Arsenal have drawn a Home tie to West Ham in the quarterfinal round draw of the Carabao Cup. The game is scheduled to be played the week of December 18th.
The draw was delayed over an hour with due to “glitch at Twitter HQ” (meaning they were heating up the balls so United gets a good draw). Twitter had a day taking the piss out of this one. Take a look at the replies if you want a good laugh at their expense.
Draw delayed: Carabao Cup Round Five Draw will now take place at 5pm following a minor technical glitch at Twitter HQ.— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) October 26, 2017
Apologies from the EFL and Twitter. We are still working on the technical difficulties and will bring you the draw as soon as possible...— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) October 26, 2017
Update: Twitter engineers continue to work on the problem. The EFL will be bringing you the draw as soon as is practically possible— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) October 26, 2017
Alright, I digress.
After a glorious late comeback led by 18 year old Eddie Nketiah, the Gunners are through to the next round of the cup. Arsenal have not won the English Football League Cup (now titled Carabao) since 1993, but this young group will look to get the result and move through to the two leg semifinals.
Bristol City are the only side not in the Premier League left in the competition, meaning that the remaining teams will be quite the test as we move closer to the final. The other 6 Premier League Teams remaining are Leicester, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and West Ham (thanks for knocking out Spurs, gents).
The team sheets in the Carabao Cup are notorious for being filled with younger names until the quarterfinal/semifinals, when the hardware is within arm’s length. It will be interesting to see if Wenger continues to play youth team members like McGuane, Macey, Nketiah, etc. in the next round of fixtures or if he will be playing more senior team names.
Watch Nketiah’s round of 16 heroics with the extended highlights below: