Result: Arsenal 3 – 1 Brentford
Competition: Carabao Cup
Date: 26 September 2018
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Arsenal go through to the next round of the Carabao Cup with a win over Brentford at home. They were bright in the first half, leading 2-0, but allowed Brentford to get back into the game with a free kick midway through the second half. It was a nervy match from then on as Brentford raised the tempo but Arsenal substitute, Lacazette, scored in injury time to provide some much needed relief to Arsenal fans watching.
ARSENAL STARTING XI
The Arsenal team: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Welbeck
Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Smith Rowe, Iwobi, Welbeck
0′ – EYES ON SMITH ROWE
Just like with the Europa League, it’s another fairly experienced B team on the pitch with a young Emile Smith Rowe playing in midfield. He’s impressed in pre-season so we’re hoping he can seize his chance in the cups. Arsenal also welcome back Arsenal old boy, Nico Yennaris who captains the Brentford side.
1′ – LENO MISTAKE
A routine back pass to Leno almost turns into a nightmare as the ‘keeper mishandles the ball when receiving it to feet. The ball spins past his feet and looks like it was headed for the goal but slowly rolls out for a corner. Are all the ‘keepers this anxious on the ball?
4′ – ⚽ WELBECK SCORES! ARSENAL 1 – 0 BRENTFORD
Mkhitaryan plays a short corner to Guendouzi. The young Frenchman crosses in for Danny Welbeck who nods in a free header. A dream start for the Arsenal.
6′ – SMITH ROWE GOES CLOSE
The youngster latches on to a lobbed ball to spring past a Brentford high line. Unfortunately, he only manages to shoot into the side netting.
8′ – ELNENY THE PRESSING AGENT
Elneny is instigating the press for the team albeit from a deeper position. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Welbeck and Iwobi have also been active in the press and have been playing at a good intensity.
14′ – HOLDING BLOCK
A chipped ball over the Arsenal defence leaves the team scampering but Holding gets back just in time to block a shot on goal by Watkins.
17′ – MKHITARYAN MISS
A one-two between Mkhitaryan and Iwobi sees the former shin the ball when trying to receive the ball at pace. A better first touch would have seen the Armenian through for a second goal of the match.
18′ – PENALTY CALL
Iwobi receives a tackle in the box but calls for a penalty is waved off. Unlucky.
25′ – GUENDOUZI INJURY SCARE
The young Frenchman looks to have twisted his ankle in an awkward challenge with Yennaris. He walks quite gingerly after wincing in pain on the ground.
27′ – YELLOW CARD LICHTSTEINER
The Swiss international goes into the book for a cynical push on Canos in a duel for the ball.
34′ – HOLDING BAILS OUT MUSTAFI
Mustafi falls too easily while jockeying his opponent and allows him to go through on goal. Holding swoops in to provide the block as the last man.
35′ – YELLOW CARD, KONSA
The Brentford man trips Lichtsteiner to earn himself a yellow.
36′ – ⚽ WELBECK WITH A SECOND! ARSENAL 2 – 0 BRENTFORD
A beautiful team goal starts with some passes from deep. Mkhitaryan receives the ball deep in his half and dances past Brentford players before passing to Iwobi who slips in an overlapping Monreal. Monreal then squares it to an unmarked Welbeck who taps in for a simple finish.
HALF TIME: ARSENAL 2 – 0 BRENTFORD
Arsenal lead thanks to 2 goals by Danny Welbeck. The team has looked bright throughout and are deserving of the lead. The double pivot in midfield has also been industrious with Elneny coordinating the play in the centre very well.
46′ – SO CLOSE FOR WELBECK
Iwobi snuck past his defender to pull in a low cross for Welbeck. A last ditch cross by a Brentford defender denies Welbeck from a hat-trick.
47′ – MKHITARYAN CHANCE
Lichtsteiner lobs a ball in after a short corner was played. Mkhitaryan times his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and receive the ball. His attempt on goal is saved by the ‘keeper.
49′ – IWOBI GOES CLOSE
More scintillating build up play by the game. Iwobi receives the ball just outside the penalty box and lashes it on goal. The shot goes just over the bar. Arsenal have turned up the pressure in the second half.
51′ – BRENTFORD CHANCE
Canos finds some space outside the penalty box and shoots for the corner but it goes just wide.
53′ – SMITH ROWE CROSS/SHOT
Another good break by Arsenal. Smith Rowe is in acres of space on the left but his indecision to either cross or shoot results in neither as he skies it for a goal kick.
57′ – ⚽ GOAL BRENTFORD
Guendouzi concedes a needless free kick outside the penalty box. Judge scores a delightful curler from the free kick to get back into the game.
58′ – CANOS GOES CLOSE
The winger finds space on the inside left and goes close with his attempt. Arsenal are rattled and have lost some of their shape and composure. The momentum is with Brentford.
62′ – YELLOW CARD, WELBECK
A poor tackle by Welbeck as he swipes at air when trying to win back the ball. Mike Dean sees it as a dangerous tackle and books the striker.
63′ – SUBSTITUTION
Lacazette comes on for Smith Rowe. Emery is looking to put this game to bed.
65′ – BRENTFORD CHANCE
Judge attempts another shot from the outside of the box but Leno saves comfortably. Brentford are starting to find gaps in the Arsenal final third.
70′ – MONREAL HEADER SAVED
A brilliant reflex save by Brentford ‘keeper, Daniels, to keep out a Monreal header from close range.
75′ – SUBSTITUTION
Torreira comes on for Mkhitaryan in an attempt to beef up the midfield. This sees Elneny pushed forward.
76′ – BRENTFORD CHANCE
Brentford shifts the ball nicely around the Arsenal third. Barbet strikes from distance but Leno saves the attempt.
80′ – OOOHHH
Lichtsteiner shoots from distance but it hits Lacazette on route to goal. Elneny picks up the rebound but his cross is blocked for a corner.
83′ – SUBSTITUTION
Aaron Ramsey comes on for Elneny.
86′ – LACAZETTE FIRES WIDE
A flurry of one-twos between Lacazette and Ramsey ends with the Frenchman shooting far and wide under pressure by a Brentford defender.
88′ – CALLS FOR PENALTY
Barbet falls around the edge of the box when sandwiched between 2 Arsenal defenders. He calls for a penalty but it’s not given.
90 + 3′ – ⚽ LACAZETTE! ARSENAL 3 – 1 BRENTFORD
A late skirmish finds Lacazette sealing the win with a stoppage time strike. He has been poor since coming on but his superior talents help put the game to bed.
FULL TIME: ARSENAL 3 – 1 BRENTFORD
The second half was a much nervier affair with Brentford equalizing through an excellent free kick. The away team had their tails up and made it tough for Arsenal but the Gunners held out for a win and even scored in injury time. On to the next round.