Arsenal play their second Emirates-based North London Derby in quick succession as they look for a place in the Carabao Cup semifinals.
It’s difficult to predict what lineups will look like and how this match will go. The Carabao Cup is the least prestigious competition in which Arsenal are participating, and these matches have traditionally been an opportunity to give academy players a chance on a bigger stage. On the other hand, this is a quarterfinal, and some silverware, regardless of where it comes from, would be nice.
In addition to Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck’s season-enders, the Gunners are dealing with injuries to Hector Bellerin, Emile Smith Rowe, and Dinos Mavropanos. Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi are still questionable; they would be last-minute additions to the lineup if they’re fit to play.
Spurs will be missing Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, and Vincent Janssen, all with various leg issues. Meanwhile, Eric Dier is out recovering from appendicitis, and probably isn’t too keen to return to the Emirates anyway.
Should Arsenal win this match, their potential opponents in the semifinals are Manchester City, who beat Leicester on penalties yesterday, Burton of League One, who beat Middlesbrough 1-0, and the winner of today’s match between Chelsea and Bournemouth.
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Tottenham, Carabao Cup Quarterfinal
WHERE: The Emirates
WHEN: Wednesday, December 19 11:45 AM PT | 2:45 PM ET | 7:45 PM BT
US TV: Streaming only on ESPN+ (paid subscription service, 7-day free trial available for new users)
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