Arsenal v Shrewsbury: Oxlade to rest

WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne

ARSENAL 3-1 SHREWSBURY

(Carling Cup 3rd Round)

Arsenal came from behind to seal a place in the fourth round of the Carling after a nervy tie against League 2 outfit, Shrewsbury Town.

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the team who threw away a half-time lead against Blackburn from the weekend, with Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Park Chu-Young were both handed their first starts since arriving in the summer.

It was the hosts who threatened to score twice in the first five minutes but Marouane Chamakh saw Ben Smith equal to both of his attempts, but the visitors grew in confidence and they hit the post through James Collins. A shock was on the cards in the 16th minute when Collins headed past Lukasz Fabianski. With confidence low at Arsenal, Shrewsbury began to cause more problems and it looked like they may grab the second goal.

But on 34 minutes Kieran Gibbs nodded home his first ever goal for the club to draw the Gunners level, as the Emirates crowd breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The goal certainly lifted Arsenal as they went in at the break knowing they had a game on their hands.

The second half began with the hosts on top, looking to make their Premier League quality show, but it was a former League 1 player who put Arsenal in the lead when Chamberlain let fly from 25 yards to score his first goal for the club.

The Gunners were now in full control and extended their lead 12 minutes from time when Yossi Benayoun also notched his first goal, when he scrambled home a cut-back from substitute debutant, Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The chant of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” rang out around the Emirates at full-time as the supporters showed their support for the manager as his youngsters put the early goal behind them and showed why the future is bright at the Emirates. 

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