CM – Carabao Cup recap and tie: Arsenal’s late goals add glamor to victory over Wombles as Leicester knock out Millwall

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Arsenal moved into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a comfortable win over the spirited League One club AFC Wimbledon.

The Gunners have been lately returned to winning ways and Mikel Arteta would have been happy if his team had added more goals to their recently discovered ruse with this 3-0 win.

However, it took until the last phase for the early penalty from Alexandre Lacazette didn’t resume until the final 13 minutes when substitutes Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah secured Arsenal’s spot in the next round.

This was an opportunity to give players like Lacazette, Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli much-needed playing time and essentially Arteta’s fringes did well.

Arteta insists Lacazette run out this season despite limited options and his next summer The Frenchman led the team as captain and made the breakthrough in the 11th minute after beating Nesta Guinness-Walker’s Martinelli.

When the players in Emirates Stadium would have expected the floodgates to open at this point, they would have been disappointed, because Nik Tzanev in the Wimbledon goal remained largely unmolested for the rest of the first half.

The guests really held their own, without Bernd Leno after losing gloves back to Arsenal’s squad to sign Aaron Ramsdale that summer.

The former Wimbledon goalkeeper wasn’t even among the substitutes as Arteta made 10 changes. Only Thomas Partey retained the weekend win in Burnley as he was building up his fitness before the North London Derby.

The Ghanaian midfielder would have taken Arsenal’s lead with a drive from the edge of the box that Tzanev had pushed behind him after an hour , almost doubled, and Partey soon gave way.

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However, they could not build a grandstand finish, Arteta threw Bukayo Saka for Martinelli, the Englishman immediately involved in the attack, in which Smith Rowe doubled the lead.

Only three minutes later the result was clear Saka rejoined as he played the ball wide for Cedric Soares to the cross and Nketiah for a sovereign throw-in.

Ethan Chislett headed wide when he should have done better as the guests chased a consolation before Saka shot an inch and Tzanev parried late as Arsenal advanced.

Ademola Lookman’s first goal for Leicester gave them a 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup at his hometown club Millwall.

Winger Lookman, de r grew up in nearby Peckham, made his full Foxes debut with the opening goal shortly after half-time.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, perhaps aware of his team’s shaky start to the season, called The Den despite eight changes a strong line-up.

But after a bumpy start it was Championship Millwall, who were close to the opening goal in the 14th minute after Ryan Leonard shot just over the edge of the box from a half-cleared corner.

Wales Goalkeeper Danny Ward, who made his first appearance at the Foxes since February, then went down well to block Connor Mahoney’s Low Drive.

Millwall’s fans, many of whom despite the best efforts of the stadium sound system, drowning out they had booed Leicester’s knee injury began to stand behind their side, just as they had done the last time Leicester visited The Den.

Then became the reigning champion of Cl audio Ranieri was beaten 1-0 by the 10-man Lions in the FA Cup in a noisy atmosphere.

But this shock result was not to be repeated in February 2017 when Leicester began to dominate the ball and calm the crowd.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who also started the season for the visitors, should have done better with his cross after a confused run, and Youri Tielemans rolled over a free kick after being struck by Shaun. Hutchinson stumbled on the edge of the box.

Millwall had another chance before the break, but Ben Thompson’s header landed in the net.

But four minutes into the second half, Leicester’s pressing paid off when Dewsbury- Hall took possession of the ball just in the Millwall half.

Iheanacho smuggled the ball away and when his shot was blocked by Lions keeper George Long, former Charlton youngster Lookman came over to hit the rebound high into the net.

Millwall came closest to equalizing when Mahoney steered a free kick into the box and substitute Benik Afobe was just inches from goal.

But when time was running out, Iheanacho ended a quick counterattack Foxes with a stabbing shot into the roof of the net to seal the passage to the fourth round.

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