Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Luiz, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock, Saka, Pepe, Nelson, Nketiah
Subs: Runarsson, Bellerin, Saliba, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willian, Lacazette
Arsenal made it through to the 4th round of the Carabao Cup as an own goal from Christian Fuchs and one from Eddie Nketiah gave us a 2-0 win against Leicester at the King Power stadium this evening.
Mikel Arteta picked an experienced side, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny, David Luiz and Bernd Leno all starting, with William Saliba and Alex Runarsson on the bench. There was no place in the squad for Mesut Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi.
Both sides had good chances in the opening minutes, Reiss Nelson’s goalbound effort was tipped over by Ward, and a couple of minutes later Iheanacho was sent behind the Arsenal defence but saw his attempt blocked by the feet of Leno.
The game settled down a bit afterwards, Elneny picking up a 13th minute yellow card, and a low Saka cross caused problems for Leicester but neither Nketiah or Willock could apply the final touch.
Gray fired over for the home side, and Arsenal thought they should have had a penalty when Saka was clearly bundled over in the box but the referee pointed for a goal kick, the twat. Ward saved again from Nelson after a good break, and when the ball broke to the winger again from a corner, he shot wide from 12 yards out when he should have hit the target.
Luiz required some treatment when he got flattened by Leno, and the Arsenal keeper could only look on when James Maddison clipped the ball over the German only to see it bounce back off the post and into Leno’s arms.
There were no changes at half-time from either manager, and Maddison had the first effort of the second half but blasted over. Gray also shot high and wide, and when Ward made a mistake with a clearance, the ball just wouldn’t sit down for Eddie in the Leicester box.
In the 57th minute Arsenal went ahead in somewhat scrappy circumstances. Pepe was involved, driving into the Leicester box, he had a cross which was blocked by the keeper, then got to the rebounded which came off the post then off Fuchs into his own net. 0-1.
A long period of not much happening happened, before both sides made changes with Willian replacing Nelson, and Praet coming on for Maddison in in the 72nd minute. Wes Morgan clearing off the line from Nketiah’s lob prevented the Gunners from doubling the lead, before Dani Ceballos came on to replace the enterprising Joe Willock.
Leicester should have equalised after Willian gave away a silly free kick, and from the resulting delivery substitute Perez got away from Kolasinac but headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Praet then shot well wide, and Mikel Arteta made his final change with three minutes to go, bringing on Hector Bellerin for Saka.
The Spaniard played his part in sealing the tie in the 90th minute. He broke through the Leicester defence, skipped past a couple of defenders and found Nketiah whose first effort seemed to be blocked but reacted quickest to poke the ball home. 0-2.
The Gunners now face the winners of the tie between Lincoln City and Liverpool which takes place tomorrow.