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Arsenal 3-1 Brentford: Danny Welbeck double fires Gunners through
Last Updated: 26/09/18 10:09pm
Danny Welbeck's double fired Arsenal to a 3-1 victory over Brentford and into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The England striker scored twice in the first half at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to put the Gunners on course, although the Championship side rallied well after the break and pulled a goal back through Alan Judge's fine free-kick.
However, last year's finalists, playing under Unai Emery in the Carabao Cup for the first time, sealed the game in stoppage time when substitute Alexandre Lacazette raced through to fire home.
Emile Smith Rowe made his first start for Arsenal as Unai Emery made nine changes from the victory over Everton on Sunday, while Moses Odubajo made his second debut for Brentford following his return to the club.
It took until just the fifth minute for Welbeck to give Arsenal the lead. Matteo Guendouzi played a short corner before whipping the ball into the box, and Welbeck rose highest to head home his third goal of the season.
The Gunners continued to dominate and Welbeck added his second after 37 minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan found Alex Iwobi on the left, he then rolled the ball into the path of the overlapping Nacho Monreal, whose low cross into the middle presented Welbeck with the simplest of tasks to slot in from six yards.
Brentford could have folded in the second half but instead they responded brilliantly, taking the game right to Arsenal and pulling a goal back just before the hour mark.
Arsenal: Leno (6), Lichsteiner (6), Holding (6), Mustafi (6), Monreal (7), Elneny (6), Guendouzi (7), Mkhitaryan (6), Smith Rowe (5), Iwobi (6), Welbeck (8)
Subs: Ramsey (n/a), Lacazette (6), Torreira (n/a)
Brentford: Daniels (6), Odubajo (6), Jeanvier (6), Konsa (6), Barbet (7). Yennaris (6), Mokotjo (6), Judge (7), Canos (6), Sawyers (6), Watkins (5)
Subs: Maupay (n/a), Benrahma (n/a), Dalsgaard (n/a)
Man of the match: Danny Welbeck
Moses Odubajo, making his second debut for the Bees, won a free-kick right on the edge of the area and Judge stepped up to swing a peach of an effort over the wall and just inside the post.
Brentford boss Dean Smith threw on top scorer Neal Maupay in an attempt to find an equaliser, but Arsenal eventually killed the game off in the third minute of added time as Lacazette burst through a tired Bees defence to slam the ball into the bottom corner.
- Arsenal's Danny Welbeck became the first Premier League player to score in three different club competitions this season (Premier League, League Cup and Europa League).
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 31 home League Cup ties against sides from outside the top-flight.
Man of the match - Danny Welbeck
Welbeck has been used sparingly in the Premier League this season but he has been in fine form when called upon. The striker only had two real opportunities and took them both confidently to make the difference on the night.
Arsenal host Watford in the Premier League at 3pm on Saturday, while Brentford host Reading at the same time in the Sky Bet Championship