Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal

20 Sep

Lucas Perez


Lucas Perez started his second game for Arsenal since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in August

Lucas Perez scored his first Arsenal goals as they reached the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable win at Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Granit Xhaka’s stunning 30-yard strike gave the Gunners the lead.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner shot wide for Forest before Lucas doubled Arsenal’s lead from the penalty spot after Chuba Akpom was fouled.

Lucas then rounded the goalkeeper for his second before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drove in a late fourth.

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Nicklas Bendtner joined Nottingham Forest on 7 September following his release by German side Wolfsburg

The Spanish forward, who joined from Deportivo La Coruna in August, impressed with his pace and strength throughout, with both qualities particularly evident for the second goal.

He chased a ball down the left, brushed off Forest defender Michael Mancienne before bursting past goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and then poking home.

Bendtner, meanwhile, was making his first appearance against his old club, where he spent nine years at between 2005 and 2014.

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4.

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution, Arsenal. Krystian Bielik replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Licá (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Willock (Arsenal).

Substitution, Arsenal. Gedion Zelalem replaces Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Substitution, Arsenal. Chris Willock replaces Chuba Akpom.

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Licá replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucas Pérez (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Gabriel.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 3. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Pajtim Kasami.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

Gabriel (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Arsenal 2. Lucas Pérez (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Arsenal. Chuba Akpom draws a foul in the penalty area.

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