Grant Xhaka opens the scoring for Arsenal
Grant Xhaka opens the scoring for Arsenal

Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 4-0 in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup at the City Ground tonight.

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the team that won 4-1 against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Grant Xhaka, Lucas Perez (2) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were enough to send the Gunners safely into the next round of the competition.

Former Gunners Henri Lansbury and Nicklas Bendtner started for the home side. Both picked up bookings against their former side.

Bendtner had a lively start setting up a chance that Kasami sent wide of the goal with Martinez beaten. He then went in the book for a late challenge on Granit Xhaka, before flashing a shot across the Arsenal goal that went narrowly wide.

Both sets of supporters observed a minutes applause in remembrance of former Forest manager Brian Clough, who passed away 12 years ago today.

The Gunners opened the scoring with another long-range effort in the 23rd minute from Granit Xhaka. He repeated his strike at Hull on Saturday with another 35 yard effort.  His shot took a slight deflection off Chris Cohen and keeper Stojkovic couldn’t keep the ball out of the net.

Forest responded positively to going behind. Dumitru shot over for the bar from inside the box in the 36th minute.

Rob Holding was booked for fouling Kasami as Forest counter attacked.  From the resultant free kick Kasami saw his shot deflected behind for a corner, which Arsenal cleared.

At the other end in the 43rd minute Mohamed Elneny tried to replicate his midfield partner, but his effort from 35 yards flew off target.

Bendtner continued to threaten at the start of the 2nd half. He was played in down the left in the 47th minute, but dragged his shot wide.

Lucas Perez had the chance to open his goal-scoring account in the 50th minute, but his 20-yard free-kick was comfortably saved by Stojkovic.

He didn’t have long to wait for his first Arsenal goal.

Chuba Akpom was fouled in the penalty area by Mancienne in the 60th minute.

It was the Gunners’ fifth penalty of the season.

Lucas sent the penalty hard and low past Stojkovic into the net.

He then grabbed his second goal of the night cutting in from the left and showing great strength to hold of the Forest defenders, before slipping the ball into the net.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a fourth Arsenal goal in injury time.  Cutting in from the right and firing low into the net.

So the Gunners advance in a competition that Arsene Wenger has never won, with the draw for the next round being made after tomorrow night’s remaining 3rd round fixtures.

Martinez, Maitland-Niles (Bielik), Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide (Zelalem), Akpom (Willock), Lucas

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