While many fans rarely look twice at the Carabao Cup, it’s still a competition that holds some kind of prestige – if only because it’s been going on for so long now. Arsenal will be entering the field of play this week as they prepare to lock horns with Leicester City in the third round, knowing that a win could set them on their way to another Wembley appearance.
There’s some sense of normality behind people moaning about the Carabao Cup, and even if there are some out there who won’t watch, it’ll be an intriguing game between two of the Premier League’s finest.
The Foxes have probably started far better than anyone expected this season after they fell off the side of a cliff last season in their push for a place in the UEFA Champions League. The fact that they also have to start thinking about their entry into the Europa League does make you wonder how seriously they’re going to take the Carabao Cup, but at the end of the day, it serves as another opportunity to win some silverware – and qualify for Europe next season, too.
Mikel Arteta is a smart man and he’ll know that most Arsenal fans want to focus on the Premier League and, potentially, retaining the FA Cup. We’re probably going to see a few youngsters making an appearance in this game and any that follow it if they’re able to get past Leicester, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Gunners are capable of doing some great things with just about everyone in their squad, but it all comes down to whether or not Arteta sees the CC as a priority. The answer? Probably not.
We actually think Leicester are going to be the ones who keep their great run of form going at the expense of Arsenal, and that isn’t going to be the worst result in the world. They should obviously do everything in their power to win the game with whatever team they put out, but we don’t feel like it’s going to be enough.
All eyes are going to be on the Liverpool game next Monday and understandably so, and at the very least, all we want from this game is some fight and determination from the Gunners. From that point, the rest is up to them.
Will Arsenal move into the next round of the Carabao Cup?