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Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon: Carabao Cup – LIVE!


Back-to-back wins have lifted the mood at Arsenal and the Gunners face AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup bidding to continue their resurgence ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham.

Successive 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnley have eased some of the scrutiny on Mikel Arteta, who will hope to boost confidence further before Sunday’s clash with Spurs at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal fans were hoping to get a glimpse of 17-year-old Charlie Patino as clamour grows for Arteta to hand him his debut after his stunning individual goal for the Under-23s against Manchester United but the youngster has not been included in the squad.

AFC Wimbledon have started the season well and are just outside the play-off places in League One under manager Mark Robinson.

Arteta could blood other young players but he will want Arsenal to go into the Tottenham game on a positive note.

With kick-off at 7:45pm BST, follow all the action with Malik Ouzia live at Emirates Stadium.

Live updates

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90 mins: That would’ve taken the roof off. Bukayo Saka picks the ball up the right just inside the Wimbledon half, skins his man, then cuts inside onto his left and curls inches wide of the far corner. Great effort.

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GOAL! Arsenal 3-0 AFC Wimbledon | Eddie Nketiah 81′

No surprise Saka is involved again as he feeds Cedric on the overlap but from his cross it’s all about Nketiah’s finish. A superb, backheeled flick into the far corner.

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GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 AFC Wimbledon | Emile Smith Rowe 78′

Lacazette does really well to keep the ball alive after some nice link up with Saka and Smith Rowe and it’s the latter who is on hand to poke home Arsenal’s second.

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76 mins: Some noise this. Gabriel Martinelli’s night is done and Bukayo Saka comes on to what I reckon is a bigger cheer than for the goal.

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74 mins: The game has really opened up since Partey’s departure – Nuno Tavares has got all sorts of freedom down the left to charge forward but his final ball has let him down so far.

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71 mins: Smith Rowe’s introduction has seen Arsenal’s midfield shape pretty much flipped on its head – Mailtand-Niles and Lokonga are now a deeper pair, with Smith Rowe in the No10.

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64 mins: Post? Save? Perhaps some combination of both as Martinelli’s cross finds Nketiah at the back post and he is inches away from doubling the lead.

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63 mins: That’s excellent defending. Ayoub Assal gets into a great position down the right and for once Arsenal’s centre-halves aren’t waiting in the middle to clear but Cedric has covered brilliantly to make a sliding clearance.

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59 mins: No surprise that Thomas Partey is the man to make way. Another hour under his belt – see you on Sunday, son.

Smith Rowe is into the action.

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58 mins: Striiikkeee. Thomas Partey shifts it across the box and is urged to shoot. He obliges and Tzanev has to help it over the bar.

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