Arsenal had a fantastic Cup run this season both in the Top 100 Shield and the Top 100 Cup, but with the Shield safely back at the Emirates, I wanted to give you the highlights for me, we started with AZ Almaar winning 4-1 mainly the reserves, Calvert Lewin grabbing two of the four.
Next up was Fernerbahce this time 3-1 winners , round three was a massively tough game against Sevilla more first teamers drafted in and a 1- 1 draw, progressing on penalties 5-3.
Round 4 Hoffenheim and a narrow 1-0 win compliments of Smith Rowe who along with Doucoure had really impressed as under 21 players, in a tough run in the cup and had played in every round.
A quarter Final against Nuno and West Brom finished 2-0 then as we started to feel the nerves, a semi final with Lille running out 3-1 winners, the big game next a massive Final against SC Internacional and newly apointed Mike T , concerns over new manager syndrome and the massive squad of players, all wanting to impress him, played on mind, but we stook to our task and came out 2-1 winners in a very tight game.
Players Highlights, Calvert Lewin 4 goals, Niguez 3 goals , Vardy 3 goals, others chipped in and as mentioned Doucoure and Smith Rowe making there mark for me.
The Cup run was definetly helped by the squad and even some mid season transfers, to bolster the league and cup teams, juggling cup tied players, we faltered in the league and really needed and still need some points, to try achieve top 6, which was my aim, or a cup win, but both are hard to juggle with fitness, the essential Youth Team then takes the rest of my squad of 49 with Mitchell, still to join from Barecelona and this season has been a lot of effort and now gladly rewarding following last seasons World Club Cup Win and also the SMFA Shield win.
Great achievement Heath, and looks like Arsenal at last have a manager who can realise their potential.