Match Of The Midweek: Spurs 1-4 Arsenal

Small wonder that Arsene Wenger accepted the punishment meted out after his shouting session against Sunderland afternoon with such a muted response. He’s down £8,000 financially (although clubs are usually held liable for fines run up by their staff) and he’s missing this evening’s League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. Considering that Wenger has been openly displaying his contempt for the competition for as long as anybody remember, he might have been tempted to relax at home this evening with a couple of glasses of chablis and a packet or two of Twiglets. As anyone that has ever pulled a sickie will know, the most satisfying days off are those that are unplanned, rather than those booked months in advance. This being football, however, he’s in the ground tonight anyway – just in the stand rather than on the bench. It may cause one or two wonder what sort of punishment exactly this was meant to be. In a way, however, both teams have something to prove at White Hart Lane this evening. Arsenal have been as exquisite as anyone could have hoped for this season against weaker opposition such as Blackpool, Braga and Bolton Wanderers but, much as Arsenal supporters are growing increasingly tetchy at the mention of it, it’s now five years since they last won a major trophy and an early exit from even this competition...

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