Welbeck helps Gunners past Brentford
Arsenal 3 Brentford 1
Two Danny Welbeck goals helped Arsenal into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after the Gunners beat Championship side Brentford 3-1 at the Emirates tonight.
In the first competitive meeting between the sides since 1947, Welbeck put the Gunners 2-0 up at half time when they seemed to be cruising.
The second goal lit up the Emirates with Welbeck poking home at the end of a flowing move from the Gunners.
Alan Judge’s free kick made it 2-1 shortly after half time and for a while the home side were slightly uncomfortable, before substitute Alexandre Lacazette sealed the win in added time.
Youngster Emile Smith Rowe didn’t look out of his depth and almost scored on his full debut in the first half.
The win gives the Gunners their sixth in succession in all competitions.
They will be hoping to make it seven on Saturday against Watford – again at the Emirates, by which time they will know their opponents in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
On Welbeck, Unai Emery said: "He scored two goals to help us and he is doing very well. He is another player I can try to help the first 11 . He is doing well with a big commitment, but I want the first 11 to give good performances and I want, when looking back, to see other good players looking to help in the game for us."