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Arsenal through to the EFL Cup semi-finals

Posted on December 19, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 1-0 win over West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night, with a Danny Welbeck goal enough to send the Gunners into the last four of the competition.

The opening period of the game was very lacklustre, as Arsenal passed the ball around, but to no avail. By the quarter of the hour mark, the Gunners had enjoyed 65 percent possession.

The first real threat on either goal did not come until 38 minutes. Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac cut in from the left and aimed for the far corner of the net, but the wing-back’s effort is well off target.

A minute later saw the best chance of the first half. Kolasinac was involved again, as he crossed to find Theo Walcott ten yards out from goal completely unmarked. The forward decide to attempt to score with a diving header and the effort goes wide.

The Gunners took the lead with three minutes left in the first half. Mathieu Debuchy headed the ball across the face of goal, two West Ham defenders missed the ball and Danny Welbeck had the simple task of tapping home from a few yards out. On the stroke of half-time Arsenal youngster, Joe Willock fired well over the bar from the edge of the area.

There was a strange incident at half-time, as one of the linesmen had to be replaced because of a back injury. The fourth official stepped-in. Luckily enough a fully qualified fourth official was in the crowd and took over the fourth official’s duties on 53 minutes.

The fact that that was the most exciting incident in the opening exchanges of the second half spoke volumes about the quality of the game.

The first threat on either goal of the second half came on 64 minutes. West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell hit a free-kick from the edge of the area that flew well wide of goal.

Arsenal threatened the Hammers goal on 71 minutes. Irons goalkeeper Joe Hart came out to meet a long ball but instead brought Welbeck down on the edge of the area. The England international was cautioned for the foul.

On 77 minutes Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud seemed to pull up with a hamstring problem. Youngster Reiss Nelson replaced the French international soon afterwards.

The game rather drifted towards full-time, with Francis Coquelin seemingly picking up a known on 90 minutes and being replaced by Dasilva.

In the end, Arsenal progressed into the semi-final with very little fuss in a game that will definitely not live in the memory that is for sure.

Who was Arsenal’s man of the match against West Ham?

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