Lucas Perez shine as Arsenal cruised into the fourth round

Lucas scored his first goals for the club as the Gunners cruised into the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a 4-0 victory at Nottingham Forest.

Lucas Perez shine as Arsenal  cruised into the fourth round

Despite making 11 changes to the team, Arsenal delivered a slick, confident display at the City Ground, with Chuba Akpom and Jeff Reine-Adelaide catching the eye.

But it was Granit Xhaka – fresh from his Hull howitzer – who opened the scoring as he once again took aim from 35 yards, and this time saw his strike take a deflection and find the top corner.

It was the club’s 400th goal in the League Cup, and there was another milestone to follow after the restart as Lucas slotted home a penalty for his first in an Arsenal shirt.

Former Gunner Nicklas Bendtner had been the focus of much of the pre-match attention, but it was a new Arsenal striker who was determined to take the headlines – and how Lucas did it.

His second goal was simply superb, as he chased down a ball he had no right to win, before beating two men and poking the ball into the empty net.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was rewarded for an excellent individual display when he raced through in injury time to make it four.

It capped off a fine night for Arsène Wenger’s side, who maintain the feelgood factor that has slowly been building ahead of Saturday’s showdown against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.

 

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