Arsenal were the first name into the draw for the Carabro Cup with a 1-0 win over West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium last night. Despite both teams making of chances, in particular the hosts who named no less than making 11 changes to the team that beat Newcastle at the weekend, the Gunners had enough in the locker to over come a spirited West Ham performance.
It was England international Danny Welbeck that broke the West Ham hearts minutes before the end of the first half, reacting quickest to Mathieu Debunchy’s header across the West ham goal line.
With the Christmas period upon them and the prospect of 10 games in the next 36 days the win came at a cost as French Man Olivier Giroud was forced off with an injury that could keep him out until the new year and Francis Coquelin also failed to finish the game, although the extent of his injury is yet to be made public.
In the other quarter final Leicester City pushed Manchester City all the way at the King Power stadium, with the current premier league leaders only ensuring they kept their unbeaten run going by winning 4-3 on penalties.
Bernardo Silva had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half, benefiting from Ilkay Gundogan’s excellent run from within his own half to score only his second goal of the season.
For the rest of the game it looked like that goal would be the difference until deep into injury time when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have brought down Demarai Gray in the Manchester area. Jamie Vardy stepped up and ensured the game went to extra time at least.
With no change at the end of injury time it eventually lead to penalties, were it was Man City’s Claudio Bravo who was again the hero denying Riyad Mahrez only moments after Vardy had seen his effort hit the post.