Arsenal booked a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup thanks to Theo Walcott’s first goal of the season in the 25th minute of the game. The win earned the Gunners a fourth round tie against Norwich city at the Emirates. The draws were made last night.
Jack Wilshere was on everyone’s lips just before, during and after the game. The England midfielder made his first start for Arsenal since a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in May 2016. He almost grabbed an assist in the 6th when Giroud’s acorbatic volley from his cross hit the crossbar. With less than a year left on his contract, it is unsure how his future will pan out. The game was an opportunity to gain match fitness for the 25 year old. Very soon we would be seeing him in the thick of things – hoping that the injury gods let i=him be.
Walcott seem to have been sidelined this season and have only had the opportunity of making cameo appearances this season. He started last night and reacted quick enough to guide home the only goal of the game from an overhead by Alexis. While he may have scored in the game, this may trigger more goals to come. We all love goals. Will Walcott provide us with goals this season. Can he do that from the bench?
There is always the love to see the young Guns perform at the big stage. The Carabao Cup may not be the biggest of stages but it is Wenger’s way of introducing the young Gunners into the team. Rising star Nelson played for 84 minutes and was replaced by another young Gunner – Willock. Dasilva also tasted action in the second half. Nketiah and Akpom were unused substitutes. Has Nelson come to stay?
I had expected more than a 1-0 win and Giroud’s 100th goal for Arsenal but we have to move on. Yes, and the hotel just refused to show the game. I was scrambling around looking for a viewing channel.
Monday Night football is next against Westbrom.