Let’s be honest, Arsenal fans, and admit that tonight’s win over West Ham was far from being a classic. It would even be a stretch to call it i8nteresting really, but the important thing was for the Gunners to get into the semi-final of the Carabao Cup and that is just what we did.
For most of the first half there was very little to speak about when it comes to goalmouth action. Despite the fact that both teams were keen to avoid extra time and a penalty shootout making for a fast start, there was not much penetration although Arsenal soon began to dominate the ball.
Arsene Wenger has already let the Arsenal fans know that he is not making this quarter-final Carabao Cup clash against West Ham any more of a priority than he normally does, and is planning to play a mixture of youth and fringe players even though this competition is probably our best chance of a trophy this season.
On the face of things it looks like it was a bad weekend for Arsenal in our hunt to reclaim the Premier League trophy that has not resided in north London since the time of the invincibles, when it was still Highbury and not the new Emirates stadium that was the home of the Arsenal.
I am surprised to see so much negativity from some of my fellow Gooners after Arsenal lost to Man United on Saturday evening, because instead of it being another poor performance and result against a big EPL rival, it is fair to say that we were the better side and but for an unbelievably inspired game from their man in goal and some rotten luck, it would have been a famous and well deserved win.
Any talk of Arsenal or the other clubs chasing the runaway Premier League leaders actually winning the title this season relies on Man City suffering something of a collapse. We have seen it before, though, and there are some key players in that City side like Aguero and De Bruyne who would be hard to replace if they pick up an injury.
One of the big stories in the Premier League today was probably received pretty well by a lot of Arsenal fans, because with Manchester United coming to play us at the Emirates stadium at the weekend, a three match ban for their main striker and top scorer Romelu Lukaku would on the face of it weaken United and increase the chances of an Arsenal win.
When Arsenal next run out onto the pitch it will be at the Emirates on Tuesday night, when the Premier League has a rare midweek slot with no domestic cup action and no Europa League and Champions League games to be played. It could also mark a rare Premier League start for Jack Wilshere, who has not started a league game for the Gunners in about a year-and-a-half, but do you think he did enough to get back in the starting line-up to face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night?