We booked our place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory at Anfield on Thursday night.


Liverpool – 0-0 Arsenal


Milner – GOAL
Lacazette – GOAL
Wijnaldum – GOAL
Cedric – GOAL
Minamino – GOAL
Elneny – MISS, saved
Origi – MISS, saved
Maitland-Niles – GOAL
Jones – GOAL
Pepe – GOAL
Wilson – MISS, saved
Willock – GOAL

Arsenal progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Anfield after defeating Liverpool 5-4 in the penalty shoot, following a 0-0 draw at full-time. This is the second time in a space of 2 months that the Gunners have triumphed over Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out, the first being in the FA cup. Credit should be given to Bernd Leno, the Gunners goalkeeper, who was the hero in the shootout, making two saves to ensure that the Gunners progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

on Bernd Leno...

We had two fantastic goalkeepers and they were both performing really well. Bernd, before he had the injury, and then Emi when he came in. But we had to make a decision and I think it was a moment when Emi needed the next step and financially it was a really interesting proposal for us. We need to manage the resources that we have to strengthen the team. I am really happy for Bernd and for his performance, the character that he’s shown tonight. It was really helpful to get us through to the next round.

~ Mikel Arteta

The two sides made a good number of changes to their various starting Line ups from their premier league encounter on Monday night, with only Salah, Van Dijk, and Gomez, retaining their places in the starting Line up for Liverpool, while Leno, Holding, and Tierney were among those to keep their places in the Arsenal starting Line up. The first half was as silent as never before, as both keepers were barely tested throughout, with Arsenal guilty of not converting their chances. It was late in the second half that Leno produced 2 brilliant saves to keep Arsenal in the tie. Arsenal will feel they deserved a late penalty in stoppage time when James Milner handled the ball after slipping in his 18-yard box, but the referee waved play on as the game went straight to penalty shoot out, where Leno produced 2 brilliant stops after Elneny missed his spot-kick, to send Arsenal through to the quarter-finals where they would play at home to Man City.

Mikel Arteta will feel his side are getting accustomed to his tactics but it is clear that this Arsenal team needs an attacking midfield reinforcement before the transfer window closes, they need to act fast but before then, they host Sheffield United on Sunday in the Premier League.


It’s a quick turnaround for our next game, as we host Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Then it’s the international break before we return to action on October 17 with a trip north to take on Manchester City at the Etihad.


REPORT By Patrick Alexander

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