Arsenal begin their Carabao Cup campaign with a challenging trip to Leicester today.Mikel Arteta’s side enter the fixture with confidence in abundance after back-to-back Premier League wins, which followed Community Shield and FA Cup success. Click Here to watch EFL Cup live stream FREE
They come up against a Leicester side who have also won two from two, with a trip to either Lincoln City or Liverpool awaiting the victor in the fourth round.Date, time and venue,Leicester vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 7.45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, September 23.
This match will be played behind closed doors at the King Power Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
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Live stream: The match will not be televised live in the UK, but fans will still be able to watch via the Match passes cost £10.
Mikel Arteta is expected to make a number of changes to the side that beat West Ham last time out.The Spaniard could be set to hand debuts to Runar Alex Runarsson, who joined Arsenal on Monday, and William Saliba, who is being slowly integrated into first-team action.
Hello and welcome to the King Power Stadium where Arsenal face Leicester City in the third round of the 2020/21 Carabao Cup.
The Gunners come into the tie looking to build on the momentum formed in the early weeks of the season with Premier League wins over Fulham and West Ham. The visit to Craven Cottage was relatively routine, resulting in a 3-0 win but Mikel Arteta’s side were given a tougher task in order to beat the Hammers 2-1 at the Emirates.
As this stands as their first midweek action of the season, rotation is expected from Arteta. Anticipation surrounding the potential for a William Saliba debut has grown as despite featuring in pre-season friendlies with the first team, the 19-year-old has only played for the Under-23s since.
There also lies the possibility of goalkeeper, Runar Alex Runarsson making his first appearance for the club after his transfer from Dijon was confirmed earlier this week. The 25-year-old arrived at the club having worked under goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana at FC Nordsjaelland which could prove crucial to the way Arteta wants to develop his style of play at Arsenal.
Having already delivered the FA Cup and Community Shield to the Emirates trophy cabinet, the Spaniard has fast-understood the value of winning silverware as a manager. As a result, he has remained insistent that not just himself but all clubs will be taking the Carabao Cup seriously this season.
“We are going to take the Carabao Cup seriously, that is for sure,” he said ahead of the game. “Obviously with the fixtures we have, the number of games, it is very difficult. Maybe not in the first games but when the competition moves a little more forward, how teams – not just ourselves – are going to treat the competition.