Carabao Cup: Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties to advance to quarters

Carabao Cup: Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties to advance to quarters

Arsenal have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Liverpool 5-4 on penalties. 

After a barren draw, the two sides had to be separated by a penalty shoot-out. Divock Origi and Harry Wilson missed a penalty as Joe Willock netted the winner to send the Gunners to the last eight. 

In a game that ended goalless in the first half saw a number of chances created but were not fully utilized. Diogo Jota went close to giving Liverpool the lead as the ball was delivered back into the box from the right. The forward got a big header in from a tight angle which was pushed away by Leno. 

In response, there was a rare Arsenal corner played short and worked back to Pepe, who took the initial delivery and whipped in a delicious ball towards the six-yard box. Holding rose highest to head goalwards and pulled a decent save out of Adrian. The Gunners could have done with that going in - it was Adrian's first real save of the night and Holding had a real chance to test him.

After a regular time, there was nothing separating the two sides and we were forced to go for a penalty shoot-out. 

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  • Arsenal have reached the League Cup quarter-final in four of the last five seasons; this was their first penalty shootout victory in the competition since the 2013-14 third round at West Brom.
  • Liverpool have lost four of their last six penalty shootouts in all competitions, including two to Arsenal this season (also in the Community Shield).
  • Arsenal are without a win in 10 visits to Liverpool across all competitions (D4 L6) since a 2-0 victory in the Premier League in September 2012.
  • This was the first goalless draw between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield since August 1998 in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool played out their first goalless draw in the League Cup since October 1992 against Sheffield United, and first at Anfield in the competition since January 1982 versus Barnsley.
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