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Arsenal return to Premier League action and host Tottenham in the North London derby next, while AFC Wimbledon travel to face Shrewsbury Town in League One.
There goes the full-time whistle! Lacazette’s 11th-minute penalty opened the scoring for Arsenal but the Gunners were held at bay for over an hour after that, until the Frenchman set Smith Rowe up to score from close range. Just three minutes later, Nketiah produced an audacious flick to round off the scoring against an AFC Wimbledon side that performed better than the scoreline suggests. It finishes 3-0 to Arsenal, who progress to the next round of the League Cup.
90′ + 4′ FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 3-0 AFC WIMBLEDON
90′ + 2′ SAVE! Saka plays a neat one-two with Lacaztte and gets into the box before blasting the ball goalwards, but Tzanev makes a superb save to deny him!
90′ WIDE! Saka bursts away from Nightingale and gets to the edge of the box before lashing a fierce effort at goal, but he fires just wide of the far post!
88′ Victory tonight will also mean Arsenal will have only failed to go beyond the third round of the League Cup in one of the last 19 seasons, losing 2-1 at home to Southampton in 2014-15.
86′ If the scoreline remains unchanged at the final whistle, Arsenal will have lost none of their last 34 home League Cup matches against teams from a lower division (W31 D3), winning the last 13 in a row by an aggregate score of 41-5. The last lower division team to beat the Gunners away from home were Walsall in November 1983.
83′ Nketiah is received warmly by the home crowd following his clever finish and Balogun comes on to take his place on the left wing.
80′ Cedric made a positive run towards the byline and was picked out by Saka, before cutting it back to Nketiah who still had plenty to do to find the back of the net.
80′ GOAL!!! LOVELY GOAL FROM NKETIAH!! Saka gets into a pocket of space on the right and feeds Cedric, who pulls it back for Nketiah and the young striker produces a terrific flick, guiding the ball behind him and into the far corner! That was an outstanding finish. It’s 3-0 to Arsenal!
77′ Lacazette made a nuisance of himself in the box and battled hard to find Smith Rowe in a perfect position to score from close range.
77′ GOAL!!! SMITH ROWE DOUBLES ARSENAL’S LEAD!! Saka and Smith Rowe combine to find Lacazette and the striker looks to return the ball to Saka, but it’s cut out. The ball comes back to the striker, however, who manages to prod it into the path of Smith Rowe and the attacking midfielder steers it in from close range! It’s 2-0 to Arsenal!
76′ Martinelli, who looked especially lively at the start of the game, is replaced by Arteta now, with Saka coming on to take his place on the right.
72′ SAVE! Nketiah cuts in from the left and works it to the right where Martinelli lines up his shot, but Cedric takes over and the resulting effort is saved well by Tzanev.
67′ A corner comes in and it comes off Mari and falls into the path of Tavares outside the box, who charges onto it and blasts an effort at goal, but it’s high over the bar.
64′ POST! Martinelli gets forward down the right and crosses to the back post where Tavares is free, but the angle is tight and he can only steer his header against the upright!
60′ Robinson makes a change of his own at the same time, replacing the booked McCormick with Awokoya-Mebude.
60′ Arteta makes his first change of the night, replacing Partey with a natural attacking midfielder in Smith Rowe as he looks to extend the Gunners’ lead.
58′ SAVE! Partey takes a shot on from distance, aiming for the top-left corner, but Tzanev does well to make the save and turns it behind for a corner!
54′ Robinson makes his first change of the night, replacing Palmer with Presley up front in a like-for-like alteration.
50′ Arsenal overplay the ball in midfield and give it away, allowing AFC Wimbledon to break forward and Woodyard takes the shot on from distance, but it’s blocked away.
49′ Arsenal win their first corner of the second half as Cedric’s low cross is turned behind. The delivery is cleared and Assal tries to break, but Lokonga deals with it well.
46′ We’re back underway for the second half!
Arteta will be reasonably pleased with how his side have played so far but will want his team to be more ruthless in the second half and put the game to bed. Robinson can also be proud of how his side have conducted themselves, looking to get on the ball and attack when they have had the chance.
There goes the half-time whistle! Arsenal went ahead as Martinelli was brought down in the box after 10 minutes, with Lacazette confidently dispatching the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-right corner. AFC Wimbledon have had spells of possession, but have yet to carve out any significant opportunities. It’s 1-0 to Arsenal at the break.
45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 AFC WIMBLEDON
45′ + 2′ OVER! Lacazette meets Cedric’s corner in the middle, but can only glance his header over the bar! That will be the last action of the first half.
45′ Heneghan is shown a yellow card just before the break for a poor challenge on Nketiah on the halfway line.
42′ Tzanev punches Cedric’s latest corner up into the air and it’s awkward to deal with as it drops down to him, but he just manages to get it away at the second time of asking before Martinelli is fouled by Assal.
38′ Cedric completely miscues a corner, sending it in low and AFC Wimbledon clear comfortably. Not the full-back’s best delivery.
36′ CHANCE! Martinelli plays a quick one-two with Lacazette and gets into the box before trying to round the goalkeeper. The angle is blocked off and he feeds Cedric, whose shot almost goes into the path of Lacazette, but AFC Wimbledon get it away!
34′ AFC Wimbledon enjoy a sustained spell of possession and inch their way up the field with some neat passing. The final ball is disappointing, however, and Leno claims comfortably.
31′ Martinelli stays down and appears to be in some pain following that challenge from McCormick, but he eventually carries on and will try to shake off the knock.
30′ McCormick earns himself the first booking of the game as he catches Martinelli’s ankle with a poor challenge.
29′ Lacazette is down and there’s a brief stoppage as the striker is seen to. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear to be serious and the forward is back on his feet now.
27′ An Arsenal corner ends up with Lokonga via Lacazette following a corner and the midfielder takes the shot on from the edge of the box, but he can only fire over the bar.
22′ The ball goes into the box after good work from Martinelli and Nketiah attempts an overhead kick, but catches Lawrence in the face by accident. There’s no booking for the Arsenal forward, but he’s given a stern talking-to.
21′ Tavares and Cedric push high up the field and stretch the play, creating a gap that Martinelli drives into, but he’s caught just offside from Partey’s pass.
18′ AFC Wimbledon are growing into the game and playing with a little more confidence and deliver a cross from the right towards Palmer, but Holding manages to nod it away.
16′ Lacazette goes down in the box as he competes for a header and appeals for a penalty, but nothing is given.
15′ AFC Wimbledon are starting to show a little more adventure after a difficult start to the game, but Arsenal are breaking with plenty of bodies and look very dangerous.
11′ GOAL!!! ARSENAL LEAD!! Lacazette sends the goalkeeper the wrong way and thumps a powerful penalty into the bottom-right corner! That was a confident penalty from the Frenchman. It’s 1-0 to Arsenal!
10′ PENALTY! Martinelli is taken out by Guinness-Walker on the right side of the area and the referee blows his whistle without hesitation and points to the spot!
7′ Martinelli gets forward down the right and feeds Cedric, who whips a low ball into the middle but it’s just behind Nketiah and is cleared away.
4′ Martinelli seems to be starting out wide on the right, with Nketiah on the left wing as the pair play in slightly unfamiliar roles tonight.
1′ We’re underway at the Emirates Stadium!
Excluding their 2011-12 preliminary round, AFC Wimbledon had been eliminated in nine of their first 10 League Cup ties before this season, reaching the third round for the first time. Their only previous Premier League opponent in this competition was West Ham in August 2018, losing 3-1 at home.
Arsenal have won their first-ever meeting with their last nine English opponents, with AFC Wimbledon their first new opponent since Sutton United in the FA Cup in February 2017. In fact, the Gunners’ nine-game winning run against such opposition dates back to January 1987, starting with their first-ever match with Wimbledon – a 3-1 victory at Highbury.
There’s two changes for AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson, meanwhile. Alexander, Chislett and Pressley drop to the bench following their 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle, with Guinness-Walker, Rudoni and Palmer taking their places.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta makes 10 changes to the team that beat Burnley 1-0 away from home on Saturday, with only Partey keeping his spot. Elneny is fit enough for the bench, but Granit Xhaka misses out as he is serving the final match of his suspension after being sent off against Manchester City.
AFC Wimbledon substitutes: Zaki Oualah, Ethan Chislett, Daniel Csoka, Aaron Pressley, Cheye Alexander, Dapo Mebude, George Marsh.
AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1): Nikola Tzanev; Henry Lawrence, Ben Heneghan, Will Nightingale, Nesta Guinness-Walker; Alex Woodyard, Anthony Hartigan; Jack Rudoni, Ayoub Assal, Luke McCormick; Ollie Palmer.
Arsenal substitutes: Calum Chambers, Karl Hein, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny, Folarin Balogun, Sead Kolasinac.
Arsenal (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal are beginning to recover from a difficult start to the season, having won each of their last two Premier League games. AFC Wimbledon, meanwhile, are enjoying a positive start to the League One campaign, sitting seventh in the table with eight games played.
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