Can the Carabao Cup provide the escapism for Arsenal that the Europa League did?.
That would be a case to argue if it weren’t for the dramatic gulf in class between Pep Guardiola‘s side and the challenges Group B posed.
Defeat at Everton on Saturday was Arsenal’s third in five games, with pundits even tagging them as relegation candidates in the aftermath. That’s hardly great preparation for an encounter with Man City in midweek.
The Citizens may not be on top form, but they’ve made this competition their own. City have won four of the last five EFL Cups, so it’s no surprise they’re odds-on to win at an Arsenal side who are teetering above the drop zone.
The visitors come into this one unbeaten in eight matches, keeping seven clean sheets in that run. We expect them to hold off an Arsenal attack that has scored only 12 times in 14 Premier League games this term.
To make matters worse for the Gunners, they’ve lost eight of their last nine meetings with City. Arteta’s men drew a blank in a loss to City earlier this term, their six defeat to nil in eight clashes with the Citizens.
- Arsenal and Manchester City last met in the Carabao Cup in the 2018 final, which the Cityzens won 3-0. The Gunners have lost their last three matches against City in the competition, having faced defeats at the quarter-final stages in 2009/10 and 2011/12.
- Manchester City have won their last three away matches against Arsenal, all of them in the Premier League. They are the only team to win three consecutive away games against the Gunners at the Emirates.
- Arsenal have been eliminated from six of their last eight League Cup quarter-finals, reach the semi-final only in 2010/11 and 2017/18 during this run.
- Manchester City have progressed from/won the final in each of their last 17 League Cup ties and haven’t lost a game in the competition in London since December 2003.
- Since 2006/07, only Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (20) have won more League Cup matches at one venue than Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (19), with the Gunners coming out on top in seven of their last eight matches (L1).