A point to prove for some of the fringe players
This is the main purpose of the Capital One Cup. To give some of the youngsters and the fringe players an opportunity to prove their worth to their managers. For Spurs, it was mainly the defensive players who had a point to prove. They ran a pretty tight ship at the back for most of the time. Danny Rose always looked like a constant threat on the left flank whenever he bombed forward. Even in midfield, the youngster Tom Carroll was keeping things tidy and making some incisive passes into the feet of Harry Kane.
Whereas for Arsenal, there were a number of players who wanted to show the level of their game to the gaffer. Joel Campbell for instance, had his first start of the season. He played quite decently, but never really got as much time and space on the ball as he’d have hoped, but whenever he did get the ball, he retained possession really well for Arsenal with some intelligent play. He even stuck in into tackles when it was required.
Calum Chambers, another youngster, had something to prove after the terrible showing against Liverpool earlier in the season. Apart from the own goal that he conceded, which was a clear result of inexperience and miscommunication, he had a pretty decent game overall, with plenty of interceptions and clearances. He should be pleased with his performance. Also, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy who have fallen down the pecking order as first team starters, looked pretty solid at the back. It’s a nice headache for Arsene Wenger to have, to choose a starting line-up every week from a group of players with such immense quality.