Arsenal 3-1 Brentford

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Welbeck on his brace, Smith Rowe and the cup

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck became the first player to score in three different competitions this season when he netted twice in the Carabao Cup third round.

The goals were the England international's third and fourth of the season, and this is what he told the media after the game:

on his two goals...
I'm happy with the goals, but more importantly I am happy that we have gone through to the next round and put in a good performance against a good side.

on Brentford's second-half performance...
We did our analysis on them and we knew they were a really good team, and the way that they play football is difficult for opponents so we had to make sure we got our pressing right, intercept balls and try to impose ourselves on the game. We got the two goals in the first half and towards the end of the second half, they played the ball much better and that made it difficult for us but we dug in and got the result.

on the second Arsenal goal...
It was nice to put it away at the end because the football leading up to it was great. That is the style that we want to take into every single game.

on wanting to go all the way...
It's a new challenge and its one we want to do well in. We’re taking it game by game, but now we look ahead to Watford on Saturday in the Premier League. That is our main focus at the moment but every single game is important for us.

on Emile Smith Rowe...
He's a great player, we see it every day in training and he's had lots of great performances in the under-23s. We see the ability when he has got, and everyone has welcomed him and tried to give him advice and he has a lot of talent. We hope to see a lot more of him in the first team.

Press conference

Emery’s press conference: every single word

Unai Emery was a happy man after watching us ease past Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Our head coach headed to his press conference after the match, and here’s a full transcript of what he said:

on the performance and the result...
Yes, we are happy. I think today is a good match, a good 90 minutes to continue working on our tactical things and our individual things also for taking responsibility for the players, for taking confidence in the players for the 90 minutes. And I think the result is also very important for us and today all the things that happened in the 90 minutes is good for continuing to improve and continuing helping the players with the performance to find this victory.

on Brentford making it hard...
We played against them in pre-season and we lost 2-1. We analysed them in the Championship and this is one very good team with very good players, but they are very organised and also offensively they are tactically very good. They had their free-kick and they had a lot of chances to do different options in attacking moments. We’re working and thinking with respect that they can impose their ideas on the pitch and we can’t consider these options and chances. The first half was very good because we didn’t concede a lot of chances to arrive in our box and also our pressing was very good for recovering the ball and with the ball. They demanded a lot from us in our build-up with our positioning, starting with our goalkeeper, and it’s not easy in the first minute, but it’s very good work for continuing to improve and continuing also individually the players taking confidence into the next matches.

on Danny Welbeck…
I am very happy individually, also with the player. He gave us his quality and also his commitment every day. Danny Welbeck is working with this commitment and when he is playing also with a performance like today, and I think he’s helping the team and we want this. Also, it’s more chances for us to find the first XI for the next matches with performances like today’s.

on Welbeck’s contract running out and his importance going forward…
There are three things when we are speaking about an individual. There’s the club, the player and the team, and my focus is the team. I know they have the last year of their contract with the team and they are working on speaking with the club, but for me, the focus is only on the performance in each match and every training session. The performance and the commitment of the players is very high and also Danny Welbeck’s situation is one thing for the club and for them.

on whether he wants Danny to stay...
I am very happy with Danny Welbeck.

on Welbeck not playing a Premier League game yet and if his recent performances move him closer...
Yes. Each match is very important for the players, they can show us and show every supporter and every person their performance. Tonight, it's a good performance from every player and also Danny Welbeck, he worked with two goals, helping us. And for Saturday, he's also another player that I can try, to help the first XI because he's doing very well, with a big commitment. But also, I want the first XI with the performance and I want other players [on the bench], when I am looking back I want to see good players looking forward to help the game for us.

on Emile Smith Rowe and his future at the club...
He's improving. He's grown up here in the academy with us, in the pre-season and also today, he worked very well. He needs to continue taking responsibility, taking confidence and also with the ball, continuing improving on being more calm because he arrived - in the second half - in the box two times with a very good position and we need to also improve in this situation for giving us big chances to score. But I think it's one process and they worked and they did a good game today.

Interview

Mkhitaryan - Smith Rowe deserves his chance

Henrikh Mkhitaryan played his part in the goal of the game on Wednesday.

The Armenian midfielder drove forward in the first half to find Alex Iwobi, who in turn picked out Nacho Monreal for a low cross that Danny Welbeck converted.

Here’s what Micki said after the game:

on coming away with the win…
The most important thing was the win to go to the next round. The first half was a bit easier than the second one, but we were fighting, we were trying, we were working hard, and at the end we scored the third goal, so congratulations to us.

on Brentford not having anything to lose…
We knew that they’re a tough opponent and playing very well so it didn’t mean that in the first half after we’d scored two goals that everything was going to be easy. We knew that in the second half they were going to do it more and more and more, but we were ready for it.

on Smith Rowe being given the opportunity to start…
I am very happy for him because he did a good game, and for the other players as well. Everyone showed that everyone is ready to play and it doesn’t matter what kind of game it’s going to be, Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup or Europa league. Everyone is ready to play and to help Arsenal succeed.

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 3-1 Brentford: How it happened

Danny Welbeck heads in the opening goal

WHAT HAPPENED

Danny Welbeck took centre stage as we swept past Brentford to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
 
The England striker soared to head home an early opener from Matteo Guendouzi’s cross after the Frenchman had collected a short corner from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
 
And Welbeck was then on hand to finish off a flowing team move to take his tally for the season to an impressive four goals in six games.
 
Our second goal was a thing of beauty. It started with goalkeeper Bernd Leno and involved Stephan Lichtsteiner, Mkhitaryan and then Alex Iwobi, who found Nacho Monreal for a square ball that Welbeck converted from close range. Glorious to watch.

Danny Welbeck celebrates his second goal against Brentford

Danny Welbeck celebrates his second goal against Brentford

 
Iwobi had a solid claim for a penalty turned down when Julian Jeanvier brought him down, and the one-way traffic continued unabated against a Brentford side that struggled to contain our pace and movement.
 
Mkhitaryan had two sights of goal and Iwobi shot narrowly over as we looked for a third, but the visitors were thrown a lifeline when Alan Judge curled a free-kick beyond Leno.
 
What had been a relative stroll was now a rather more anxious affair, but the introduction of Alex Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey stemmed the flow.
 
Monreal went close, forcing a wonderful save from Luke Daniels, but it was Lacazette who had the final word with a low finish in stoppage time.

Danny Welbeck stat

Danny Welbeck is a man in form


HOW IT HAPPENED

See how our Carabao Cup tie unfolded with our play-by-play commentary

THREE THINGS WE NOTICED

A goal to savour, Welbeck’s work ethic and Emery’s strength in depth

NINE CHANGES

Unai Emery hinted that he’d rotate his squad for this game and he did precisely that.
 
There were nine changes in all with only Nacho Monreal - captain for the night - and Shkodran Mustafi keeping their starting places.
 
Rob Holding, who replaced the injured Sokratis at the weekend, came into the side, as did goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
 
Further forward there was a chance for Emile Smith Rowe to catch the eye, with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both rested.

WHAT’S NEXT

We’ll find out our next opponents in the Carabao Cup when the draw is made at 9pm (UK time) on Saturday.
 
A matter of hours before that we’ll be back in Premier League action, when Watford are the visitors to Emirates Stadium.

DID YOU KNOW?

Here’s some standout facts and stats from our game against Brentford:

  • We haven’t lost a home League Cup match against a side from outside the top-flight since a 2-1 defeat at Highbury against Walsall in November 1983 and are unbeaten in 31 matches since then (W28 D3)
  • Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris, who made four first-team appearances for us, was previously our mascot, before a game against Coventry City in September 2000
  • Brentford are one of seven sides who have a positive record against us - five wins, three draws and three defeats
  • We hadn’t faced Brentford since May 1947, when we won 1-0 at Griffin Park in a top-flight encounter