West Brom 1-1 Arsenal was the score lie after 120 minutes of football by which almost all the players lost their gas and it took a penalty shoot out to decide the winners.
Arsenal’s German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld opened the scoring in the second half, after a delightful waited through ball by Nicolas Bendtner which allowed Eisfeld to steer clear of the defender to apply a cool finish. However, West Brom, equalized through Saido Berahino soon after and the Gunners couldn’t find the winning goal in the remaining 20 or so minutes which led to the dragging extra-time and penalties.
The Baggies who started the shootout, had the initial advantage when Arsenal’s second kick by Serge Gnabry was easily saved, but fellow Arsenal teenagers Kris Olsson and Chuba Akpom subsequently netted theirs. West Brom players Craig Dawson and Amalfitano missed their chances allowing Nacho Monreal to seal a 4-3 win for the Gunners who will now face Chelsea in the fourth round tie.
Talking to the press after the game, Arsene Wenger claimed that his young guns not only showed talent but courage as well as they beat West Brom on penalties.
“I am proud,” Wenger said. “We played with many young players and they showed they are not only good footballers but that they can fight as well.
“I decided to go for young players with the penalties and they coped well with the pressure.
“Of course, penalties are a bit of a lottery, but overall I think the most important thing is that we played well in the game and that the young players came out and showed that they can play the way we want to.
While Arsenal will host Chelsea in the next round, the likes of Manchester United, City and Tottenham have relatively easier fixtures which will be played in the week beginning Oct. 28.
As always the Gunners Tweeted their happiness after the match and here are some of the Tweets for you:
Nice to go to the next round and play over 90 minutes. Feeling good!! Contento x pasar a la siguiente ronda d la Copa y jugar + d 90 '.
— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) September 25, 2013
Well done lads, into the next round of the League Cup. Chelsea up next in the competition, not a bad draw
— Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) September 25, 2013
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) September 25, 2013