Carabao Cup: Interesting Match, Saddening Outcome

Arsenal crashed out of the Carabao Cup for the 2019/20 season in a somewhat painful manner. The scenario on Wednesday night could be likened to that of a sprinter who had been ahead of his fellow contestants for a larger part of the race only to slip and get surpassed while heading to the finish line.

It was never expected to be an easy encounter for us and as we would normally have it, we were behind as early as the 6th minute owing to a Mustafi error. The German defender was instrumental in the opening goal as he helped slide the ball into his own net.

Lucas Torreira was quick to come to our rescue with the equaliser. The Uruguayan international no doubt loves to score at Anfield. He did the same during our last visit to the place. It was a near-post goal just like the one that would follow from Gabriel Martinelli, the Brazilian Fireboy. The wonderkid after giving us the lead for the first time in the game extended it shortly after.

Mesut Ozil fed Saka who in turn crossed a low one towards the unmarked Martinelli for him to score his seventh in seven appearances since signing for Arsenal last summer. He then fouled Elliot, giving Milner the opportunity to add one from the spot. 2-3 it was at halftime.

Our fourth came in the second period when Ainsley picked on a lose Milner pass which Ozil used his tact to put back to the ideal place at the appropriate time. Maitland-Niles converted that. The goal rush was not over yet.

Following our two-goal lead was a bullet shot from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Origi made it 4-4 prior to Willock's super screamer from afar. We had the lead again but just in injury time. Origi gave his side the lifeline. 5-5.

As the match could not be settled at the end of regular time, a penalty shootout was the next option. Bellerin, Guendouzi, Martinelli and Maitland-Niles scored when they stepped forward. Ceballos could not do the same, so we crashed out after a hard fight. The Reds, on the other hand, scored all, making it 5-4 at the end.

It was an interesting game to watch but as for we Arsenal supporters, the outcome wiped out the whole frenzy derived in the course of the game. It’s over for us on this front this season.

Premier League action continues for us this Saturday against the dreaded Wolves. They are just four points behind us and have gone unbeaten in their last five league games.

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