the club would struggle to score goals in the absence of Robin van Persie. At the same time they are on target to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup, a competition they are often accused of not taking seriously, for a record 10th season in a row.
Any game in the League Cup is exciting for Arsenal fans as it is a chance to see a number of young up-and-coming players demonstrate why they are at the club. Wednesday's match against Coventry City will be no different. A chance to rest a number of first-team regulars, it is also the perfect opportunity to give players like Olivier Giroud some game time in search of that elusive first goal in a match where there is far less pressure.
Arsenal go in to this game buoyed by recent results against Liverpool, Montpellier and Manchester City, and even though we will see a different line-up than we would normally expect for league games, I would expect the undefeated run to continue against a Coventry side who have had Mark Robins as their manager for less than a week. Coventry will offer a threat from set-pieces but this is a great chance for the Arsenal youngsters to show what they’ve been learning in training. While nothing is ever guaranteed in football, especially when wholesale changes are made to a side, Arsenal are surely confident of progressing to the next round of the Capital One Cup.
* The views expressed in Talking Heads do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband LtdCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Sep 2012