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What the EFL Trophy 'B teams' mean for Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham joined Brighton, Everton, Fulham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers in fielding teams against League One and League Two opponents.

Whether you call it the Checkatrade Trophy, the English Football League Trophy or simply the EFL Trophy, England's third-tier domestic cup has become a contentious competition for some in the game.

Since 2016, the annual knockout tournament has welcomed in 'B teams' from clubs higher up the divisions that Category One status academies.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham will also continue to play in the competition - but what have been the benefits to these four clubs so far?

Critics claim it is an attempt to bring in a B team system through the backdoor, forever changing the Football League and corrupting a 37-year-old national cup competition.

The EFL Trophy was close to being unqualified success for Arsenal last season.

In the 2019/20 season, Liverpool and Manchester United will also been invited to send youth teams to play for the trophy, alongsie Aston Villa and Norwich City.
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