5 minutes, a red card and King Kenny’s ambition.

Wenger breathes a sigh of relief

Five minutes. Arsenal on only had five minutes to hold on for my 0-0 bet at half time to land. To be fair, it was a lot more open than I thought it would be. End to end play was exciting to watch but I cringed every time a shot flew towards the goal. Credit to Arsenal for coming from behind to win the tie, especially in the manner of the second half. One player which I thought played a significant part was the introduction of Rosicky. He tracked back, made tackles and kept a cool head in possession. Yes, younger players like Frimpong and Ramsey are promising, but I think this shows the value of experience in a very young Arsenal team in transition.

A red card and Big Sam pays the price

I didn’t give Aldershot a chance pre game. The stats show Aldershot had 19 shots, of which 9 were on target. Compare that to West Ham’s 8 shots with 5 on target. Debutant Callum McNaughton saw red just after the 2nd half began and the Hammers 1-0 lead looked in danger. Before this incident, Piquionne and Carew started the match along with Kevin Nolan. They should have scored more in my opinion with this kind of talent on show and only have themselves to blame for a cup upset. For a punter, it’s incredibly annoying when a player gets sent off. It’s something you can’t predict. Don’t players know they ruin peoples bets?!

Boro continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Keeping a clean sheet against a free scoring Peterborough side is no mean feat. Middlesbrough are becoming a force to be reckoned with from a betting perspective and I’ll be looking at them in the future.

Strong attacking selection and Pool ease into the next round

Last but not least, the only bet that I got right tonight. King Kenny fielded the likes of Suarez, Adam and Henderson with Reina in goal, they were always going to win this tie. I think it’s interesting he played such a strong squad and it perhaps hints at his ambition in this cup. He even brought Downing off the subs bench despite being 3 goals to the good. Dubbed as a ‘saviour’, he’ll want to live up to this – even if it is only a Carling Cup. They could be a play in future rounds if he decides to select players of similar ilk.

Plzen their fans…

Elsewhere, Plzen came back from a goal down to win 2-1. As I suggested before, they are no mugs and wins against Rosenborg and Copenhagen show they know where the back of the net is. They could be underdogs in the group stages and I look forward to seeing them battle it out with Europe’s finest.

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