Arsenal seeks to bounce back in the Carabao Cup

For fans of both sides who have faced almost comparative start to their domestic league campaigns respectively, this will be a battle when they play each other in the EFL Cup second round when they compete on Wednesday at the Hawthorns.

In the Championship this weekend, the Baggies claimed a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, while Arsenal continued their woeful beginning with a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates.

Valerien Ismael, the Gaffer for the Baggies, started the new season drawing 2-2 away at Bournemouth but has recorded three wins with victory over Luton Town, Sheffield United and recently Blackburn Rovers, as Alex Mowatt who moved with Valerien from Barnsley struck a volley into the net in the first minute before Ben Brereton Diaz scored the second goal after a Matt Phillips’ first-half added time miss which should have seen them two goals up.

West-Brom has a record of not falling out of the competition in the second round since the 2016/17 season, where they missed out on a penalty shootout, suffering a defeat to Northampton Town, but they did fall out in the 2019/20 campaign and will want to try their waters for the cup run.

For Mikel Arteta’s side, facing the conquerors of Europe would mean a little or nothing for any other team, respecting the fact they just had a £97.5M spree in the transfer window. Still, the result was the same: they lost to Chelsea with Romelu Lukaku, and a Reece James’ shot got past Bernd Leno to give the London Champions a 2-0 first-half win.

The pressure to turn things around now hangs on the Arsenal coach’s neck as a deficit of 4 goals lay on his 2021/22 season record. Apparently, the fans aren’t taking it kindly with him as many have called for his dismissal amidst speculation that the Arsenal Board have approached former Chelsea Boss “Conte” for the Job, not forgetting the fact that Arsenal faces Manchester City during the weekend in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta may likely present a team of the youngsters with the hope it doesn’t backfire on him. Tick-Tock Arteta!

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on if the Carabao Cup is a good chance for us to build intensity...

Yeah, let’s see who is available again. We had some knocks and stuff from the game and players that need minutes and want minutes, and it’s a competition obviously that we want to fight for. We need a win as well.

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

WEST-BROM: Defender Matt Clarke has a hamstring injury but will be assessed after being withdrawn from the Blackburn Rovers match, but head coach Valerien Ismael has already ruled his return after the international break, which could give Semi Ajayi a recall back to the backline.

ARSENAL: Arsenal welcomed back captain Aubameyang into action during the game against Chelsea. Still, the Skipper hasn’t yet picked his form and could be leading the line against West-Brom. In contrast, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Mangahaes have returned to training on Tuesday, Ben White and Alex Runarsson are still out due to COVID-19 measures. However, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey are still injured.

Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard could be starting for this match, while former West-Brom Loanee Reiss Nelson could also start alongside Ainsley Maitland Niles, who has been said to be in the coach’s plan.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

WEST-BROM:

Button; Kipre, Ajayi, Bartley; Furlong, Mowatt, Livermore, Reach; Grant, Phillips, Diangana {3-4-3}

ARSENAL:

Ramsdale; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Mari, Tavares; Xhaka, Elneny, Smith-Rowe; Pepe, Balogun, Nelson.

PREDICTION:

Considering that my last Prediction didn’t work out and emphasizing the recent Arsenal form? I would say it is a West-Brom 2-2 Arsenal {to win on Penalties}

WELL,

COME ON YOU ARSENAL!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Sola