With Arsenal set to embark on another Carabao Cup campaign, Mikel Arteta has been key to stress that the Gunners will be taking the competition seriously this season.
In the 134-year history of the club, Arsenal have lifted the League Cup just twice, both times coming under George Graham in 1986 and 1993. Despite his illustrious time in charge of the club and reaching the final three times in 2007, 2011 and 2018, it was the only domestic trophy Arsene Wenger failed to win.
The competition’s later stages taking place in the vital winter months often sees heavy rotation from clubs involved, suggesting a lack of importance, but Arteta ensured all that this isn’t the case.
“We are going to take the Carabao Cup seriously, that is for sure,” he told reporters ahead of his side’s third round clash with Leicester City on Wednesday [September 23].
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“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.
“But we have to go day by day, lets see what position we are in for Wednesday to try and put out the strongest possible team to try and win it.”
Starting his journey to management by becoming Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager in 2016 at Manchester City, Arteta helped the side win the competition twice out of the three times they have lifted it in the past three seasons. The first of which being the 3-0 win over Wenger’s Arsenal in 2018.
As well as facing the Gunners in these finals, City also played Chelsea  and Aston Villa , while Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City also represent top Premier League clubs to reach the semi-finals at least in these years.
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