Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, Holding, White, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah
Subs: Ramsdale, Tavares, Chambers, Lokonga, Partey, Saka, Salah-Eddine, Lacazette, Balogun
Arsenal made it through the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after a 2-0 win over Leeds in the Carabao Cup Round of 16.
Mikel Arteta made a number of changes from the squad which beat Aston Villa 3-1 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel all rested.
The Gunners were quite bright in the early stages, Kolasinac with the first effort on goal in the 10th minute after Maitland-Niles’ pace caused the Leeds defence problems.
Nketiah’s nice turn in midfield could have created more danger but for a heavy second touch, Pepe shot over after working space for the attempt, while Leno did well to get there as Dan James went through on goal – much to the displeasure of Mikel Arteta.
Harrison had the visitor’s first real threat, firing in a powerful shot which Leno did well to save at his near post, and the German was called into action again from a corner when James shot saw him make a routine stop.
Roberts picked up a booking for a foul on White, then from a break from an Arsenal corner, curled a shot wide. A corner late in the half was cleared but eventually resulted in a half-chance for Smith Rowe which he fired wide, and the teams went in level at the break.
Leeds made a half-time change, bringing on Klich for Forshaw, and seven minutes into an uneventful second period, they made another when Gelhardt replaced Roberts. Arsenal were then forced into a sub of their own when Ben White went down and had to be taken off, Calum Chambers coming on.
The sub had an immediate impact, Pepe headed a corner back across goal, Chambers headed the ball down and over the line with his first touch, and although the keeper looked to have made a save, the ball had crossed the line. 1-0.
Leeds made another change, Cooper coming for Llorente, Nketiah had a shot after good build up but it was an easy save for the keeper. Pepe saw a shot deflected, James and Harrison had attempts for Leeds, before the lead was doubled. Nketiah was quick to react to a header back to the keeper, he took a touch, took it around him, and almost missed it from a yard out, but saw his effort creep in at the far post. 2-0.
Leeds brought on their final two subs, including former Arsenal youth player Sam Greenwood, while Arteta replaced Smith Rowe and Elneny with Lacazette and Lokonga in the 72nd minute. Nuno Tavares then had to come on in place of Holding who looked like he’d cramped, perhaps having not played a lot of late.
Leeds looked like a team who knew the game was up, and the final stages played out in that fashion. Lacazette fired over after robbing Phillips and making a shooting chance, and in terms of goalscoring attempts that was that from an Arsenal perspective, although Gelhardt shot wide for Leeds in injury time.
In the end, the Gunners were probably decent value for the win, and a place in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.