Arsenal will face Manchester City on February 25th in the EFL Cup final after their 2-1 aggregate defeat of London rivals Chelsea.
The EFL Cup offers the Gunners an opportunity to win silverware. In fact, the competition could offer the north London team their best chance of winning a trophy this season. Arsene Wenger’s side are now odds 7/4 of winning the competition.
Showed good resilience to beat Chelsea
It would be hard to claim that Arsenal were outstanding against Chelsea. However, the Gunners showed great resilience to come back from a goal down to beat the Blues, albeit with the helping hand of a huge slice of luck for the equaliser.
The Gunners have been renowned in recent years for showing a lack of steel and resilience. However, they showed tremendous character to the victory over their London rivals. Maybe the fact that Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has now left has helped lift a cloud in that Arsenal dressing room.
Wenger’s side have certainly produced two improved performances since the realisation that Sanchez was set to move Manchester United.
Winning the League Cup worthwhile
While winning the League Cup would not have been the Gunners priority at the start of the season, winning the competition at this stage will be worthwhile. One of the main reasons is that the Gunners do not have many chances of winning a trophy this season.
The teams only other realistic opportunity to win a trophy is in the Europa League. However, there are some top teams in Europe’s secondary competition. Arsenal’s opponents in the EFL Cup are of course a top team.
Citizens boss Pep Guardiola has taken the competition seriously this season with his team selections. However, winning the EFL Cup is unlikely to be top of the Catalan bosses’ priority this season. City still have a chance to win the quadruple this season, so their attention will not be solely focussed on the final.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated the importance of the competition to the Gunners this season.
Hopefully Arsenal can end the season in a strong fashion
The priority on Wednesday night may have been to make it to the EFL Cup final. However, it was also an important match to maintain a positive momentum after returning to winning ways against Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League.
Hopefully, the wins can inspire a good run of form until the end of the season. It still may not be enough to finish in the top-four, but it may be enough for the Gunners to at least pick up at least one trophy.
Would winning the EFL Cup this season constitute a successful campaign?