It’s been 22 years since Arsenal won the English League Cup and four since they got to the final. These are only stats that show Arsene Wegner doesn’t care much about the Capital One Cup. Wegner and his team will take the pitch this Wednesday, September 21, at 21:45 to face the Spurs in the London Derby at White Hart Lane, for seed in the next round.
Arsenal looked flat during the weekend’s loss 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It doesn’t help that Gabriel Paulista ended up ejected at the 45th minute, but reality says the Gunners never exploited their speed and were outplayed by the Blues for the most of the match.
“He took advantage of the naivety of my team today,” said Wenger of Costa ability’s to get Gabriel mad.
Wegner’s team has lost twice in a row in a week after they put together three wins and one draw over the previous four games. The defeat against Dinamo Zagreb (2-1) in the Champions League, along the loss against Chelsea could tell us this could be a rollercoaster season for Arsenal; both on offense, where they have scored just once in those two matches and defensively, allowing four goals in the last two outings.
Like Arsenal, Tottenham have been a team that hasn’t found their best rhythm early in the season, but the last week and a half has been good enough to believe they turn things around.
The Spurs started their first four games of the season without a win but have won the last three matches, including victories over Sunderland, Qarabag and Crystal Palace. However, the most important thing about it is the Spurs have kept a clean sheet in three of their last three games.
Tottenham lost the Capital One Cup final to Chelsea last year, and there’s a chip on their shoulder about it, but they appear as home underdogs according to the English Cup betting odds, rated at 3.0 to win and advance while Arsenal are 2.4, and the draw is at 3.6.
The game on Wednesday Night will be the first time this season Gunners and Spurs meet, and the first they met in the League Cup since Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-1 in extra time during the 2010-11 season.
The Tottenham v Arsenal Best Tips mention Arsenal had a three-game winning streak before they met last season, where the Spurs won 2-1 at home, and there was a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium; both game as part of the EPL 2014-15.
Spurs Harry Kanes leads the betting odds to find the net first in this match at 5.5 odds at the online sportsbook Bodog. He’s followed the Gunners’ Olivier Giroud at 6.0, Theo Walcott at 7.0 and Alexis Sanchez 7.5.
The game total has this meeting between Tottenham and Arsenal is at 2.5 goals. Only once over the last five matches between there were three goals or more scored; it was actually the last one in the series where the Spurs won 2-1 at home. Click here for League Cup fixtures.