10 Positives from Arsenal's Carling Cup Victory over Bolton
Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Bolton at The Emirates provided a number of feel good stories for Arsene Wenger's team. The win puts the Gunners in to the last eight of the League Cup and is also Arsenal's seventh victory in the team's last eight games.
After getting off to a terrible start to the new season, Wenger's side appears to be gaining in confidence. Besides the win, today's game gave Arsenal fans a number of positives to hold on to as the season moves forward.
Arsenal Has Depth in Its Squad
Arsene Wenger has a history of giving his young players a run in the Carling Cup, and this year proved no different.
Outside of Tomas Vermaelen and Andrei Arshavin, the rest of the starting 11 were a mixture of youngsters, new signings and secondary players getting a chance to prove their worth.
The combination paid off.
While regular first team players were given a chance to rest, Arsene Wenger and the fans got a chance to see some of Arsenal's future talent.
Tomas Vermaelen Is Back
Tomas Vermaelen has been sorely missed in Arsenal's defensive unit. After missing most of last season and the early part of this year, fans were delighted to see Vermaelen back on the pitch anchoring the defense.
Despite tweaking a calf muscle and coming off with five minutes left in the game, Vermaelen has declared himself fine and ready to play.
Andrei Arshavin Showed His Class
Andrei Arshavin has often frustrated fans with uneven performances. However, the Bolton match proved that the Russian still has the ability and skill to change a game.
Arshavin was the architect for Arsenal's game-tying goal in the 53rd minute. He then turned provider, feeding the ball to Ju-Young Park for the match winner.
The youthful squad on display against Bolton looked solid and confident. Both Ignasi Miquel and Nico Yennaris performed well while playing out of position at full-back.
In addition Francis Coquelin, Emmanuel Frimpong and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all got the chance to start.
Additionally, 19-year-old Oguzhan Ozyakup and 18-year-old Ryo Miyaichi came on as second half substitutes. Both midfielders were making just their second appearances for the Arsenal first team.
Striker Ju-Young Park Scores
South Korean striker Ju-Young Park scored his first goal for the club in only his second Arsenal appearance. Wenger was so impressed with Park's play that he has confirmed that Park is ready for regular league action.
With Arsenal's strike force so heavily reliant on captain Robin van Persie, the emergence of other scoring options is a major positive.
Yossi Benayoun Displayed Good Form
On-loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun played the entire 90 minutes and showed signs of why Wenger signed the Israeli on transfer-deadline day.
Benayoun's experience was on display as he helped anchor a youthful Arsenal side.
Lukasz Fabianski Was Good in Goal
Despite a couple of nervous moments, backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a number of excellent saves.
The much maligned goalkeeper proved that he does have the ability to step up when given the chance to play.
Ryo Miyaichi Showed Why He Is Ready to Get Playing Time
While still settling in to both his new team and a new country, the Japanese winger came on as a second-half substitute and showed glimpses of what he has to offer.
The speedy teenager is being groomed slowly by Arsene Wenger, but his initial Carling Cup appearances show why the manager offered Miyaichi a contract after a trial with the club.
The boo birds and "Arsene Out" brigade have been quiet lately, as Arsene Wenger has begun to turn things around.
First, his three substitutes combined to provide the game winner in the Gunners' midweek Champions League match at Marseille. Then, his continued faith in Arsenal's youth movement in the Carling Cup proved successful yet again.
With seven wins in their last eight matches, Wenger is again eliciting declarations of "In Arsene We Trust."
The Arsenal Fans
The Gunners' faithful were in good voice during Tuesday's Carling Cup match, and it was great to see the stands filled with over 56,000 cheering Gooners.