Arsenal are through to the next round of the Capital One Cup after overcoming the threat of West Brom at The Hawthorns last night. Nicklas Bendtner was playing in his comeback game for the club and despite running into a post he also bagged the assist for Thomas Eisfeld’s opener in the second half - after a poor first-half display from both outfits.
West Brom eventually scored a deserved equaliser through youngster Saido Berahino to take the game to extra-time. No goals were scored in the added 30 minutes so the game went to penalties, and despite Serge Gnabry’s tame effort being saved by Luke Daniels - Craig Dawson and Morgan Almafitano missed for The Baggies and Nacho Monreal scored the decisive winning penalty.
Arsenal have been dealt a difficult tie in the next round - where they will face London rivals Chelsea at The Emirates. The game will take part on the 28th October, and will be the first meeting between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese returned to the Premier League.
Speaking after the game Wenger had this to say:
‘’Overall I think the most important thing for me is we played well during the game and the young players came out and showed they can play in the style we want to play…Of course it will be an interesting game. Even for the League Cup they have a very large squad so we know we will play a Premier League team. And on our side at home it will be interesting.’’
Dennis Bergkamp has long been linked with a return to Arsenal as a manager or coach one day - but it now seems the Dutch legend has categorically ruled himself out of a role which would see him travel. In his recently released autobiography Bergkamp stated:
‘’In terms of flying, I've seen and done it all and I'm simply not flying again. Ever.’’
The Dutchman has suffered with Aviophobia, a fear of flying, since the 1994 World Cup.
Santi Cazorla has made some interesting comments about Spanish football. The currently injured Arsenal star has been stating his belief as to why so many players are leaving La Liga for the Premier League - blaming the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
He called the league ‘monotonous’ and that the quality in the league had ‘lowered’.
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