Arsenal will have the chance to show our north London rivals Tottenham the way it should be done when the next round of the Carabao Cup takes place in about two months from now, as the draw has put us up against another London club West Ham who rocked the Spuds and knocked them out after coming back from two goals down to win 3-2 this week.
Waiting for the teams to be drawn, though, was anything but a happy experience as some technical issues meant the EFL and some Twitter engineers kept having to delay the draw and in the end it was finally completed about two hours later than scheduled. Still I suppose it was worth the wait as Arsene Wenger and the Gunners will be pretty pleased with the outcome, as we avoided all of the really tough teams left in the competition, with favourites Man City going to Leicester, Man United going top the only non EPL club Bristol City and Chelsea playing host to Bournemouth. Arsenal are a very short-priced favourite to beat West Ham at home, and so if you like betting at sports events it may be worth a little flutter on the Gunners @ 6/1 (from Sportingbet) to win the competition for the first time under Wenger, as that price will drop considerably after the quarter-finals.
Just as important as our opponents was the fact that our quarter-final is going to be played at the Emirates Stadium, because the difference between our home form and away form so far this season has been nothing short of drastic. Whether the under pressure Slaven Bilic will still be the Hammers manager when we face then a few days before Christmas is anyone’s guess, but if Arsenal take this game seriously we should be heading for the semis and getting close to a second trophy of the season after winning the Community Shield. Arsenal are guaranteed to play a second string side, but so are our opponents and this season we seem to have much more strength in depth than usual so there is no reason why we cannot go all the way this time around. We are expecting to be one of the four top sides in the semis, but we are now renowned for being a very resilient Cup side as we showed in last year’s FA Cup.
Could there be another Wembley win over Chelsea coming up?