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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Flashback: 17 year old Theo Walcott graces 2007 Carling Cup Final

This afternoon Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup final. Man Utd will start Darron Gibson and 18 year old Danny Welbeck: two young players who have been regulars in this competition and I'm particularly impressed with the glimpses I've seen of Welbeck. Watching him this afternoon will remind me of this day two year years ago when a 17 year old Theo Walcott scored the opening goal in the 2007 Carling Cup final against Chelsea with such quality that is a striking reminder of what Arsenal have been missing from the English speedster in the last four months.

It was a fantastic finish by the youngster and the atmosphere is amazing. Watching this again is also a reminder of the special, unique feel of a cup final when everything is heightened.

Lets hope for similar quality to be on display this afternoon; and if Danny Welbeck can supply it that would be great.


Blogger Skipper said...

Arsenal have missed Theo badly. I was a bit disappointed with the final today.

3/01/2009 9:15 pm

Blogger Abdul said...

What a great goal that was. Definitely Henry-esque.

Yes Arsenal have missed Walcott. He adds a direct approach to Arsenal's play with his electric pace. It will be good to see him back in action again soon.

This afternoon's final was very disappointing in terms of the quality of football. Welbeck in particular looked a little lost in the melee. He'll learn from this though and I believe he has the makings of a very talented player.

United proved once again that they have a winning mentality. This cup was the least of their priorities, but you could not tell that from the players on the pitch. Penalties are always a bit of a lottery, but I think United deserved their luck today.

3/01/2009 9:57 pm


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