Arsenal set up a mouth-watering tie with Chelsea after they beat West Brom 4-3 on penalties in their Captial One Cup clash on on Wednesday night. The game ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Having not been dumped out at this stage of the tournament in the last 11 years, the young Gunners were not about to change that but they were pushed the distance by the Baggies.
Chances were hard to come by in what was a hard-fought 120 minutes of action at the Hawthorns - with Thomas Eisfeld netting for Arsenal before Saido Berahino equalised.
Arsenal almost got off to a disastrous start in the sixth minute with Carl Jenkinson almost turning the ball into his wn net after a mix up at the back.
Manager Arsene Wenger fielded a much-changed side with captain Thomas Vermaelen making his first start of the season while striker Nicklas Bendtner was given a chance uprfront.
Arsenal managed just two shots off target in the first period while Steven Reid clipped the crossbar for the home side.
Goals finally arrived after the break with Eisfeld controlling a pass well before producing a cool finish before Berahino responded 10 minutes later for West Brom.
Neither side could find a winner in the dying minutes and resulting extra-time - though Bendtner was played clean through and failed to get a shot off while West Brom finish extra-time the stronger of the two sides.
It came down to penalties and the Gunners held their nerve despite being the first to miss a spot-kick as they progressed to the fourth round.
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