Reinvigorated by a thrashing over Everton in the English Premier League, Arsenal make this Tuesday, October 24, their second game in the 2017/2018 edition of the League Cup of England. At Emirates Stadium in London, they host Norwich, from the Second Division, for the last 16 of the tournament.
The competition rules establish a single match definition. In this way, the winner of the duel will advance to the quarterfinals. In the event of a tie, a 30-minute extension will be held and, if necessary, a decision on penalty kicks.
Arsenal’s recent performance
On Sunday, October 22, the Gunners won a significant victory at Liverpool. They came out at a disadvantage against Everton, but thrashed 5-2. So they climbed to 16 points (five wins, one draw and three losses) taking fifth place in the Premier League standings. In this way he returned to the classification zone for European tournaments.
Disputing the title, however, still does not seem to be a real possibility for Arsenal. After nine rounds, the difference for Manchester City, leader, is nine points. Of course there are still many games to be played (29). However, the standard of play for the London team indicates that the fight for a place in the Champions League of Europe is a reasonable goal to be achieved.
This achievement was achieved in almost every year the team was under the command of Arséne Wenger, who completed 21 years in coaching. He only failed to meet that goal last season. That’s why Arsenal are fighting in the Europa League this year. But it goes well. Even though he has used reserves in the first three games of this continental “second division”, he has reached the nine possible points and as a group-fired leader, he is very close to securing the qualification for the knockout stage.
The calmness in this dispute could cause that Wenger does not abuse the strategy of escalating reserves in the Glass of the League of England, although it is unlikely that the coach chooses to put in field its titular team. Since he will have to sign a place in the Europa League with two rounds of anticipation, he could win better chances to turn his squad in this competition.
It was not what he did in front of little Doncaster in his debut in the competition. Also having the right to work at home, Wenger put a reserve team on the field and lazily reached the standings by beating the rival 1-0.
Against Norwich, who at least theoretically can impose more difficulties on Arsenal, the Frenchman will possibly increase the number of starters in the squad. However, even for this, you will have to overcome the limitations imposed by the medical department. They are in treatment of injuries the Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who is reserve in Premier Legue, but titular in the Glass of England; defenders Krystian Bielik (no English League performances 2017/2018), Calum Chambers (no performances) and Shkodran Mustafi (five games, no goal); and striker Danny Welbeck (six games, three goals).
The current form of Norwich
Norwich also achieved an impressive result at the weekend. He did not thrash like Arsenal but, out of home, he overcame Ipswich, 1-0, in a match for the thirteenth round of the English Premier League.
He reached 22 points (six wins, four draws and two defeats) to occupy a group of teams that fight for places in the Premier League. The Championship takes four teams to the elite division of English football. Champion and vice get direct vacancy. Teams that complete the 46 rounds between the third and sixth places play the remaining two places in the playoffs. Norwich occupies the sixth position.
The team, which has been in the First Division, defends an undefeated series of nine matches (six wins and three draws). In the League Cup of England, it debuted with victory, in the first phase, before Swindon. At home, he won 3-2. Then again in his dominions, he thrashed Charlton 4-1. He secured the right to advance to the Round of 16 by beating Brentford 3-1 as a visitor.
History of the matches Arsenal vs Norwich
There were ten meetings involving Arsenal and Norwich. The Gunners won seven times, there were two draws and only one success from Norwich.