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Arsenal vs West Brom Carabao Cup kick-off time, TV details and team news

The Gunners are in unfamiliar territory as they prepare to face the Championship side in the second round of this year’s competition

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“Hopefully things will get better” – Arteta on Chelsea defeat

Arsenal have endured a torrid start to the new season.

Mikel Arteta’s side first lost to Premier League newcomers Brentford before being swatted aside by London rivals Chelsea last weekend.

Throw in the scrutiny over the Gunners’ transfer dealings and it’s fair to say Arteta and his players are in need of a morale-boosting win.

They could do with it coming in their latest assignment, which sees them compete in the second round of the EFL Cup for the first time since 1995.

That’s because they failed to qualify for Europe last season, hence their inclusion at this early stage of a competition they have reached the final of eight times but won only twice.







They come up against a West Bromwich Albion side that has adapted nicely to life back in the Championship. They are unbeaten in four and sit second in the table, on goal difference.

Ahead of the game, here is all you need to know

When and where is it?

The match takes place at the Hawthorns on Wednesday, August 25. Kick-off is 8pm.



The Hawthorns hosts the second round EFL Cup tie




How can I watch it?

The match is being shown live on Sky Sports Football . Highlights are on Quest at 10.30pm.

Match odds

Thepools.com chalk up the Baggies at 15/4 to seal a surprise win. Arsenal are priced at 4/6 favourites.

The draw, which would see the game go straight to penalties, is 14/5.

Early team news

The Baggies will have to do without on-loan defender Matt Clarke (hamstring)

Manager Valerien Ismael said: “We received yesterday the information that he will miss a lot of games – five to six weeks. We need to deal with the situation. It’s bad news for us, but it is what it is.”

As for Arsenal, Arteta could hand debuts to new signings Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard.



Aaron Ramsdale could make his Arsenal bow




Ramsdale did not play for previous club Sheffield United in this competition earlier this season, and therefore is eligible to feature against the Baggies.

However, Ben White (Covid) and Gabriel Magalhaes (knee) are both out.

Competition history

As mentioned, Arsenal have reached eight finals in this competition but have only been successful twice.

The first was in 1987 and the most recent win was in 1993.



Paul Merson celebrates winning the League Cup with Arsenal in 1993




They have lost six finals with their latest setback coming in 2018 when Manchester City, who have had a stranglehold on the EFL Cup, beat them 3-0.

As for Albion, their solitary League Cup win was back in 1966. They have since lost two finals, in 1967 and 1970.

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