Marouane Chamakh: In hindsight, the League Cup left its mark on us
Written by Renzo on May 23, 2011 18:00
According to Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, the lost League Cup Final against relegated Birmingham left its mark on the Gunners.
The Morocco International said that before the Wembley final the Gunners were convinced they could reach the end of all competitions but since losing against the Blues, Arsenal could only register three wins, the F.A. Cup replay against Leyton Orient and Blackpool and Champions Manchester United in the Premier League.
The striker continued by saying that had the Gunners won the League Cup, many would have had to admit that playing football the way it should be played can pay off but a last-minute conceded goal means that they have to wait at least one more season before ending their six-year trophyless crisis.
On what went wrong this season, the striker said:
It’s weird. Right up until the end of February, we were competing on every front. Then we lost the League Cup final and we started asking ourselves questions.
Everything happened very quickly, the Champions League came: we played well in the first leg against Barcelona, and then we blew the return.
In hindsight, the League Cup left its mark on us. It’s my first season with the club, but it’s been a long time that my teammates want to win something.
If we’d won the League Cup, people would have said: ‘Arsenal play well and win.’ But it all hangs on one goal in the last minute.
Arsenal are trying to associate stylish play with victories. For the time being it’s not coming off, but I remain convinced it will come.