West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 1
(1-1aet)
Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties.

Arsenal secured safe passage into the Carpital One Cup last 16 in the most dramatic of manners at the Hawthorns. Thomas Eisfield, the Gunners 20 year old German gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead just past the hour mark, only for Albion to draw level through Saido Berahino. Chances to win the tie in normal and extra time were missed by both sides and then arrived the dreaded penalties. With Steven Reid and Niklas Bendnter both netting their spot kicks, Serge Gnabry missed from twelve yards. Then more drama as the home side saw their last two spot kicks miss the target. With Arsenal needing to score their final penalty of the five, up stepped Nacho Monreal to pick his spot to the delight of the travelling Arsenal supporters. Arsenal will now host Chelsea in the next round.

One bit of concern for Wenger will be Mikel Arteta having to go off due to what appeared to be a left calf injury. The midfielder had his leg heavily strapped with an ice pack at the pitch side celebrations.

Bendtner was making his first Arsenal start in over two years, and he was unrecognisable (literally) in his samurai hairstyle and bearded look. It was the Dane’s pass that put Albion to the sword after 61 minutes, after a dull first first half. Bendtner slipped the ball to Eisfield and the German sent goalkeeper Luke Daniels the wrong way. The theme would repeat itself in the most dramatically of ways later in the evening.

Ten minutes after going a goal behind, Albion were level. Berahino was allowed a header from Graham Dorrans corner which flew beyond Lukasz Fabianski. Hector Bellerin had the Gunners best chance to notch the winner, but with tired legs amounting to poor finishing in extra time, penalties would be the only way to separate the the two sides.

Once Reid and Bendnter converted their penalties, Arsenal saw their 18 year old German Gnabry miss his spot kick to give Albion an early advantage. Markus Rosenberg and James Morrison scored, with Kris Olsson for the Gunners, putting pressure on Albion’s Craig Dawson who hit his penalty wide of Fabianski’s post. Up stepped 17 year old Chuba Akpom to draw the Gunners level 3-3 on penalties, and when Morgan Amalfitano missed the target, Monreal made no mistake with a left footed beauty to set the Gunners up for a London derby at home to Chelsea late in October.