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Carabao Cup: Arsenal Handed Tough Quarterfinal Draw

Amuda Segun

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Arsenal have been given a tough quarterfinal fixture in the Carabao Cup after the draw was held on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were handed a tricky quarterfinal tie with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Unai Emery and his players will face Spurs at home in a bid to seal a spot in the last four of the competition which they came close to winning last season.

Arsenal were beaten finalists following a 3-0 final loss to eventual winners Manchester City in the last campaign.

The North Londoners remain one of the favourites to win this year’s competition after their fourth-round victory over English League One outfit Blackpool.

Arsenal defeated the Tangerines 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in a game which ended with ten men on both sides.

Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner gave the home side a 33rd-minute lead before young midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe doubled that lead in the 50th minute.

The hosts were then reduced to ten men when French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for two yellow cards on 56 minutes.

Blackpool pulled one back ten minutes later through Paudie O’Connor who was then sent off in the 84th minute for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal thereafter preserved the 2-1 scoreline to book a spot in the last eight of the competition.

In the other quarterfinal fixtures, Chelsea will welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge in an all-Premier League affair, while the winner between Leicester City and Southampton do battle with the winner of Thursday night’s fourth-round tie between holders Manchester City and Fulham at home.

Middlesbrough host Burton Albion in the other quarterfinal tie.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.