Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Giroud out but strong squad to travel to Bradford

Giroud out but strong squad to travel to Bradford

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud will miss Arsenal’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with Bradford tomorrow night, but says the fact that the club don’t play again until next Monday means he can take a strong squad up north.

Giroud picked up a back problem in the first half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Brom and will be given time to recover before the trip to Reading next week. There’s still no place for Theo Walcott while Laurent Koscielny and Andre Santos remain sidelined.

“We will have an experience squad at Bradford,” said Wenger. “We have a good recovery time ahead of the game at Reading on Monday. So we can use the players we want to use.”

Vito Mannone has recovered from an unspecified injury and returns to the squad, but youngsters who would be expected to take part like Nico Yennaris and Ignasi Miquel miss out through injury.

It’s likely the manager will bring some of the younger generation to boost the squad as it’s a competition in which Arsenal are renowned for giving players a chance in, but after the remarkable, and frankly, bonkers game in the last round, it seems Wenger is determined not to take too many chances.





  1. Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated Thumb up 19 Thumb down 132

  2. I just want to win this competition to stop all the cunts going on about 8 years and counting, please do whatever it takes

    Thumb up 169 Thumb down 1

    • Would be great to win it, but I don’t think it’s going to stop anyone from going on about all the other things we’re not winning. We can all have our own motivations, of course, but I’ve given up on pleasing those “fans”

      Thumb up 41 Thumb down 0

      • It’ll stop the guys I work with bringing the subject up all the time.
        The spuds supporters go on and on about it!

        Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

    • If we win the Capital One Cup, the tune will change to, “Arsenal haven’t won a serious trophy in 8 seasons.”

      Thumb up 65 Thumb down 0

      • Already started of talk shite

        Thumb up 26 Thumb down 0

      • Matt Jarvis' Uncle

        My theory is, I think it will be more like “Arsenal have only won one trophy in 8 years”.

        With that said, it would be really special to see these players lift a trophy other than the Emirates cup.

        Thumb up 27 Thumb down 0

      • I’m sure we’ll all rather it be 1 trophy in 8 years than none!
        But let’s take it 1 game at a time, we’ve been here before & much further, lets hope Our luck changes! I mean it has to sometime & it’s about fucking time.

        Thumb up 10 Thumb down 0

      • Fairly recent Gooner

        I went to the Emirates Cup a couple of years ago ad they didn’t even win that. I got very drunk after that.

        Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

      • But very few teams have won a serious trophy in the last 15 years.

        Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • I agree 100%. Let’s shutup the so-called pundits.

      Thumb up 16 Thumb down 0

  3. Smell something? Its silverware. COYG!

    Thumb up 53 Thumb down 1

  4. I hope eisfeld gets a chance..he deserves a chance

    Thumb up 167 Thumb down 0

  5. And which other forward would have taken his place? It was a hit to the back. It wasn’t a knee ffs

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 2

  6. @abhijith, he isn’t injured, just precautions, anyway, had he be taken of early we would have missed that ” what what what ” moment. ….. That badass attitude

    Thumb up 51 Thumb down 0


    Thumb up 57 Thumb down 1


    Thumb up 41 Thumb down 1

  9. gunningforsilverware

    whatever ppl say idnt care,capitalonecup is a TROPHY,SO LETS take a chance to win it n start counting trophies.hooorey…….just needs huntelaar.a left back,a dm for champions leagues knock out stage.

    Thumb up 10 Thumb down 11

  10. Mannone, Jenks, Mert, Verm, Meade, Coq, Jack, Rosicky, Ox, Chamakh, Gnabry

    Martinez, Angha, Hajrovic, Ramsey, Eisfeld, Gervinho, Akpom


    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 18

  11. My hopeful starting XI (4-3-3):

    Podolski – Chamakh – Gnabry
    Rosicky – Coquelin – Eisfeld
    Meade – Djourou – Mertesacker – Jenkinson

    Would be great to see the 4 Deutschlanders interlinking ;)

    Thumb up 30 Thumb down 3

    • I agree, apart from podolski who wasn’t available for game at the weekend. Gervinho should start, he should tear Bradford apart and he’s off to the ACON’s soon so we don’t have to worry about faitgue as much

      Thumb up 14 Thumb down 0

    • Deutshland über alles!

      Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

  12. Good to know that we want to take this cup serious. Cos truth be told its our best if not only chance at ending the ‘famed’ drought.
    I literarily laughes out loud at “Vito Mannone’s unspecified injury”

    Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1

    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      Be careful not to laugh out loud too strongly. It’s been known to cause unspecified injuries.

      Thumb up 23 Thumb down 0

  13. Come on, let’s win this thing.

    Thumb up 14 Thumb down 0

  14. I don’t think Rosicky will be ready to play a full game yet (neither will Wenger push him).


    Subs – Sir Chess,Gibbs,Squid,Rosicky,Cazorla,Poldi,Gnabry

    Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

  15. Would like to see Coquelin given a chance, like him a lot, play him possibly alongside Rambo with an attacking trio of Gnabry/Rosicky/Eisfeld and would like to see Lukas get a chance at ST, reckon he can do some damage

    Thumb up 12 Thumb down 1

  16. wengers furrowed brows

    time to fire the young canons…nuke the COC

    Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

  17. This has got to be our chance to get a trophy albeit AW 4th choice.

    So very sorry that a chinless City player is getting masses of abuse for hiding behind a defensive wall because he is scared of the ball hurting him .

    Thumb up 29 Thumb down 0

  18. We really need to take this cup serious this season. Arsene’s ” top 4 considered a trophy” is gonna be a top 3 spot soon with the performance of english clubs in champions league

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

    • Gutbukkit Deffrolla

      You poor fool. You read a newspaper and believed what it said.

      Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2

      • It does happen Germany increased to four teams. Italy reduced to three through regular poor performing in the champions league.

        Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

    • English teams can suck for a while yet before that happens.

      Thumb up 14 Thumb down 0

    • Don`t you guys worry. EPL will keep the top 4 spots since it’ll be 2 years in a row that a London team will lift the champions league trophy. Believe it my brothers!

      Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1

  19. Yay!!! Now I get to see more Chamakh! [/sarcasm]

    So do we move the forehead who can’t hit the target or the lizzard with the dodgy haircut up front?

    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 11

  20. Wining the league cup with those two Charlie Nicholas goals was the start of GG golden patch. It could do the same for us now.

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  21. Maybe I will be back again return of the squilac that’s right its the return of the squil-lac

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 7

  22. It’s a shame he’s out, we need his headed goals.
    I expect nothing special from his feet!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  23. We want a good strong team for the match and with reading to come we have the base for a good consistant winning run. Like to see Poldi up front and a run out for Gnabry and Eisfeld.

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  24. Wenger should start with a strong eleven tomorrow. If we are well ahead at half-time then he can take off a couple of players and rest them.

    This is a great opportunity to win a trophy. With only Chelsea, who look quite beatable, left as serious opposition we should go all out to take this cup.

    If we don’t see off Bradford then we might as well give up.

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  25. Lol just sitting here reminiscing how Mert threw a tantrum on saturday after sliding in for the ball.

    “Ball….ball….got ball, ah you ref you!!!!”

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  26. I hope the boss can show the faith in Arshavin cause his performances thus far have been encouraging, however I expect either Rambo or Gerv getting the nod instead…? Either way here’s hoping the lads play well and we get a great result heading into the Christmas… Oh to Be a Gooner!!!

    Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

  27. Perfectly Normal Gooner

    Without such an aesthetically-pleasing man, I’m afraid we may struggle to penetrate Bradford in their rear.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  28. dont want rambo nowhere near. give eisfeld his chance to show he should be in the first team squad. Id like to gnabry and more of Akpom in this game. but above all i want us to win, and win in style. clean sheet would be good too

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  29. As if when giroud plays we are invibcible

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  30. Good to see everyone backing Eisfeld and Gnabry.

    With Walcott/the club playing silly buggers (meh) it’s maybe a good chance to get Gnabry on during premiership matches. Haven’t seen enough of him yet but there is a lot of positive stuff being said. Eisfeld is a class act and cup games he should be starting because now rosicky is back now aswell, its near impossible do him to taste 1st team action this season.

    Gnabry has a chance down the right if Walcott and gervinho (defo a cross between Predator and Whoopie Goldberg) keep playing poo. Looking forward to tonight either ways. COYG

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  31. Gervinho needs his early-season confidence back. Bradford is a perfect opportunity. He should start, play and score.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  32. serge gnabry, such a wonderful name for me!

    maybe someday i’ll use that name for ma son.


    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

If you would like your own avatar, go to Gravatar.com and sign up there.
Scroll To Top