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Parting Shots for Arsenal 4-0 Nottingham Forest: Backup Gunners fire four past NFFC in EFL Cup Tie

Match reports from around the internets for Arsenal’s 4-0 victory at Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal - EFL Cup Third Round Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal 4-0 Nottingham Forest: EFL Cup match report - The Short Fuse
Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, led by Lucas Perez’s second-half brace and a second stunning long-distance goal by Granit Xhaka in as many matches for the newly-signed Swiss international.

Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal - Report | Arsenal first team, ladies and academy results and fixtures | Arsenal.com | Arsenal.com
Lucas scored his first goals for the club as the Gunners cruised into the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a 4-0 victory at Nottingham Forest. Despite making 11 changes to the team, Arsenal delivered a slick, confident display at the City Ground, with Chuba Akpom and Jeff Reine-Adelaide catching the eye. But it was Granit Xhaka - fresh from his Hull howitzer - who opened the scoring as he once again took aim from 35 yards, and this time saw his strike take a deflection and find the top corner.

Nottingham Forest | Match Report
Nottingham Forest exited the EFL Cup after a third-round defeat at the hands of Arsenal at The City Ground this evening. Two goals from Lucas Perez, a 30-yard strike from Granit Xhaka and a late goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were enough to put The Gunners through into the next round at a sold-out City Ground. Head coach Philippe Montanier made three changes from the defeat to Norwich City at the weekend. The Frenchman handed Nicklas Bendtner his first start in a Forest shirt while anther former Gunner Henri Lansbury also made the starting line-up.

Nottingham Forest 0 - 4 Arsenal Match report - 20/09/2016 League Cup - Goal.com
Former Deportivo la Coruna forward Perez, signed for a reported £17 million in August, netted his maiden goal for Arsene Wenger's side with a coolly despatched penalty on the hour-mark, before doubling his tally with a superb solo effort. In the first meeting between the two sides since 1999, Granit Xhaka's second goal in as many games – a blistering strike from 25 yards out – opened the scoring midway through a tightly-contested first-half at the City Ground. On the 12th anniversary of Brian Clough's death, Philippe Montanier's side looked to respond after the interval, but any hopes of a comeback were all-but ended when Perez converted after Michael Mancienne brought down Chuba Akpom in the area.

Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report - September 20, 2016 - ESPN
The Gunners' only two League Cup triumphs in 1987 and 1993 each featured wins over the Reds and Granit Xhaka's strike and a Lucas Perez double set the ball rolling for history to perhaps repeat itself. Xhaka produced a carbon copy of his stunning long-range goal against Hull to give Arsenal, showing 11 changes from Saturday, the lead midway through the first half and Perez's penalty after an hour extended the advantage. Perez then put the tie beyond doubt with another goal 11 minutes later, ensuring there would be no Forest win to mark the 12th anniversary of Brian Clough's death, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring in stoppage time.

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal report: Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez give Arsene Wenger plenty to smile about | The Independent
Arsene Wenger rarely takes the early stages of cup competitions seriously, and this was not an exception. Exactly one week after leaving Petr Cech out of Arsenal’s daunting Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain, he made 11 changes to his starting line-up, and was duly rewarded with a second simple victory at Nottingham Forest in the space of four days. In the past, Arsenal would have slipped up in sending a reserve team to a boisterous Championship side, but in Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez – two of Wenger’s key signings in the summer – Arsenal turned in a clinical performance to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Nottingham Forest 0 Arsenal 4: Match report | Nottingham Post
Yes, Nottingham Forest fans can point to the fact that the foundations for this win were a deflected goal, a soft penalty and a third goal in which there might well have been a foul on Michael Mancienne. But there was also ultimately an obvious gulf in class between these two sides.