The Gunners kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign, which was formerly called the League Cup, against a fairly known Doncaster Rover team. The Gunners looking to pick up from their recent stimulating performance against local rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea.
The day before yesterday, we saw Liverpool bow out of the competition in a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City; a game in which former Arsenal player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had quite an embarrassing day of football – seem to lack the basics of a footballer in the fixture.
All eyes on the team sheet as fans really looked forward to watching a glimpse of Reiss Nelson and also the returning Jack Wilshere. Arsenal Started with David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Jack Wilshere, Mohammed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thoe Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud as their preferred XI to face their opposition Doncaster Rovers.
As early as the 6th minute, Olivier Giroud had to chance to write his name in Arsenal’s hall of fame, thus joining him with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, into scoring 100 goals for the North London team. Wilshere, as composed as an ice water found Giroud making a delightful run into space, lofting the ball for the Frenchman who then performed a bicycle kick, only for his effort to rattle the crossbar – so close Giroud!
Elneny and Wilshere seem to be a midfield partnership that rather compliments each other, both players looked solid and played their roles properly as we saw them last time out against Fc Koln. Wilshere who completed full 90 minutes in the Carabao cup looked like being up to his very best.
The only goal of the match came in the 25th minute when Alexis played a sublime long-range pass to Theo Walcott who needed two touches to put the ball in the back of the net. He comfortable controlled the ball in the Doncaster penalty area, chipping the ball over the keeper to give us the lead and score the only goal of the match.
Super Jack would’ve further increased our lead in the match with a long-range effort but was just meters away from hitting the target. In the second half, Theo Walcott had the right chance to make it two, when Giroud fed him the ball – one on one with the keeper but the England international would see his effort go over the crossbar.
Moments after, it could’ve been 1-1 but a bursting run was made by Maitland-Niles to clear out the danger, as a Doncaster player was left clear on goal against Ospina before the inception was then made.
The visitors again came close to equalling the scoreline from a set piece, but would only watch their effort hit the top of the crossbar.
That was about it as we wrapped up a 1-0 win against Doncaster Rovers, proceeding into the round 4 fixture against Norwich City at the Emirates. The young guns looked decent to watch and certainly hope to see them feature in the next round.