The Carabao Cup returns in all its glory on Tuesday night with Championship side Norwich travelling to the Emirates stadium to face the daunting task of facing Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
After a summer plagued with controversy, a never ending Sanchez saga and a “Wenger Out” protest gaining worldwide recognition, Arsenal entered the 2017/18 season as unlikely victors concerning silverware and domestic honours being gained.
Nevertheless Arsenal have faced the criticism thrown their way head on, winning eight of their last ten matches which included a third round League Cup win against Doncaster.
After a convincing performance against Everton on Sunday afternoon, which ultimately saw Ronald Koeman lose his job as manager, Arsenal go into Tuesday’s tie against the lower leagued Norwich beaming with confidence.
Arsenal’s club record signing striker Alexandre Lacazette will be at the forefront of the Norwich player’s mind with the French international coming in as Arsenal’s leading scorer so far this season with five goals to his name and reputation for tearing up defences in the French Ligue 1 the past two years.
However it would be a grave mistake to completely write off a Norwich side who are currently enjoying a rich vein of form, unbeaten in all competitions in their last nine games.
This past Sunday Norwich climbed into the play-off positions with an assuring East Anglian derby win over rivals Ipswich Town, and the Canaries will be looking to test themselves against the sort of teams that they would want to face next season every weekend.
Nelson Oliveira will be the man trying to capitalise on what could be an inexperienced Arsenal defence with Premier league and Europa League commitments to be considered by the Gunners. The Portuguese international has bagged himself five goals so far this season and will be looking to impress with an eye-catching performance on the big stage at the Emirates with a World Cup squad place up for grabs this summer.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries go into Tuesday night with pretty much everything to gain. However to pull off a giant killing Norwich will have to go above and beyond to beat a very strong Arsenal outfit who will want to give Norwich a beating in front of their loyal home support.
Score Prediction – Arsenal 3-0 Norwich