Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Young Arsenal swats Wigan out the League Cup
by Ian Plenderleith, November 12th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] This time last week there was supposedly a crisis at Arsenal. Now it's time to once again laud Arsene Wenger for his tactical genius and his commitment to style and youth. After Arsenal beat Manchester United in league play at the weekend, Wenger sent out a team of youngsters in the League Cup round of 16, and they rewarded his faith by dispatching fellow EPL team Wigan Athletic by three goals to zero.

In the last round, a similarly young lineup had walloped Championship team Sheffield United 6-0. This time two goals by Jay Simpson, 19, and one from Mexican striker Carlos Vela, also 19, put Arsenal through to the quarterfinal. "I am very proud of the players and of the quality of the display," said Wenger. He called the team "the most complete side of youngsters" he had seen since taking over at the club, adding that it included "many good young English players."

Manchester United fielded a team that showed eight changes from the group that lost to Arsenal at the weekend, with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo predictably rested. Their replacements found Championship club Queen's Park Rangers difficult to break down until Carlos Tevez scored a penalty 15 minutes from time after a foul on substitute Danny Welbeck.

"Welbeck changed the game for us, really, and I'm really pleased with him," said United manager Alex Ferguson. "He gave us something different and earned the all important penalty. Other than that, the only area that has been letting us down of late -- and it showed again tonight -- is taking our chances. But they will come, I'm sure."

U.S. defender Jay DeMeritplayed through for Watford, who parted company with manager Aidy Boothroyd last week, in its 1-0 win at Swansea City. Lee Williamson got the game's sole goal, and interim manager Malky Mackay singled out the defense for praise: "It is a great confidence booster for the lads to be in the quarterfinal. They've worked immensely hard over the last four days. We showed tonight that we don't give away sloppy goals and that's the key to turning the ship around." Swansea had beaten Watford 3-1 in Championship play at the weekend.

In the night's other two games, the Premier League's Stoke City beat fourth-tier Rotherham United on goals from Glenn Whelan and Danny Pugh. Last year's EPL failures Derby County beat 2001 Champions League semifinalist Leeds United, now of third-tier League One, 2-1.

Wednesday's games:
Chelsea vs Burnley
Sunderland vs Blackburn
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

 

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Countdown: Vanney gives TFC reminder    
Toronto FC waited through many seasons and head coaches before finally reaching the playoffs last year. ...
Bundesliga 2016-17: Half the teams have a U.S. player    
From age 17 to 28, from newly promoted RB Leipzig to four-time defending champion Bayern Munich, ...
WCQ Callups: USA battles injuries and suspensions    
The roster for the U.S. national team's World Cup 2018 qualifiers against St. Vincent & the ...
NWSL: Olympians back in fold, mostly    
Off for 26 days because of the Olympics -- except for one make-up game -- the ...
What They're Saying: Laura Harvey    
"It's about someone’s livelihood. It’s about their career. Irrelevant of what the decision is and who ...
What They're Saying: Alex Morgan    
"The players don't control any of the consequences that happen, that are enforced by U.S. Soccer. ...
TV Report: MLS and NFL to air joint lineup    
On Sept. 18, Fox Sports will air two live MLS matches -- Sporting Kansas City-LA Galaxy ...
MLS Countdown: Timbers' health improving    
Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle and Portland meet Sunday at Providence Park for the second time in ...
WCQ Callups: T&T goes heavy on U.S.-based players    
Nine U.S.-based players -- five in MLS, three in the USL and one in the NASL ...
Video Pick: And the winner is ... Messi    
Add 2015-16 UEFA Goal of the Season to Lionel Messi's large collection of honors. His goal ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives