Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Latics Speyk to Arsenal

Latics Speyk to Arsenal


With the Latics making their second trip to London in three days with a visit to face Arsenal at the Emirates in the ¼ final of the Carling Cup I thought it would be a great chance to grab a few words with Vital Arsenal editor and massive Gooner Rocky7, lets see how it went:

worbo - How you doing rocky, good season so far for the Gunners, challenging on all fronts even after a couple of setbacks, are you pleased with how the season`s started?

Rocky7 - Hello. I'm good thanks, all the better for speaking to you good sir.

I guess when you're 3rd in the league and only 2 points behind the leaders, in the quarter finals of the League Cup, all but through to the knock out stages of the Champions League and have been drawn at home to Leeds United in the FA Cup then you don`t have much reason to grumble ...... but I'm going to.

Since the breakup of our invincibles squad (which was sad, but inevitable) our team seems to have developed the frustrating ability to become excruciatingly complacent. I can't even count the amount of times we've thrown away comfortable leads in games we could have won 4 or 5 nil only to end up with no points or being knocked out of competitions.

I'm of the opinion that we have the finest squad in the EPL, of course Chelsea have the best first 11, but depth wise I'm not sure many come close. But something is wrong. When you're players consistently make easy things hard it's difficult to accept, especially when it's against your most bitter rivals (I use that term in the literal sense).

There's no reason to believe we shouldn't have won nearly every game we've played in so far (including the away game at Stamford Bridge), but our mental attitude just isn't right at times. That's my opinion anyway.


worbo - I wouldn`t suspect the Carling Cup as being Wenger's prime target this campaign and Arsenal are noted for fielding the 'young ones` in this competition, has that been the case this season and do you think we can expect what some would consider an under strength Arsenal side for the game or is Wenger likely to go for it now we`re at the quarters?

Rocky7 - I wouldn't say it's his prime target, but it's definitely shifted up the list of priorities a bit.

I think that the reason we're not playing as many 'young ones', is that our young ones are becoming older ones. In the past we'd have played players like Nicklas Bendtner, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou and such .....and we'll be doing the same again, they've just gotten older and more experienced.

There will still be a hint of youth in there, expect Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks, maybe Craig Eastmond and Jay Emannuel Thomas will get a game too. Robin van Persie could feature as he tries to get fit, but this is all just guess work.

I'm a bitter football fan though, and it still bothers me the way we gave up the ghost in the semi final against you guys a few years ago in the last minute, van Persie scored one of the best free kicks I've ever seen so I hope Wenger plays the strongest side he feels he can.


worbo - Which of the young fringe players at Arsenal do you feel will make the break through to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey?

Rocky7 - I would say Kieran Gibbs, but he's practically there already, in fact given Gael Clichy's (a player I rate) ability to commit the most inexplicable errors time and again, I'd say Gibbs should replace the Frenchman for the time being. He's earned his shot.

Amongst the others, Craig Eastmond looks handy, if not sometimes a little out of his depth, Henri Lansbury impresses me too, he's currently on loan at Norwich so hopefully a bit of first team action can see him progress.

You might get a glimpse of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas in our quarter final clash. The guy is impressive, a big powerful forward, he seems to have it all.

It might surprise you to know that almost all of our promising talent are English players too, and they're mostly already in the England set up at some level. Too many people have been all too quick to vilify Wenger for not nurturing English talent without looking at his bigger picture. We've already got Walcott, Wilshere and Gibbs playing in the first team for Arsenal and England, don't be too surprised if these guys make it too.


worbo - Talking of Aaron Ramsey I see he`s made good progress, how`s he doing?

Rocky7 - He's doing mightily well by all accounts. I didn't expect to see him again this year after looking at the all too graphic photos in the press the day after the game. But he made his comeback appearance for the reserve last week an impressed for 45 minutes, and now he's gone on a short term loan to Nottingham Forrest to find a bit of fitness.

I'm pretty scared by that to be honest, the English lower leagues can be brutal at times, but I guess it'll test his mettle and mental strength.


worbo - £10 at the Emirates too good to miss for loads of Wigan fans, there should be a good turnout considering the time of year and the financial state of the country, do you feel prices in general though are too high, I read recently about match day admission at the Emirates set to be £100, that can`t be right surely?

Rocky7 - Yeah it's far too high. I used to get to 20 or more games per season (I live oopp North, so home games are away games and some away games travel are more like home games), but since my son was born I find it hard to justify spending over £100+ for one football match.

I must add, that £100 includes the essential ticket, travel, beer and food. That £100 for a ticket price you heard is for the higher end tickets, you could gain entry for a little over a third of that. It's still way too much for one match though, meaning match days are only an occasional treat for me now rather than a weekly necessity.

I am however looking forward to taking my boy to his first game (and maybe getting an excuse to the wife to make more regular trips 'But darling, he's so looking forward to it') he's already a proper little Gooner, he's loves van Persie, he wanted Nicklas Bendtner to win the World Cup, and he says his daddy looks like 'Arsenal Wenger'.


worbo - Prediction time, now most people would call me crazy for even suggesting this, but I think we are going to win the tie, maybe in extra time, but I think we will get a late, late goal to go through to the semi`s, I`m going for 3-2 Latics win AET, how do you see it?

Rocky7 - There's no reason either team shouldn't be able to win the tie, at the start of every game a result is up for grabs. That said however, we're usually pretty strong in the League Cup and I think we'll get through this one as well .... I'll say 2-1 to the Gunners.

Thanks for listening to me ramble.

worbo - Thanks for the chat Rocky


Join The Vital Debate



Bookmark and Share












Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site



Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Monday November 29 2010
Time: 10:40AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Haye’s Blast

Comments

0
"Massive Gooner" ... Both in terms of me loving Arsenal and my waist size.
Rocky7
29/11/2010 10:45:00
0
Ha ha, It was meant as a big fan of rather than a big fan, digging my hole deeper, I'll quit here!!!
worbo
29/11/2010 11:20:00
0
Nice one Rocky. Getting rid of the complacency and some defensive drilling - if only we can reach that state quick! Should be a good game and its time we made the home advantage count.
Deltaforce
29/11/2010 12:48:00
0
Worbo, you seriously think we're going to win this game?! I'm sorry to be on a constant downer at the moment, but I can't see anything other than the usual 4-0 type humiliation we've come to expect from our team against the top 4. However, I hope very much that I am wrong. A win could "kick-start our season" as people love to say these days.
guitardave
29/11/2010 22:08:00
0
Like Rocky says it's anyones before kick off, its what transpires once the whistle blows that matters and you just never know, I am an eternal optimist
worbo
29/11/2010 22:53:00
0
Dave - I do believe we'll win, but have you seen our home form? We've lost to both West Brom and Newcastle. Expect lots of Arsenal possession, but if we don't kill you off early there will almost certainly be chances for you to score at the end.
Rocky7
30/11/2010 10:23:00
0
Chances? We had two attempts, pretty poor
worbo
30/11/2010 22:40:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Will Grigg League One Player Of The Season And On Fire!

Latics striker Will Grigg, the man who is 'on fire' has been voted the PFA Fan's League One Player Of The Season

The Low After The High - Bring On The Friendlies!

This really is a dead period for all us Latics loving and football craving people. The season finished on an absolute high with the title held aloft

Wigan - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Wigan Athletic Transfer Rumours And Gossip 22/05/16

So with the club gearing up for a mini recruitment drive let's take a look at some of the rumours and gossip currently doing the rounds:

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Profile
Adam Convery
no email
Profile
Frank Ford
no email
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Barnsley
Suggested By: Gary Caldwell
Lee Nicholls11%
Donervon Daniels2%
Craig Morgan2%
Jason Pearce2%
Stephen Warnock1%
David Perkins5%
Max Power2%
Chris McCann2%
Yanic Wildschut45%
Michael Jacobs2%
Will Grigg21%
Reece Wabara3%
Ryan Colclough2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Moonay289
2.Whittleblue281
3.BrickLatic202
4.Thorpyness158
5.Ihaventaclue90
6.Noel Wards Leg84
7.hindleymonwafc81
8.TRUE BELIEVER71
9.loudmouthblue57
10.Jonny_SuffolkLatic53