EFL Cup - Third Round
Nottm ForestNottingham Forest0ArsenalArsenal4

Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal

Lucas Perez
Lucas Perez started his second game for Arsenal since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in August

Lucas Perez scored his first Arsenal goals as they reached the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable win at Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Granit Xhaka's stunning 30-yard strike gave the Gunners the lead.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner shot wide for Forest before Lucas doubled Arsenal's lead from the penalty spot after Chuba Akpom was fouled.

Lucas then rounded the goalkeeper for his second before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drove in a late fourth.

Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner joined Nottingham Forest on 7 September following his release by German side Wolfsburg

The Spanish forward, who joined from Deportivo La Coruna in August, impressed with his pace and strength throughout, with both qualities particularly evident for the second goal.

He chased a ball down the left, brushed off Forest defender Michael Mancienne before bursting past goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and then poking home.

Bendtner, meanwhile, was making his first appearance against his old club, where he spent nine years at between 2005 and 2014.

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier: "Like the team, Niklas Bendtner started very well at the beginning and then after it was very difficult for him because Arsenal had the ball and he did not have a lot of opportunity to play.

"But physically I am surprised he is so fit because he had not a big pre-season with Copenhagen.

"It was a good experience not only for Nicklas but for all the players because Arsenal have great technique, better than us, and it was difficult for us but my players, they gave everything."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "Lucas did well. He's quick, he's determined. He uses well his left foot - a bit too much in my taste. He doesn't use his right enough. Overall he's like all the left-footed players, you know.

"But I like his second goal because he has shown not only technique but determination and fight for the ball and finishing and I like that. The part he played in the goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain shows his awareness of other people and it is intelligent play.

"But the most important thing for me is that we win the game. Who scores is not so important but for the player individually it's good because he can convince people he can play for us. It will help himself as well to grow in belief."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 17PereiraBooked at 40mins
  • 4Mancienne
  • 5Mills
  • 2Lichaj
  • 8CohenBooked at 75mins
  • 12DumitruSubstituted forPereira Carneiroat 81'minutes
  • 10LansburyBooked at 67mins
  • 22KasamiSubstituted forCarayolat 68'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 14BendtnerBooked at 16minsSubstituted forVelliosat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 18Carayol
  • 20Pereira Carneiro
  • 25Hobbs
  • 37Grant
  • 39Vellios
  • 43Smith

Arsenal

  • 26Martinez
  • 55Maitland-NilesSubstituted forBielikat 87'minutes
  • 16HoldingBooked at 37mins
  • 5Gabriel
  • 3Gibbs
  • 29Xhaka
  • 35Elneny
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 31Reine-AdelaideSubstituted forZelalemat 83'minutes
  • 32AkpomSubstituted forWillockat 83'minutes
  • 9Pérez

Substitutes

  • 37Bielik
  • 40Zelalem
  • 41Da Silva
  • 54Macey
  • 57Mavididi
  • 65Sheaf
  • 68Willock
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
28,567

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Pérez.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Krystian Bielik replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Licá (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chris Willock (Arsenal).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Gedion Zelalem replaces Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Chris Willock replaces Chuba Akpom.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Licá replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Booking

    Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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