Arsenal’s reward for beating AFC Wimbledon is a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Leeds United.
The Gunners needed just 11 minutes to find a breakthrough against the League One opposition as Alexandre Lacazette made no mistake from the penalty spot after Gabriel Martinelli was brought down to net his second goal of the competition this season.
Then in the second half, Arsenal‘s Hale End graduates in Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah both opened their accounts for the campaign within three minutes of each other to make the scoreline look a lot more respectable.
Meanwhile, xxx booked their place in round four with a penalty shootout win over Fulham last night.
Winning the Carabao Cup is one way for Arsenal to seal a return to Europe next season after missing out completely this term.
A rare experience that is something that manager Mikel Arteta does not intend to go through again in the 2022/23 campaign.
“It hurts a lot in the last few days to put TV on and see those teams there, and not see Arsenal there,” the Spaniard admitted during his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Burnley. “It was painful. One hundred per cent. I don’t want to be sitting there with Arsenal out of those competitions.”
Arsenal’s chance to take another step towards winning the Carabao Cup has to wait another month as the game will take place at the Emirates Stadium on the week commencing October 25, 2021.
Before then the Gunners face Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Carabao Cup fourth round draw in full:
Chelsea vs Southampton
Arsenal vs Leeds
Stoke vs Brentford
West Ham vs Man City
Leicester vs Brighton
Burnley vs Tottenham
QPR vs Sunderland
Preston vs Liverpool