Report: Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Arsenal progressed to the fourth round of the EFL Cup thanks to a 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest. Granit Xhaka opened the scoring, fellow summer signing Lucas Perez added a brace and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted at the death as the Gunners mix-and-match side enjoyed a comfortable evening on their first visit to the City Ground in 17 years.

As expected Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the team that started the win at Hull and raided the Academy to make up the numbers on the bench. Kieran Gibbs was given the honour of captaining the side.

The Gunners opened the scoring on 23 minutes courtesy of Granit Xhaka’s second thunderbolt in four days. The Swiss, who scored at Hull on Saturday, found the top corner with the aid of a slight deflection after taking aim from the best part of 30-yards. (1-0)

The Jeff nearly doubled the lead moments before half-time, his deft finish falling just wide of the Forest post after a lightning fast break involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the sharp Chuba Akpom.

The home side had been the brighter side in the opening stages but resorted to tough challenges as the visitors tightened the screw with slick combination play. Nicklas Bendtner was booked 15 minutes into his debut for a challenge on Xhaka while fellow ex-Gunner Henri Lansbury should have been cautioned for a foul on Gabriel. The Brazilian required treatment on his ankle.

Arsenal doubled their lead on the hour mark when Lucas Perez scored from the penalty spot. The Spaniard’s first goal as a Gunner came after Chuba Akpom had been felled by Michael Mancienne. (2-0)

Perez helped himself to his second goal of the evening on 70 minutes. After latching onto an Akpom through ball the Spaniard showed real strength to bundle the ball home under pressure. (3-0)

In the final ten minutes Akpom, The Jeff and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were replaced by Chris Willock, Gedion Zelalem and Krystian Bielik respectively and the travelling support sportingly gave old boy Bendtner a standing ovation when he too was substituted.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added further gloss with a tidy finish in injury-time. (4-0)

All in all, a fun night for the boys in grey and yellow.


Starting XI: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Xhaka, The Jeff, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom, Lucas

Subs: Macey, Bielik, Sheaf, Mavididi, Willock, Zelalem, Dasilva


 

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Mozilla
Mozilla

This time I might have to take Xhaka goal out for lunch…

KEN
KEN

Pure Class from the boys. Not all the players had a great game but somehow they all managed to contribute in a way and produce such a brilliant display. Arsene Wenger should be proud of his team and how far his younger crop have come. Maitland Niles credit to him for his display in RB a few defensive lessons and i think he could make that his new position and actually do a bellerin that was a very composed perfornance from him you could tell his loan did him well his grown up as a player. Gibbs had a fantastic game he was let down a few time by chuba who never tracks back and was slowing the play down a few times in the first half but somehow he manage to get an assist and contributed in winning the ok when he moved centrally…i think out of everyone who started he and the OX the first half were not so good. But they grew into the game in the second especially the OX for all the criticism he still showed why he gets criticized but also showed his quality in the end took his goal well. Xhaka! done no further comment. Elneny! boom no further comment. Adelaide wow that kid is class he was running the game like iwobi was against hull fantastic player he’ll break through this season no doubt. Perez good and will get even better took his goals very well and could have had even more. once he gets up to speed in understanding how arsenal play and his team mates he’ll be great. Holding fantastic that kid doesn’t play like he’s young at all. Gabriel did well too Martinez solid and the subs were okay Bielek looks class zalalem and willock could both do with a loan but they’ve definitely got the talent i’m looking forward to this crop of players coming through. Definitely a more exciting generation since wilshere coquelin generation.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Be considerate and warn your neighbors if you plan to bring home a screamer.

JJ's Bender
JJ's Bender

Brilliant!

Joblow
Joblow

I must say it has been a long time since i have seen the Arsenal control a game with such class and skill! You were great boys!

lol
lol

Especially with our main players like Ozil and Cazorla being rested. The Sheff Wednesday game comes to mind where our midfield was absolute wank. The addition of Xhaka and El Neny has given us the all important cover in the midfield.

Bob Davis

I hope he sticks with the same team for the next round. They all deserve to play!

Cas
Cas

That depends on the opponent, I think

Godfrey Twatschloch
Godfrey Twatschloch

May be a bit optimistic against Chelsea.

David M
David M

Perez: Bist first goal for the club since Xhaka

CB
CB

A penalty?

David M
David M

(I guess you missed the Arsecast extra…and the fact it is Arsenal goal the only first goal since Xhaka)

Wrighty's Gold Tooth
Wrighty's Gold Tooth

Are you from New Zealand?

Dustwolf83
Dustwolf83

I am!

Mesut
Mesut

*em

David M
David M

Aussie…lol

bist comeback eva though

Pearson
Pearson

Typical Perez goal, running like the wind fighting like the devil and finishing with aplomb.
Hope that is the first of many Perez goals he really fights like hell for the ball.
Perez and Alexis together should cause chaos for opposition defences

Gunnersaurus's Lover
Gunnersaurus's Lover

Look at that second goal from Lucas! Pure determination combined with pace and power. Think there is a lot to come from him

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Is it greedy of me to be disappointed he didn’t get a hatrick? That would have been such a brilliant way to kick-start things.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA
GunnerDareMACEDONIA

Now monkey is of his back, scoring two with brilliant second, now he can hit the ground running in the PL and CL, and not thinking of his first goal, after he scored the penalty you could see how much pressure was relived from him and started to playing much much better. Great assist also.

David M
David M

Hasn’t Mancienne fallen from grace. He was a big pile of steaming dog-turd in this game. 100% culpable on both Perez’ goals

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

He deserved a hatrick but I loved it when he was through on goal, chasing a hatrick but he still tried to pass to Akpom.

Remi vivas
Remi vivas

No!

Good Omens
Good Omens

As he ran onto it, made space for himself (behind the ball and player) took a touch, muscled a defender off, pushed it past the keeper and held everyone off to twack it into the net both my brother and I turned to one another and said ”Ian Wright”. If he can be half as good, then we have a player for sure. I loved the determination on show in that goal.

CB
CB

Perez looking good.

Easy peasy overall.

Thomas
Thomas

Admit it. We all wanted that TGSTEL goal to happen.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

Not when I saw it was Martinez in goal, I really wanted him to get a clean sheet. Ospina, who I assumed would play, wouldn’t care about a garbage goal.

Granit(e) hard!
Granit(e) hard!

Naah!, i like the guy, and want him to do well….but not when playing against us.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

You know what, I’m actually going to agree with you. After we were 3 or 4 goals up of course. TGSTEL was an unbelievably frustrating player for us, but he was also a real character – and that is a dwindling species. There are lots of pedestrian players who come and go and you don’t even. How can you forget Bendtner ever if you lived through that period as an Arsenal fan?? Him scoring tonight would have been a sweet end to the story and would have rolled back the years. Admittedly those weren’t GOOD years, but they were part of the life of an Arsenal fan.

Arky
Arky

If Bendtner had taken a halfway decent first touch on that pass from Wilshere against Barca and then finished one on one with the keeper, he would have been a legend at Arsenal and a number of careers would have been different. But he didn’t, and I think his Arsenal career was more or less cooked after that.

Poster
Poster

Agreed ad infinitum..if only though…

Bob
Bob

I love it when we win.

Timo
Timo

Lovely goals, going to really enjoy Lucas doing that kind of thing in the PL

Good for the Ox too, it’s clearly mental issues keeping him from his potential – every win like that should help

David M
David M

He needed that goal so bad. He kinda struggled otherwise. Again some bad touches. His first touch has been really off this year. But hopefully that goal can right the ship, because that is the type of play we have all been hoping to see more of

PFo
PFo

Yeah, Ox struggled up to a point, about midway through the second half (even then, he had some nice moments mixed in with the kind of glaring errors that have typified his performances of late and clearly stem from confidence issues). But I thought he started to look really strong near the end as Forest tired and after he was switched out to the right flank. E.g. he had a great run and pass to give Lucas a great chance for the hat trick. And his goal wasn’t just well-taken; the creation of the chance itself was completely down to his clever movement and running. Clearly his best position is out there on the right. I’m surprised he didn’t start out there, with the Jeff playing as a 10, as I think that would have suited both their games better. But I guess the Ox got the central role due to seniority. All in all, a really satisfying performance, and for Lucas and the Ox in particular, hopefully it will give them an injection of confidence that will allow them to kick on.
It’s refreshing to see the squad with such strength in depth!

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

I love our away fans.

Paul
Paul

When they went from 25 “hurrahs” to a “shoot” when Xhaka got the ball, was so fucking funny and impressive!
*doffs cap…

Tom thumb
Tom thumb

Perfect result, xhaka showing future opponents they can’t sit off us any more or he’ll bury one top corner, and perez off the mark, good performances from akpom an the jeff too

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Best we’ve played all season

Goat
Goat

So many B E A utiful Dribbles!

Paul
Paul

After the start from Ox I thought this was the end for him, lost all confidence etc etc.. What mental strength he showed to carry on and end it like that!!
Small steps Alex well done!

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Is Xhaka just going to do this every match? Bloody brilliant, it almost doesn’t matter if he doesn’t do anything else.

Also , wish that Carryon chap had scored at the end. I had my “Carryon, Carryon, it doesn’t really matter” line all ready. Damn reality for not fitting into my joke.

Paul
Paul

Call me crazy, but I was very happy for the clean sheet for our EFL Cup team, rather than song line stuff?? 🙂

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Clean sheets are overrated. Whereas, my joke…..
Ok before you start thinking I’m being serious, let’s all move on.

Paul
Paul

🙂

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

“Nothing really matters…”?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

2 goals plus assist for lucas, and another screamer for xhaka. v nice

Dial Square Charity XI
Dial Square Charity XI

Lansbury morphing into Bendtner…

mike
mike

The Jeff and Akpom impressed for me, as did all of our back 4.

El Neny and the Ox were pretty bad until the second goal.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

We must have been watching different games, I thought El Neny ran the show. Agree about the Ox though. Hope he kicks on.

SH
SH

I enjoyed the sexual favour but I wish it went on a little longer. 4-0 win man, just enjoy it. Great team performance.

Archie198
Archie198

I though the ox had a decent game considering his recent performances, a umber of times he had the NF defence scrambling and could of had a couple of assists. Hes at his best taking on players just outside the penalty box.

Paul
Paul

Are you pissed Mike? 🙂

Mein Bergkampf
Mein Bergkampf

Little thing, but has anyone noticed how we kick the ball a few metres away whenever we get a decision against us this season. Happened loads against Hull and again tonight. Wonder if Wenger has spotted a way to allow us a few extra seconds to reorganise.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA
GunnerDareMACEDONIA

Yes I notice that too, and not only tonight’s game and the hull, we started doing from the start of the season, and I also remember many times in the years when we didn’t do that on a trow in or a free-kick and the opposition playing it kick and we get punished, also I like that we were still doing it when we were winning 3-0, why to concede a goal.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

You can’t help but feel we upped our ‘cunty’ game this season a little bit with the addition of an oul bastard like Xhaka. It’s great.

Remi vivas
Remi vivas

I don’t like your name

Mein Bergkampf
Mein Bergkampf

I do. I think it’s an amusing play on words.

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot

Sorry, I’ll change it just for you.

yaya sanogo's wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube legs
yaya sanogo's wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube legs

I like it too

TexasGooner6

Can anyone answer me this: Why did we ever let go of Bendtner?

rochester
rochester

Because he had it all in his locker and left it in there far too often

Bennacer and the Jets
Bennacer and the Jets

To make room for the Jeff, the grove couldn’t withstand the heightened level of awesome of both of them

Paul
Paul

We didn’t let him go, his pants elastic snapped and the rest is history…:-)

XhakaNdrew
XhakaNdrew

We couldn’t find the Keys to the locker..

Godfrey Twatschloch
Godfrey Twatschloch

All that plus Wenger finally accepted that Arsenal could never compete with TGSTEL’s first love, taxis.

Frankie boy
Frankie boy

Got to be honest Xhaka is pretty impressive, this guy gets me moist… Always a decent pass never panics, always looking got a pass forward. shields the ball well…Plays with a wise head…. And a fucking lethal left foot……. Equals pure excitement….

Really enjoyed this match…. Was a great game to watch.

Amazing

Coyg

Ox in the Box
Ox in the Box

Lucas: 2 goals and 2 assists from 2 starts.

Pretty impresive. Panic buy? What panic buy? It might be Pogba you have in mind?

SH
SH

If you’d asked me before the game three players I wanted to score, it would have been that sexy trio. I bloody loves me some xhaka!

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell

Every time someone uses The Jeff I cringe and a little pieces for vomit slides up me throat.

Paul
Paul

You clearly have an issue there mate!

Omar Little
Omar Little

By my reckoning Omar already stuck many a chamber in your chest. If you persist with all your hating on The Jeff perhaps Omar should come pay you another visit.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I agree. He hasn’t earned the title ‘The’ yet.
Dennis didn’t just become ‘GOD’, he earned that title through divine work and inspiration.

Paul
Paul

He hasn’t earned the title, agreed.
But he is “The Jeff”.

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

You have mental issues.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Jazzy Jeff

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Fuck, no!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

lol

Godfrey Twatschloch
Godfrey Twatschloch

Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh TGSTEL

Bennacer and the Jets
Bennacer and the Jets

The Jeff makes you gag

NW Gooner
NW Gooner

Jeff We Can

Poster
Poster

The Jeff, The Jeff, The Jeff ^∞

My name is Jeff
My name is Jeff

Love the fact that almost all our starters rested, while Chelsea is having to play 120 minutes against Leicester.

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

I would have loved it even more if they lost. That DNA guy screwed it up, apparently.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

If only Costa can get red carded and Fabregas breaks his nose by breathing, the evening would be perfect.

C J
C J

this got me choking and spluttering like a chick on thumbzilla.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Omg

Murtem
Murtem

#BoomXhakaLuka

Darren
Darren

*fouled

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist

Xhaka plays with the swagger of a future Arsenal captain.

Twanny
Twanny

As long as Wenger doesn’t tame his game, absolutely.

Alex
Alex

Now imagine what the press would say if Pogba had done that twice in two games!!

Great performance, even if it was a game we should win. Some really pleasing signs from some of the lads, just what I wanted to see

Die Hard Gunner
Die Hard Gunner

What a comfortable win, keep it up boys, I really enjoyed the match. Oh! Xhaka, you beauty and i love me some Jeff. Onward and Upward. It’s about time Wenger add this Trophy to his collections as well as the Champions League. A man can dream!!!

RuminatingGooner
RuminatingGooner

Ooooof meh!!!

DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon

The future is bright!

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Think Akpom was great, so was Lucas and Elneny pulled the strings. And that Xhaka’s left foot, oof. We are forgeting how good Gibbs is. So many positives from tonight.
And, yeah…. super, super Nick…

CUULMIIKE
CUULMIIKE

I think Akpom was average other than the penalty win and assist I actually thought he and the OX in that firsr half were poor. But in the 2nd half they got better but both players were good and bad in patches mostly average.

santori
santori

Criticism of the Ox is RIDICULOUS.

Its the same sort of small mindedness that have seen Walcott and Ramsey and Coquelin and Campbell all told they were useless before they even hit 23yrs.

He does very good things in recent games, He is trying and putting in an effort too.

He’s only issue is the final touch is missing because he is too anxious to get it right.

This will give him a bit of confidence.

But some fans really have to get a reality check. Honestly.

All Dogs Go To Heaven
All Dogs Go To Heaven

This is perfect

Winning Gunner
Winning Gunner

Good game and the new boys hit the ground running. Anyone noticed that the blog disrespected the TGSTEL calling him old boy Bendtner. Where is the Lord before the name?

santori
santori

Granit cruise missile!

One every game will be lovely.

Not too much to ask for surely.

35m paid, and he shoots from 35.

Yet another great buy by Wenger. Ditto Mustafi, Ozil, Alexis.

Wenger has bought poorly like anyone but critically he tends not to spend high so he minises impact to the club and allows us to grow revenue.

When he has bought at premium, he has been SPOT ON.

You won’t hear the media bleating on about this.

😉

Timi
Timi

Thought el neny was class.

santori
santori

Again…lets see what those naysayers will be saying now.

All these people putting down players even before they have a chance to get acquainted with their new team.

Lucas is another well considered buy. He may not be first on the list but he has many very good attributes to bring to the team.

When it comes to buying Wenger is excellent. No surprise why many players are surreptitiously linked to us. Unfortunately the gullible (and there are many) then believe the press when they run a spurious article with “Arsenal fail to sign…” as we would because frankly we were not even in for many of these players linked.

For 17m Lucas is a very decent acquisition that can be employed wide but has made a demonstrable transition into the middle for a season with La Liga. He just needs a bit of time to get used to his teammates at the moment and the pace of the game.

Paul
Paul

I like Gibbs.

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

I like Gibbs too.

Remi vivas
Remi vivas

I also like Gibbs

Paul
Paul

My wife also likes Gibbs.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I like your wife

Rothi
Rothi

I like your wife too

C J
C J

My wife likes your wife.

Gibbs
Gibbs

I love you all!

NCGunner
NCGunner

Why are Nottingham Forrest’s fans such cunts? Is their ground just so small that every petty song gets picked up on the microphones?

CUULMIIKE
CUULMIIKE

SuperTom7 sounds like a disguised Akpom lol

C J
C J

the movement for Ox’s goal is dizzying.

dazzling stuff.

Goon
Goon

Lucas has a Sanchez like hunger about him. Still finding his feet but his interplay looks good. I’d like to see him start against Chelsea. I feel less worried about player fatigue this season with our squad size. Also, holding looks a real prospect.

Paul
Paul

I am excited about Holding.

Arigoon
Arigoon

I am excited about Holding too.

The Doff
The Doff

I am also excited about Holding.

heroku_arsenal
heroku_arsenal

My wife likes Holding.

Ponsonby gooner
Ponsonby gooner

I like holding your wife

Hypnotoad
Hypnotoad

I am excited about holding his wife

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

See what you’ve started here …

Paul
Paul

Yep sorry! 🙂

BigTA78
BigTA78

Through to the next round. First choices rested whilst Chel$ea played more of their first teamers for an 120 minutes. No excuses for Saturday. Let’s be ‘avin’ ya!

Corona X
Corona X

On my stream, an Arabic one, Willock’s name was spelled “Wilcock” when he came on!
Am I the only one who saw it (not including my ManUtd supporting friend, whom while I was shouting “Look, Willock, finally” told me that I need to learn the names of our youngsters) 😛

Muchadoaboutnot
Muchadoaboutnot

Nice and easy controlled win like a walk in the park or something.

Mark
Mark

I always look forward to these cup matches in which the young players get a chance to play with some veterans mixed in to guide them. Really was big having a veteran central midfield trio in Xhaka, Elneny and Ox along with Perez up top. Loved the energy we played with and the poise the youngsters showed (those that came in too).

Elneny and Xhaka make a great pairing in my opinion as both are so active and seemed to cover one another well. I hope Elneny will get his chances this year as well as he has much to offer.

Was nice to see Gabriel back in action, what a luxury now for us to have four capable CDs (not matter what some may think about Gabriel his is experienced and capable to come in when needed).

rmpauden
rmpauden

Whoever said this match had an old scholl feel to it was spot on. Lots reserve players with big potential with a sprinkling of first teamers, kicking the shit out of a Championship team, crazy ass bench. Wow..I am a happy Gooner 2day? And the Xhaka goal..what a beauty☺

rmpauden
rmpauden

Watching the goals again. I.m loving how Lucas just shoves the defender who fell oon top of him away..like get the fuck off me dude. Bit of attitude there..nice. And the Ox goal is brilliant

Kieran
Kieran

Yet another high scoring game for the gunners,sure hope this form continues for the game against chelsea this weekend.