Walcott and Gnabry could face off after Wenger cup pledge

Oct 30, 2012

Arsenal still want to win Capital One cup despite AGM comments says Wenger

AFTER dismissing the Capital One Cup as the least of his priorities as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has been trying to drum up some enthusiasm for tonight's clash with Reading in the same competition, and a showdown between Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry could spice up the game considerably.

During Arsenal's tempestuous AGM at the Emirates last week Wenger attempted to explain to unhappy fans why he would rather come fourth in the league than win a domestic trophy at Wembley.

"For me there are five trophies: Premier League, Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is the FA Cup and the fifth is the League Cup," he said. "Players ask: are you in the Champions League? A new player doesn't want to know if you have won the League Cup."

This morning he was singing an ever so slightly different tune as he told the Arsenal website: "Having a 'priority' does not mean something else is not important and you neglect it... We fight as hard as we can to stay in all the competitions and if you have to make a choice you make it as late as possible.

"I gave a frank and honest opinion about where the priorities are. But you want to do well in all the competitions in which you play."

No matter how much he wants to win the Capital One Cup, there is little doubt that Wenger will continue with his policy of blooding youngsters in the competition, which means that 17-year-old Serge Gnabry (above) could find himself the centre of attention at the Madejski Stadium.

Indeed he may even find himself in the starting line-up alongside the man some think he will replace at the Emirates, Theo Walcott. Goal.com reports that Arsenal have scheduled a final round of contract negotiations with Walcott and if they cannot agree a new deal he will be offloaded in January, and many believe that the Gunners' get-tough policy is down to Gnabry's emergence.

If they both feature tonight it could have a profound impact on Arsenal's future.

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'Get tough' policy? Arsenal have no power in this negotiation, Walcott holds all the aces! They can't even sell him in January if he refuses to leave. Poor, poor management.

I dont think anyone at Arsenal has any right to say any cup is less important it's been far too long since Arsenal had a trophey and with United vs Chelsea tomorrow big teams knocking eachother out this could be a trophey they cant pass on

But Wenger is right top players ask if the team they are going to is qualified for champions league. If your in the champions league it also means youi are fighting for the top places in the domestic league the domestic cups come after that. the money is in the highest position you finish in league and champions league football the cups don't bring nearly as much revenue in. As for walcott we are in positon to sell and have players to replace him so he does not have all the power he will have to settle for whats on table or go somewher else.

give walcott a central role he is obviously our best striker and his finishing is improving. arsene – do the right thing! get rid of the rest of the squad except diaby, santi, sagna, jenkins, gibbs, vermaelen, podolski, mertasacker, gnarby, kosieiny and santos but only if you play him on the wing.!