Welbeck and Lacazette down plucky Brentford in Carabao Cup clash
Sixth win on the bounce for Unai Emery's Arsenal
26 September, 2018 — By Tom Foot
ARSENAL 3 (Welbeck 5 & 37, Lacazette 90+3)
BRENTFORD 1 (Judge 58)
Another week, another hard fought win for Unai Emery’s transitioning Arsenal side.
A first half brace from Danny Welbeck and an injury time goal Alexandre Lacazette wrapped up the tie.
But Brentford gave the Gunners a scare in a blistering 10 minute spell scoring a spectacular free kick following by a succession of chances.
After manager manager Unai Emery said: “We are good, we are happy. This 90 minutes will help the players continuing improving. Tactically Brentford were very, very good. In the first half our pressing was very good. “Danny is working every day, such commitment from him. He has more chance to play first in the next match after a performance like this.”
Rail delays and strike action were blamed for the Emirates stadium being just a fifth full for most of the first half. The Championship side’s fans had managed to get to the ground however and had packed out the full away allocation. They were singing loud until Danny Welbeck struck early on.
The England striker headed powerfully past Luke Daniels from a Matteo Guendouzi cross on 5 minutes.
Welbeck grabbed a second on 37 minutes tapping in from close range after a pacy counter attack involving five players.
Henrik Mkhitaryan had some shocking touches in the first half and at times looked irritable and disinterested.
Brentford came out in the second half all guns blazing and deservedly grabbed one back through a stunning free kick from Alan Judge. The visitors following it up with three decent chances. Suddenly all the momentum was with the west Londonders.
Manager Unai Emery threw on Alexandre Lacazette for Emile Rowe Smith around the hour mark. The 18 year old – in his first first-team start – showed some flashes of brilliance but in the end nothing quite clicked for him. Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey also came on showing how much trouble Brentford were causing.
Deep in injury time, Lacazette’s strength got him in one on one and he steered the ball across the keeper and into the far corner.
A decent win and the sixth on the bounce now for the new manager.
The fourth round draw is on Saturday at 9pm.
Leno, Monreal, Holding, Mustafi, Lichtensteiner, Elneny (Ramsey 83), Guendouzi, Iwobi, Smith Rowe (Lacazette 62), Mkhitaryan (Torreira 75), Welbeck.
Subs not used: Bellerin, Martinez, Kolasanic, Nketiah.
Daniels, Odubajo, Canos, Yennaris, Watkins, Mokotjo, Judge, Sawyers, Jeanvier, Konsa, Barnet.
Subs: Bentley, Macleod, Mepham, Maupay, McEachran, Benrahma, Dalsgaard.