The Gunners chances of winning their first piece of silverware since 2005 has taken a huge boost today by the 6-1 demolition of Coventry City using partially a second string squad, but most importantly Arsenal have landed a favourable draw as they face newly promoted Premier League side Reading while other Premier Leaguers face one another.
Manchester City have already been knocked out, while Chelsea and Manchester United are set to play in the fourth-round meaning Arsenal are even less likely to land a dominant Premier League side.
Not saying that Reading will be a walk over particularly, but you can not deny there is a sense of anticipation and excitement that Arsenal can claim the Capital One Cup if the fixtures continue to fall into place nicely.
Today’s result demonstrated the depth of youth and experience in the Gunners squad with the likes of Djourou and Arshavin struggling to get onto the team sheet on a weekly basis, and exciting youngsters in Gnabry and Yennaris pushing for first team action. So if Wenger continues to utilize these types of players in this competition, Arsenal should be at least claiming one trophy this season.
Full Capital One Cup fourth-round draw:
- [Match Highlights] Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace – All The Goals And Best Bits
- [Player Ratings] Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace – Iwobi, Monreal & Wilshere Star For Gunners
- [Confirmed Lineups] Arsenal v Crystal Palace – Ozil Starts In 4-3-3
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Swindon v Aston Villa
Wigan v Bradford
Leeds v Southampton
Norwich v Tottenham
Liverpool v Swansea
Chelsea v Manchester United
Reading v Arsenal