Arsenal’s young guns played exceptionally well last night in the Carling Cup quarter-final against a Manchester City packed with international stars.
And yet they didn’t win. All it took was one break-away goal by City in the closing minutes, to seal victory.
The young gunners were full of spirit and played with real passion, out-classing their more illustrious, mega-expensive opponents for most of the game. But the lesson they need to still learn is that fine, even exceptional performance does not win games – goals win games.
And taking your chances when opportunity presents itself is something this talented bunch of youngsters needs to get to grips with. That little bit of extra effort that does not materialize at the end of a superb passing movement, kills the sequence and frustrates the fans. Also, to be honed is the skill of making that split-second decision when to lay the ball off, or go for the shot.
But these skills and the extra effort will come; let’s hope sooner rather than later.
For now, it just gives me great pleasure to watch the making of greatness. Go Gunners!