Two Arsenal players have been named in the League Cup Team of the Tournament, even though the final hasn’t yet been played.
For some reason, the official Carabao Cup Twitter account has already named their Team of the Tournament, ahead of the final between Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday.
Nicolas Pepe and Cedric Soares won’t be complaining, as they’ve both earned a place in the side, which was determined by WhoScored ratings.
With an 8.7 WhoScored rating for the current League Cup campaign, Pepe is the highest-rated player in the entire team.
The winger scored twice and assisted four goals in his three League Cup appearances this campaign, and Arsenal were eventually eliminated during his AFCON absence.
Cedric was rated 7.6, which is still only 0.1 off the highest-rated defender at the tournament.
The right-back provided a couple of assists in his own four appearances (three starts) before injury struck him down in the first leg of the semi-final. Arsenal kept three clean sheets in his four games in the defence.
The fact that neither player featured in the game where Arsenal were eventually eliminated probably helped both of their records remain untarnished.
Ahead of this season's Final, the Carabao Cup Team of the Tournament has been revealed!
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— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 26, 2022
The duo will hope to replicate that form in the final months of the Premier League season now.
To be fair to them both, they’ve each stepped up to the task in recent games, with Cedric filling in capably for Takehiro Tomiyasu and Pepe playing a starring role in Thursday’s win over Wolves.
The one player who will justifiably feel hard done by is Eddie Nketiah, who scored five goals in his first three appearances in the League Cup before his average rating was clearly dragged down by two brief substitute appearances against Liverpool.
Nketiah has a shot at finishing as joint-top scorer in the competition, along with Brentford’s Marcus Forss.
Takumi Minamino (four goals), and Diogo Jota (three goals) are among those who could overtake him in the final.
Anyone else would need to score at least four times to knock Nketiah off the top, which would be a cup final performance deserving of the top scorer spot!