Arsene Wenger has never paid much attention this trophy which remains the final domestic frontier of his time in English management. Judging from the fact he swapped out the entire side that faced Newcastle for this game, you would suspect that he would find a way to sleep at night if this cup remains the one that got away.
From a West Ham perspective, the proximity of the bottom three in the league probably means the Cup was a distraction they can do without. But that would ignore the improvements in their league form which meant a tilt at a trophy, a sniff at something approaching glory, was still possible. In an otherwise miserable season, it is a shame that such excitements appear to count for very little.
That they went down without registering so much as a shot on target? It was actually quite embarrassing.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
ARSENAL: Ospina, Debuchy, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Coquelin (Da Silva 90min), Willock (Sheaf 84min), Elneny, Walcott, Giroud (Nelson 78min), Welbeck.
SUBS NOT USED: Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Macey, Nketiah
GOAL: Welbeck 43
WEST HAM: Hart, Rice, Reid, Ogbonna, Collins, Masuaku, Obiang, Cresswell (Carroll 65min), Ayew, Quina (Arnautovic 83min), Hernandez (Sakho 65min)
SUBS NOT USED: Zabaleta, Adrian, Haksabanovic, Makasi.
REFEREE: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)