One of the Sportboys went along to the Emirates this evening to see Arsenal take on Wigan in the Carling Cup 4th Round. Arsenal, once again playing their youngsters and reserves, were looking to build on the 6-0 win over Sheffield United in the last round. Wigan meanwhile, put out a strong side, aimed to continue their progress after victory over Ipswich in Round Three. At a discounted £10, it was good value and there was a pretty much capacity crowd.
I’m not going to write a full match report. You can find one in The Times, Guardian, BBC or Telegraph. Needless to say many Arsenal youngsters once again impressed including Jack Wilshere (just 16) and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park. Jay Simpson worked hard and got himself two goals on his full debut and overall Arsenal had five English players on the pitch, something I’m not used to seeing. Kieran Gibbs had a good game at left back and it was heartening to see Titus Bramble being useless as always. Zaki ran around a lot for Wigan but didn’t really get any service. He was somehow denied by Fabianski in the dying minutes too. I was impressed by De Ridder, who went on quite a few mazy, stepover runs and was the only creative outlet on the Wigan team. Referee Stuart Tanner was pretty poor but luckily had no major decisions with which to ruin the game with.
The highlight of the evening (and main reason for this post) was the third goal by Carlos Vela. After a sumptous chip in the last round to complete his hat-trick against Sheffield United, he scored an arguably even better one tonight. Enjoy…