Arsenal 6-0 Sheffield United (Match Report)
It was the youngest team in Arsenal’s history, the experience provided by Bendtner, Djourou, Song and Fabianski, but the young guns came through this Carling Cup tie with full marks.
A team awash with teenagers, but a team with a point to prove, and the Emirates was to witness a masterclass performance by the team and also a taster of goals to come from Carlos Vela.
Arsenal started nervous, giving the ball away too often, and one feared for the boys. But after a while Arsenal got hold of the ball and started to pass the ball around. The passing and movement was too much for Arsenal, Ramsey was conducting the game from the centre whilst Wilshere played with no inhibitions. What made matters hard for Sheffield United was the running of the midfield players, add to that Vela playing all over the field and Gibbs spending more time as a left winger than a left back.
The only surprise was that it took 30 minutes before Arsenal took the lead. Following neat interplay in the midfield, Vela passed to Bendtner who rifled a shot from 30 yards to give Kenny no chance in the Blades goal.
One soon became two as another great move and a flick from Vela, the ball fell to the Dane and Bendtner made it two. the game was turning into the Carlos Vela show as he scored two goals either side of the half-time interval To say these were superb gaols will be an understatement. What was sure was the Vela had put his mark down to start on Saturday.
Four became five as Arsenal’s young wonderkid, Wilshere scored his first senior goal. The finale was Vela completing his hat-trick after receiving a great ball from Ramsey.
This game showed the gulf in class between Arsenal’s up and coming players and Sheffield United. The young guns always play these cup games without any fear, their passing and movement at some stages puts the first team to shame.
Wenger has been able to include several of these players on the bench for Premier League games which has given them match day experience. Wenger now needs to follow this act through and play some of these boys, Saturday he could have used Gibbs instead of Djourou.
Wenger was enthusiastic before the game and after the game the whole world joined in, praising the Academy system that produced nine English players that were picked yesterday.
Line Up – Fabianski; Hoyte, Song (Lansbury), Djourou, Gibbs; Wilshere, Ramsey, Randall, Merida (Coquelin); Vela, Bendtner (Simpson) – subs not used – Mannone, Frimpong, Ogogo, Emanuel-Thomas