Tonight we’re back in Carabao Cup action and the draw as you probably know by now has been kind to us but not too kind.
We face a Norwich City side who’ve been finding better form in the League Cup rather than the Championship where they’ve only won one of their last five league games.
However, the Canaries do find themselves 6th in the Championship, so a giant-killing could help them find their feet again, something they weren’t strangers to during their time in the top flight where they recorded wins over Manchester United as well as Arsenal.
Of the last five games between the two sides though, there’s only been one winner. Arsenal, of course. The Gunners have come out on top in four of the five meetings, with one ending in a draw at Carrow Road, but most ending in convincing wins for Arsenal, especially at The Emirates.
Thankfully through the luck of the draw, we’ll be looking to progress to the next round at The Emirates which should help our causes quite considerably seeing as our 5-2 win over Everton on Sunday was our first away win of the season.
In what was to be Ronald Koeman’s last game in charge of the Merseyside club we looked very comfortable and dominant in possession as we carved through the Toffees’ defence without any trouble which saw us hit our highest shot tally in a single game since the 2011/12 season (30 shots).
Hopefully the free-flowing attacking play from Sunday can be replicated tonight but with many personnel changes expected, that could be a tad too much to ask for.
We can probably expect to see Jack Wilshere again after he picked up his first assist of the season in his cameo at Everton as well as youngsters like Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in what should be a more challenging test than they’ve had so far against a very well respected side in England.
This could also be another opportunity to give youngsters like Josh Da Silva, Ben Sheaf, Eddie Nketiah along with a few other prospects some incredibly valuable minutes in a game which could possibly see them flourish.
With this being the League Cup though, there’s one thing to remember. Arsene Wenger has never really put much into winning this competition apart from our failed attempt in 2011 against Birmingham City.
Accompanying that embarrassment are losses to Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday more recently, which is what puts the doubt into Arsenal fans’ heads going into this game. But Arsenal tend to do much better at home so hopefully all will go to plan tonight and we’ll be that bit closer to Wembley.