Arsenal welcomed Nottingham Forest to the Emirates in a 3rd round match of the Carabao cup. Unai Emery had confirmed before the game that their would be lots of changes from the team that played against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Arsenal had three players returning from injury in this match in Holding, Ballerin and Tierney. Gabriel Martinelli led the line in his first start of the season, with Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe completing the forward trio.
In the midfield, Ozil returned to the team alongside Lucas Torreira and Joe willock. While in the defence, Mustafi and Holding paired centrally, with Tierney and Chambers playing as fullbacks.
Arsenal started the game very well, as the team controlled the game right from the start. The fine display was soon rewarded with a goal, as Gabriel Martinelli headed in from a fine volleyed cross from Chambers.
Emile Smith Rowe has having a fine outing out wide right, but he had his game cut short after a collision which saw him stretchered off the pitch. Arsenal ended yeah first half leading 1-0.
Arsenal started the second half in similar fashion as the first, and looked comfortable despite the lone goal lead. Mesut Ozil was the captain of two day, and he had a fine outing as he controlled the game throughout his time on the pitch, as he was subbed off for Dani Ceballos.
Rob Holding took over as captain from Ozil, and got his 2nd goal few seconds with the armband after heading home a corner kick.
Hector Bellerin made his return as he came in for debutant korean Tierney while Chambers moved to left back. Not up to one minute after coming on, Bellerin bagged an assist as he set up Joe Willock for a tap in to make it 3-0.
The team was cruising and soon got the 4th as Nelson hit home from a second Calum Chambers assist of the night, with each coming from playing as a right back and as left back.
Gabriel Martinelli capped off a fine display for himself and the team as he curled him the 5th goal of the match.
There were many positives tonight in a fine team display. Many eyes would have caught the fine performance of debutant Keiran Tierney as he put up a solid display at left back. He constantly overlapped putting in beautiful crosses into the box.
Top night for Arsenal. Tierney was tremendous, Chambers excellent again & all the kids looked super confident. Holding back with a goal, Bellerin bags an assist. Oh, and Spurs get beaten by a League 2 side. What’s not to like.
— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) September 24, 2019
Tonight was about stars returning from injury and what a way to return for Rob Holding and Hector Ballerin. Rob capped a clean sheet at the back with a goal, while Hector bagged an assist less then one minute after coming on.
Gabriel Martinelli also put in a solid display leading the line, as he chased down every ball and bagged a brace to cap a beautiful night.
— Arsenal must do (@broos_selasi) September 24, 2019
The only negative in this five star performance will be the injury sustained by Emile Smith Rowe. Hopefully, it’s not much and he returns very soon.