After a rather easy draw to begin Chelsea's League Cup campaign, the difficulty level ramps up considerably with a fourth round trip away to Arsenal. While the Gunners played a very young and inexperienced lineup in today's win (on penalty kicks) at West Bromwich Albion, Arsene Wenger will probably opt for a bit more experience next month.
Chelsea last met Arsenal in this competition in 2007 and it just so happened to be the final. We had Didier Drogba, they had Philippe Senderos. Needless to say, we won.
The fixture list in full for the fourth round, set to be played on October 29th & 30th:
Southampton vs. Sunderland
Leicester City vs. Fulham
Birmingham City vs. Stoke City
Manchester United vs. Norwich City
Burnley vs. West Ham United
Arsenal vs. Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City
It's safe to say that we got the toughest draw although with only three non-Premiership teams left in the competition, any away draw would've posed a decent challenge. As it stands, Mourinho will get to resume his grudge matches with Wenger a bit earlier than what the initial Premier League schedule called for and just a few days after facing Manchester City at the Bridge.