Any chance of silverware should not be scoffed at, even if it’s the often ridiculed Carabao Cup, according to Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta. At Manchester City, Arteta was part of the team who won it in back to back seasons and he feels that the perception of the league cup is slowly turning.
“I think, in the last few seasons of the competition, other clubs have raised (their standard),” he said.
“There is only one winner with the Premier League in this country with a lot of frustrated teams. So now, everyone wants to win a title.”
The Spaniard has already won two titles in his nascent Arsenal career and is gunning for more this season – including the Carabao Cup, but he admits the fixture schedule adds to the challenge.
“We’re going to take the Carabao Cup seriously, that’s for sure,” he said. “And, obviously, with the fixtures that we have, the number of games, it is very difficult.
“Maybe not the first game, but (it gets more difficult) as the competition moves a little bit more forwards, with how teams, not just ourselves, are going to treat the competition.
“We have to go day by day. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, and see which position we are on Wednesday to try to put the strongest possible team to try to win it,” shared Arteta.
On top of the possibility of winning a trophy, a deep run into the Carabao Cup is beneficial for youngsters and bench players who could use the minutes on the pitch.
To earn those minutes though, Arsenal ar going to have to perform at the King Power Stadium against a wily Leceister side.
There may be a debut for new goalkeeper Alex Runarsson, while the likes of Cedric Soares, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will all hope to be involved from the start.