Cup Won’t Be Half Empty

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In for a penny, in for a fiver: Tonight’s cup tie against Sunderland will apparently be a 48,000 sell-out thanks to innovative pricing on behalf of our hosts. In an era when Premiership games – especially in London, and certainly at Arsenal – are increasingly pricey, why not set aside a certain amount of games a season, as club policy, at prices everyone can afford? I think it’s a brilliant idea.

As for the game itself, a youthful League of Nations will again be in evidence for us. I’m not quite sure which youngsters will be playing, but who knows, there may even be an Englishman in there somewhere for the first time in three games. In fact, there definitely will be, as Justin Hoyte will be lining up for Sunderland. He’s doing pretty well, by all accounts.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Mexican Carlos Vela, who is on trial at Arsenal, has claimed he wants to play in Spain. For all of us who’ve had to endure England over the last few days, I’m not surprised. It’s bucketed down non-stop and blown a gale. If it makes me want to get on a plane – to anywhere, frankly – then I can only imagine what it must feel like for a teenage Mexican.

And finally, how bored are you of “We Miss Vieira” stories? Yes, me too – so here’s another.

Bye now.


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.