Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Coventry City (H)

I was sitting here Sunday in utter frustration after watching us dominate the first half yet, still go in trailing due to a lapse at a corner. As we pushed forward I got the feeling that it just wasn't going to happen. Santi Cazorla shot but Joe Hart saved. A corner that came in but City's man of the moment in the first half Lescott didn't clear the lines and it fell at the feet of an off balance Koscielny who let fly and rifled it into the top corner, cuing wild celebrations here and utter delirium at the Etihad as our spectacular away fans celebrated like we'd won the league.

I don't want to dwell on our easily deserved point on Sunday but there were some real stand out performances as well as some complete shockers. Let's start with the stand out ones. Mertesacker at the back was incredible and was easily MOTM, Gibbs and Jenkinson also played well. We were solid in the middle too with Cazorla spraying balls all over the pitch. Upfront it was a different story, Podolski had an off game but that's easily forgiven. Gervinho was absolutely awful, he spurred one guilt edge chance going through one on one but taking the heaviest of touches, and then blazing into the top tier from the D at the death. I can't help but feel that he will only be detrimental to our campaign this year, he's erratic and has a tendency to give the ball away at just the wrong time, or miss that match winning chance. Personally I wouldn't have him in the team.

Right Capital One Cup football tomorrow at the Emirates as we take on Coventry. As usual I would imagine Wenger will use this competition to showcase our young talent. I'm not going to attempt to guess our squad cause quite frankly I know very little of our youth team. We'll see the likes of Miquel, Eastmond, Yennaris, Watt etc. One player to definitely look out for is Thomas Eisfeld who is demon going forward, he never fails to impress me. If you're a gambling man, he'll be well fancied to grab a goal. An interesting question that I saw on twitter earlier was whether to play Giroud in a effort to get him firing. I would certainly be tempted to at least have him there as an option, but I'm not sure about starting him. 

Coventry have a had a rough start to the season and are still looking for a first win of the season. They have a couple of players to keep an eye on. Their best player so far this season has been David McGoldrick on loan from Notts Forest but he's cup tied so we wont be seeing him. Gary McSheffrey has been round the block a few times and Cody McDonald can be dangerous with his most successful spell being on loan at Gillingham scoring 25 goals in 41 games.

Other than that I know very little about our opponents but I expect us to win relatively easily whatever team we put out. So lets hope for an easy game! COYG!

Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Coventry