Report: Arsenal 3 Brentford 1

first_imgDanny Welbeck’s double guided a heavily rotated Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Brentford and into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.One of nine changes from the weekend win over Everton, Welbeck was on target twice before a splendid Alan Judge free-kick set up a tense final half hour at Emirates Stadium.The Championship side were emboldened and, for a period, pressed hard in search of an equaliser that ultimately never came, Arsenal stabilising adequately and eventually sealing Unai Emery’s sixth straight victory through substitute Alexandre Lacazette in stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The new Gunners boss is attempting to do something his predecessor Arsene Wenger never achieved in winning this competition, and the quality of several passages in between the stern second-half examination will have delivered belief that is very much a [email protected]@LacazetteAlexBring on the next round of the @Carabao_Cup#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/Njwavt62sn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 26, 2018The course of the match might have differed had Bernd Leno’s puzzlingly poor touch from a Shkodran Mustafi back-pass not trickled wide of his own net in the second minute.Instead, Arsenal were ahead moments later as Welbeck rose unchallenged to emphatically head in Matteo Guendouzi’s corner in the fifth minute.His second, eight minutes before the interval, capped a sweeping move with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and the overlapping Nacho Monreal combining to provide a tap-in.An unexpected twist came when midfielder Judge fizzed a brilliant free-kick in off the upright and Brentford almost had an equaliser in quick time, Sergi Canos flashing a shot over the bar.Penalties remained a possibility right until Lacazette put the seal on Arsenal’s victory with a determined finish three minutes into added time, fellow substitute Lucas Torreira with the assist. What it means: Gunners in syncThis kind of banana skin fixture could well have eroded some of Arsenal’s momentum, but Emery’s second string handled the occasion professionally when required and, at times, with real style.Emery’s decision to retain only Monreal and Mustafi on his starting XI was justified as the fluidity of the second goal demonstrated an entire squad operating on the same wavelength.Leno looks the partThough beaten by Judge’s free-kick – for which he could do very little – two moments in the first half served to illustrate how comfortably Leno can slot in should Petr Cech’s form tail off.The German recovered from a nervy early moment to instigate Welbeck’s second with a brave pass from the back, having not long earlier raced off his line to snuff out a counter-attack in true sweeper-keeper fashion.Guendouzi lapse punishedSupplier of the opening goal, Guendouzi undid that good work by offering Brentford a way back into the match after half-time. It was the teenager’s unnecessary foul on the edge of the area which Judge emphatically converted.3 – Danny Welbeck is the first @premierleague player to score in three different club competitions this season (League, Europa League and #CarabaoCup). Spread. #ARSBRE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2018What’s next?Arsenal will seek to maintain their winning run when Watford visit in the Premier League on Saturday, the same day as Brentford host Reading in the second tier. read morelast_img read more

Harbhajan ‘broke down crying’ while ‘apologising’ for monkeygate: Symonds

first_imgPerth, Dec 16 (AFP) Andrew Symonds says India spinner Harbhajan Singh “broke down crying” while making peace after the infamous ‘monkeygate’ episode had sent the former Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral. A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Harbhajan was accused of calling Symonds a “monkey”, the Australian said they emotionally called a truce three years later. The pair buried the hatchet while turning up for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. “…He actually broke down crying, and I could just see that was a huge weight off his shoulders, he had to get rid of it. We shook hands and I gave him a hug and said: ‘Mate, it’s all good. It’s dealt with’,” Symonds told ‘Fox Sports’. Harbhajan, who at time denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches. But the ban was overturned after the visiting team, feeling hard done-by, lodged a protest in what was an all-time low in India-Australia cricket relations. Reliving, Symonds said, “We go to a very wealthy man’s place for a barbecue, drinks and dinner one night and the whole team’s there and he had guests there, and Harbhajan said ‘mate, can I speak to you for a minute out in the garden out the front’. “He goes, ‘look, I’ve got to say sorry to you for what I did to you in Sydney. I apologise, I hope I didn’t cause you, your family, your friends too much harm and I really apologise for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it’.”advertisement Symonds, who was born in England with one of his parents of West Indian background, has previously recounted how his life went downhill after the incident. The burly all-rounder, who felt let down by the system, started drinking heavily and in June 2009 his Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn after he was sent home from the World T20 following the latest in a series of alcohol-related indiscretions. “I suppose this would be the moment where my whole persona to cricket changed,” Symonds, who is commentating on India’s current tour of Australia, said of ‘monkeygate’. “I didn’t realise how powerful one player, one incident, how much money was at stake and the ramifications.” PTI AHlast_img read more