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Had a good game at Right wing back position against Doncaster...
Already we're blessed enough to lose talented players to injury (Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky to name few)... and here comes another...
ARSENAL 1 - 0 DONCASTER ROVERS
Theo Walcott scored his first goal of the season to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
And a rare full game for Wilshere... :O
EFL Cup (CARABAO CUP)
ARSENAL vs DONCASTER ROVERS
@ EMIRATES STADIUM
Arsenal XI (3-4-3):
Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez.
Macey, Monreal, Willock, Dasilva, Iwobi, Nketiah, Akpom.
Arsenal make a number of changes from the side that drew with Chelsea at the weekend. Jack Wilshere makes his first start in 16 months for the club. Wenger has also gone with a strong attacking front line of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, replacing Welbeck, Lacazette and Iwobi.
KEY OPTA STATS:
- This was Arsene Wenger's 59th match versus Chelsea with Arsenal, making them the club he’s faced the most often during his time at the Gunners.
- Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Antonio Conte for the first time (27 games).
- The last time that they failed to net in a competitive game at Stamford Bridge was back in April 2016 against Manchester City (0-3) under Guus Hiddink – 29 games ago.
- This was the first 0-0 draw between these two sides at Stamford Bridge since April 2005 and the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at home against the Gunners since then, after 12 successive home games with a goal versus them.
- Arsenal have now failed to score in eight of their last 14 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
- This is the first time that Arsenal have failed to score in as many as three of their opening five league games in a season since 1998-99 (also three).
- Chelsea have now been given six red cards in the Premier League against Arsenal – their joint-most against a single opponent (along with vs Liverpool, Man Utd and Everton).
- Arsenal have gone 14 matches without beating a top-six team away from home in the top flight.
- Chelsea's run of five straight home league wins over Arsenal is ended by the draw.
CHELSEA 0 - 0 ARSENAL
Both sides were left to rue missed first-half opportunities in a match between two London rivals that failed to catch fire until the Brazil defender received his first-ever Premier League red card with three minutes remaining.
The Gunners had the better of the opening half and should have gone into the break ahead when Aaron Ramsey hit the post and Alexandre Lacazette somehow fired over from the close-range rebound. Chelsea had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity from Pedro, who was foiled by Petr Cech.
The second half lacked the excitement of the first and the introductions of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez from the two substitutes' benches did not provide the desired spark. And David Luiz saw red for a high challenge on Sead Kolasinac as the game neared its conclusion, marking the third straight match Chelsea have had a player sent off against Arsenal and rounding off a poor performance from Antonio Conte's men.
Typical Arsenal game.. Lackluster in the 1st half and brilliant in the 2nd...
A wonder goal from Cordoba silenced Arsenal in the 1st half...
But..., what a thunder strike from Kolasinac, sheer powerful!!! And a stunning strike from Sanchez...
CROWD TROUBLE DELAYS ARSENAL'S EUROPA LEAGUE OPENER
The match between the Gunners and Koln has been pushed back after visiting supporters attempted to swarm the home section at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Europa League opener against Koln has been delayed by one hour (21:05 BST kick-off) because of concerns over crowd safety.
Arsenal: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Giroud, Alexis.
Subs: Macey, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Reine-Adelaide, Nelson, Wilshere, Akpom.
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