Apparently, no side has scored fewer goals on the way to a League Cup final than Arsenal and their tally of six in this season’s competition.
It’s fair to say, there’s been a real dearth of swashbuckling attacking play in the victories over Doncaster, Norwich, West Ham and Chelsea, however, despite our struggles in front of goal we still have a chance to break Arsene Wenger’s duck in the competition when we face Manchester City on Sunday.
“We have been certainly economic, yes, because we faced some good teams,” said Wenger ahead of the trip to Wembley.
“We played against good sides, if you look well at our parkour it was not an easy one. We had to knock West Ham out.
“I believe it doesn’t matter too much how you got to the final, once you get there you want to win it.”
Quite why West Ham stood out as a particularly tough challenge when we also beat Chelsea is odd. Perhaps something of a brain freeze on the part of the boss. It was very cold last night.
Asked which of the challenges represented the stiffest for his players, Wenger reflected on the extra-time win over Norwich in October.
“Norwich, extra-time. We were 1-0 down and certainly that’s a moment where we were most wobbling. We equalised very close to the end.”
Remarkably, Eddie Nketiah’s brace that night makes him our top scorer in the competition. He’s ahead of Granit Xhaka, Danny Welbeck, the departed Theo Walcott and a corking own goal by Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
While goals have been a problem in the Carabao Cup, defending has been an issue in pretty much every other competition.
On Sunday, we face Sergio Aguero, a player who has 29 goals in 20 games to his name this season.
“By being well organised as a team,” was Wenger’s response when quizzed on how Arsenal can stop the in-form Argentine. “You want also a great performance from your defenders, individual performances as well. The advantage is that we know him, maybe as well to stop the providers to feed him.”