Arsenal overcame Leeds on home soil to march into the quarter finals of the League Cup on Tuesday night, whilst also allowing fringe players valuable game time.

Whilst the first half was fairly even, it was Arsenal who came out on top in the second half.

Caum Chambers, who had only just come on for an injured Ben White, scored with possibly his second touch, only 23 seconds after coming on! What a statement of intent from the irregular defensive starter for the Gunners.

And, it was good old(young) Eddie Nketiah who also reminded the manager of his ability, scoring his 7th goal in only 8 games in the cup, by putting an Arsenal victory beyond doubt.

In a further display of reminders to the manager, Bernd Leno also impressed. Whilst not overly active, he produced a couple of good saves to keep a clean sheet, reminding Arteta of his value, and keeping pressure on inform first choice keeper Ramsdale.

For Pepe, another squad member, there was plenty of effort, even if the results weren’t there. His goal scoring streak at the the end of last season seems little more than a distant memory..hopefully he can rediscover his magic soon!

Here is our rating selection for how the first team fared. Let us know what you think.

Here’s how I rated the players.

Bernd Leno – 7( not overly busy, but still impressed)
Cedric Soares – 6( tidy whilst not setting the world alight)
Ben White – 7 ( another tidy performance)
Rob Holding – 6( good back up)
Sead Kolasinac – 6( a squad player who tries hard)
Mohammed Elneny – 6( another squad player who perhaps should look elsewhere for regular game time)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 7( moments of purpose for the industrious England player)
Emile Smith Rowe – 7( no goal today, clearly a great player)
Nicolas Pepe – 5( has lost his mojo recently)
Gabriel Martinelli – 5( works hard but a far cry from the Klopp description of ‘player of the century’)
Eddie Nketiah – 7( great cup scoring form..can he translate that into the league?)

Man of the match: Cedric Soares. Eddie. Not always involved but works hard, pops up when it matters and rarely complains.

Flop of the match: Pepe – Come on Pepe! He finished the last season strongly. Seems a shadow of that version of himself.

Author: Londonlad

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