Arsenal stepped into the Semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup in a long way from an entertaining win over stubborn West Ham. While fire powering- Guardiola side were made to suffer another penalty shootout despite the game looking wrapped up in the final minutes of the stoppage time.
Time to overlook briefly about the Premier League as the Carabao Cup raised its head in midweek. An open door for second-level clubs to fight for silverware and for the big guns to rest some of their stars by allowing their periphery players an opportunity to substantiate themselves.
Pep Guardiola revealed the anguish and ‘heartbreak’ it made him seat some players, for example, Yaya Toure, Gundogan or Bernardo Silva. And keep in mind that Yaya Toure captained the young City team from midfield, the latter two joined to put City deservedly ahead at the King Power Stadium.
Obviously, the Premier League table toppers possess a large portion of the game and Leicester goalkeeper Hamer was forced energetically on two or three occasions before Gundogan’s 40-yard run split the Foxes’ back line. He found Bernado unmarked and the Portuguese winger took one touch before jabbing the ball under the Hamer from 12 yards.
The goal ignites the hosts back to life and Leicester’s revival compensated for an entertaining display in the closing phases of the first half, something that differed from Arsenal’s adventures against West Ham at the Emirates.
The North London side overwhelmed the visiting Hammers but failed to test Joe Hart all through a significant part of the initial forty-five minutes with chances coming at a premium. To a great extent of forgettable performances from Arsenal, some way saw them take the lead before the break as the ball fell to Welbeck to tap in a couple of yards out.
The game took a comparative pattern during the second half with Moyes’ substitutions unfit to irritate Arsenal’s possessing game by propelling a late assault. The Gunners secured their place in the last four of the Carabao Cup on account of the only shot on target in a match that won’t live long in the memory of any Gunner’s fan seeing the sloppy game.
Manchester City looked bound for an agreeable win at the King Power Stadium, before Claude Puel reshuffled his pack. bringing on Jamie Vardy and Mahrez not just brought the Fox fan to their feet, the duo additionally gave a relentless threat to City defenders struggling to adapt to.
It was a true Cup fixture as it went into extra-time. Tired legs made no difference as both sides battled end-to-end for a place in the semi-finals, but in the end it was to be settled from the spot.
A series of perfect conversions in the penalty shootout furthered the even nature of the fixture. Finally, it was the unlikely heroes at the King Power, Vardy and Mahrez, who missed to send City through to the next round while extending their domestic unbeaten run.