The Carabao Cup is not the new Arsenal’s competition. If last year it was Brighton who got off the gunners from the League Cup at the first opportunity, in 2023-2024, with Mikel Arteta’s pupils fighting again for the Premier League and back in the Champions League, they were los hammers those who got rid of their northern neighbors with a resounding victory (3-1).
Three hammer blows from West Ham against a poor Arsenal, who has not won England’s second cup competition since the 1992-1993 season, which were not without controversy. Although gunners They claimed a grab on Aaron Ramsdale at 1-0, which It could not be reviewed since there is no VAR until the semifinalsMikel Arteta’s pupils did not do much on their part during the second 45 minutes to turn the score around. Only Martin Ødegaard, who scored the goal of honor.
Without Manchester City and Tottenham, eliminated in their first round respectively, Arsenal misses a great opportunity to add another trophy to the Community Shield achieved in the premiere of 2023-2024. A defeat, the second of the season among all competitions, which sends David Moyes’s pupils straight to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Controversy without VAR
Although Kai Havertz was the first to test Lukasz Fabianski with a header, the West Ham eleven, more starters than Arsenal’s, which came out without Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka by Declan Rice, contained Mikel Arteta’s pupils during the first stages of the match. To the point that they were hammers who would open the scoring at 16 minutes.
If corner kicks are the main offensive weapon of David Moyes’ team, it is for a reason. Even without player participation hammer. Ben White headed the cross directly into his goal from Jarrod Bowen’s corner and made the score 1-0. Problems for the north London team, who were greatly harmed by the non-presence of the VAR, since los gunners They called a foul on Aaron Ramsdale.
David Moyes’s charges put the visiting defense in serious trouble when it came to playing from behind. The gunnersuncomfortable without William Saliba or the help of Declan Rice, had to deal with the forward pressure of West Ham and, in the case of Aaron Rasmdale, with the home fans, who put pressure on the Arsenal goal from the stands. The first half that ended with no more chances for Arsenal or any shots on goal by the locals, but with the score 1-0 in the bright.
In case there was any doubt as to who had taken the cup tie more seriously, the hammers They were in charge of dispelling it. Mohammed Kudus opened the second 45 minutes with a great goal. A subtle control with the heel, after a pass from 30 meters by Nayef Aguerd, left the ball in hand for the Ghanaian attacker to beat Aaron Ramsdale with a low shot. A work of art that Mohammed Kudus himself admired from the billboard.
With Arsenal completely KO, David Moyes’s men went for more and, 10 minutes after 2-0, in the 60th minute, the sentence came. A goal that does not leave Arsenal’s English goalkeeper in a good place. Jarrod Bowen made a poor clearance from the edge of the box and, although the shot lightly touched a visiting defender, Aaron Rasmdale failed to palm the ball out of his goal.
With the score at 3-0, Mikel Arteta burned all his ships, bringing on Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and, with 10 minutes remaining, Martin Ødegaard. However, the match was up for grabs and there was no reaction from the fans. gunners. In the last action of the match, Arsenal’s Norwegian captain entered the area and scored the winning goal. A 3-1 that, this time, would be definitive.
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