Manchester City would have hoped to secure their semi-final place in different fashion after knocking out Leicester City following a penalty shootout. With four games to play between now and January 2nd, the 120 minutes of play for the heavily rotated squad is less then ideal for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Leicester were left playing catch-up for the remainder of the game.
Deep into stoppage time Demarai Gray was brought down in the box by City defender Kyle Walker with a challenge deemed worthy of a penalty, which was converted by Jamie Vardy which forced extra time.
No winner was found at the end of 120 minutes despite both teams having chances to win the game. All the pressure was on Riyad Mahrez who needed to score to keep Leicester’s hopes alive following Vardy’s miss but it wasn’t to be with Claudio Bravo saving his second for the shootout.
Arsenal also secured a semi-final place, their first in six years with Danny Welbeck’s first half strike being enough to eliminate the struggling West Ham who only managed one shot for the game.
With rotation’s ahead of this busy period at the forefront of Arsene Wenger’s mind, he fielded an entirely different starting eleven to the one who turned out against Newcastle on the weekend.
Sead Kolasinac also returned to left back after being left out of Arsenal’s lineup for the past two weeks. After given a start along the likes of Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin who all looked to reclaim their spot in the Premier League Lineup, it wasn’t all good news for Olivier Giroud who pulled up lame with early reports of a hamstring injury.