Arsenal netted three goals in a 3-0 thrashing of Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal hope to be back to winning ways in their 3-0 home win over Wimbledon, with goals from Alexandre Lacazette (11′), Emile Smith-Rowe (77′) and Eddie Nketiah (80′).
Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the much-changed Gunners, who took the opportunity to give new players game time, when he converted from the penalty spot after Gabriel Martinelli had been brought down.
However the Gunners were made to wait in seeking a second goal, and the League One visitors defended strongly. It was not until the 77th minute that substitute Emile Smith-Rowe finally turned home a loose ball, and only minutes after Nketiah back-heeled a ball in a moment of brilliance to seal the victory.
The win is Arsenal’s third in a row in all competitions, and ensures they maintain their momentum ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham at the weekend.
Afterwards, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “As long as we were 1-0 up, they were obviously still in the game and any situation like a set-piece, you can concede a goal, so we knew that we had to close the game down. We did that at the end and it looked comfortable, but it was always a tough game”.
“To have 50,000 fans in the Carabao Cup on a Wednesday night is pretty special and it doesn’t happen in many places. The players notice that and obviously that raises the level of demands. They made the night more special”.