Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal
Another brilliant away performance from Arsenal saw them put Nottingham Forest to sword in a 4-0 victory on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger made several changes to his starting line-up as expected with youngsters Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chuba Akpom and Rob Holding handed an opportunity to impress.
However, the slightly surprising decisions saw Emiliano Martinez start in goal with David Ospina omitted while Mathieu Debuchy failed to make the 18-man squad as Maitland-Niles filled in at right-back.
Arsenal, facing the threat of former Gunner Nicklas Bendtner who was leading the hosts’ attack, had the upper-hand in terms of possession for much of the first half.
However, it took an effort from about 30-yards out to change the scoreline after 23 minutes as Xhaka unleashed another thunderbolt which beat the goalkeeper despite a bold attempt to parry the shot away.
Nottingham Forest hardly produced a response to conceding that opening goal as the Gunners continued to carve out chances to extend their lead before the second half.
Lucas Perez scored from the penalty spot to register his first ever goal for his new club before the Spaniard hassled an error out the home side’s defence to score his second and Arsenal’s third on the night.
After a few unlucky attempts at goal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gracefully found the back of the net right on the brink of the final whistle to finish off a dominant show in the League Cup.