On Wednesday night, Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Southampton that ended their 22-game unbeaten record in all competitions. This competition would not usually be high on the Arsenal priority list. However, the fact that the opponents are Tottenham gives this an extra edge.
Arsenal were defeated finalists in last year’s competition, as they were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City. The Gunners will at least be looking to make it to the last four of the competition this season.
Despite that recent blip at Southampton, Arsenal’s recent home record is still strong. In fact, the Gunners have won their last three matches at the Emirates in all competitions. They are also unbeaten in 13 games, recording ten victories in the process.
Tottenham heads into this game in decent form, having won three of their last four games since a 4-2 league defeat at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League earlier this month.
The defeat at Arsenal is Spurs only loss in their last 11 outings in all competitions. The visitors have also won nine of those aforementioned 11 games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side has already beaten two Premier League opponents in this season’s competition, beating Watford and last time out West Ham to make it to the last eight of the competition.
The visitors have been in good form on their travels of late, winning seven of their last ten games on their travels in all competitions. Their recent away games have been relatively tight and low scoring affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four matches.
In normal circumstances, Arsenal would probably field a much-changed line-up in this clash. However, with this being a derby match Gunners boss Emery is likely to pick a strong line-up.
Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain sidelined through injury, while Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are doubts. Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are available again after serving one-match bans against Southampton last time out.
Spurs are likely to name a strong line-up too. The visitors are without Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele due to injury, while Serge Aurier, Juan Forth and Davinson Sanchez are also doubts. However, Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks should return after missing the Burnley game last time out.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 8/5, while Tottenham are odds of 7/4 and the draw is odds of 13/5.
The Gunners will be confident of bouncing back to winning ways in this clash, but it will not be an easy match for Unai Emery’s team.
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