Danny Welbeck goal sends Arsenal to Carabao Cup semis
Arsenal 1 - 0 West Ham

Danny Welbeck goal sends Arsenal to Carabao Cup semis

19/12/2017

Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of a forgettable game as Arsenal booked a place in the Carabao Cup semifinals at the expense of West Ham.

The pair had shared a goalless draw in their Premier League meeting at the London Stadium last week but this time out, with both sides fielding very different line-ups, it was Welbeck who made the difference to seal a 1-0 win.

The 27-year-old will not care how the goal came about as he got on the scoresheet for the first time since his double against Bournemouth on Sept. 9.

It proved to be enough to book Arsene Wenger's side their first League Cup semifinal place in six years as West Ham offered very little in the way of goal-threat.

As expected, Wenger made wholesale alterations as he introduced an entirely different starting XI to that which toiled to victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Welbeck were again afforded the chance to stake a claim for a place in the Gunners' Premier League lineup.

West Ham, too, made changes -- with David Moyes bringing in six new faces as Joe Hart returned in goal and Manuel Lanzini missed out having been handed a two-match ban earlier on Tuesday having been adjudged to have dived in the weekend win at Stoke.

The first-half lurched along with the type of broken, inconsistent football expected with so many changes as neither goalkeeper was forced into meaningful action.

Walcott then wasted a superb chance, heading a Sead Kolasinac cross wide when picked out free in front of goal.

The deadlock was broken before the interval in a fashion befitting the opening 45 minutes as Welbeck bundled home from close-range after Mathieu Debuchy had headed Coquelin's perfect pass across goal to find the England international.

West Ham's first genuine attempt on goal saw Aaron Cresswell send a free kick wide of David Ospina's post with 26 minutes remaining -- Moyes reacting to such lean attacking statistics by introducing both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

However, there was bad news for the hosts when Giroud pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Reiss Nelson replaced the France international for the closing stages.

The introduction of Carroll and Sakho offered the Hammers more of an attacking outlet but Moyes' side were still unable to test Arsenal's second-string defensive unit.

Kolasinac has sat out the last two Premier League games but returned at left-back for Arsenal here and was assured in possession of the ball.

He will be hoping for a return to Wenger's A-team when Liverpool visit on Friday, while Welbeck is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench once again despite his winning goal as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez come back in.

Related news

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after Saturday's defeat at Liverpool left the club 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

Xherdan Shaqiri strikes twice as Liverpool ease past Manchester United

Xherdan Shaqiri strikes twice as Liverpool ease past Manchester United

Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Liverpool cruised back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield.

Eden Hazard ends goal drought as Chelsea win at Brighton

Eden Hazard ends goal drought as Chelsea win at Brighton

Eden Hazard scored his first goal in more than two months to help Chelsea retain their place in the Premier League's top four with a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Charlie Austin heads late winner as Southampton seal dramatic win over Arsenal

Charlie Austin heads late winner as Southampton seal dramatic win over Arsenal

Substitute Charlie Austin headed a late winner as Southampton beat Arsenal 3-2 to give Ralph Hasenhuttl a memorable victory in his first home game in charge.

Tottenham saved by Christian Eriksen strike to net last-gasp Burnley win

Tottenham saved by Christian Eriksen strike to net last-gasp Burnley win

Tottenham Hotspur substitute Christian Eriksen scored in added time as they snatched a 1-0 win over Burnley at Wembley to stay within five points of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.

Manchester City back on top of Premier League after home win over Everton

Manchester City back on top of Premier League after home win over Everton

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League as two goals from Gabriel Jesus and another by substitute Raheem Sterling secured a 3-1 home win over Everton.

Everton snatch last-gasp equaliser through Lucas Digne to draw with Watford

Everton snatch last-gasp equaliser through Lucas Digne to draw with Watford

Everton's France defender Lucas Digne scored with a superb free kick deep into added time to salvage a 2-2 draw with Watford in a frenetic Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Monday.

Chelsea hand Manchester City first Premier League loss of season

Chelsea hand Manchester City first Premier League loss of season

Goals on both sides of half-time gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Manchester City in Premier League action on Saturday night.

Son Heung-Min and Delli Alli score as Tottenham handle Leicester

Son Heung-Min and Delli Alli score as Tottenham handle Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into third place in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

RELATED NEWS

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho
Manchester United news

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after Saturday's defeat at Liverpool left the club 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

Xherdan Shaqiri strikes twice as Liverpool ease past Manchester United
Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester United

Xherdan Shaqiri strikes twice as Liverpool ease past Manchester United

Substitute Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Liverpool cruised back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield.

Eden Hazard ends goal drought as Chelsea win at Brighton
Brighton 1 - 2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard ends goal drought as Chelsea win at Brighton

Eden Hazard scored his first goal in more than two months to help Chelsea retain their place in the Premier League's top four with a 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Charlie Austin heads late winner as Southampton seal dramatic win over Arsenal
Southampton 3 - 2 Arsenal

Charlie Austin heads late winner as Southampton seal dramatic win over Arsenal

Substitute Charlie Austin headed a late winner as Southampton beat Arsenal 3-2 to give Ralph Hasenhuttl a memorable victory in his first home game in charge.

Tottenham saved by Christian Eriksen strike to net last-gasp Burnley win
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Burnley

Tottenham saved by Christian Eriksen strike to net last-gasp Burnley win

Tottenham Hotspur substitute Christian Eriksen scored in added time as they snatched a 1-0 win over Burnley at Wembley to stay within five points of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.

Manchester City back on top of Premier League after home win over Everton
Manchester City 3 - 1 Everton

Manchester City back on top of Premier League after home win over Everton

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League as two goals from Gabriel Jesus and another by substitute Raheem Sterling secured a 3-1 home win over Everton.

Everton snatch last-gasp equaliser through Lucas Digne to draw with Watford
Everton 2 - 2 Watford

Everton snatch last-gasp equaliser through Lucas Digne to draw with Watford

Everton's France defender Lucas Digne scored with a superb free kick deep into added time to salvage a 2-2 draw with Watford in a frenetic Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Monday.

Chelsea hand Manchester City first Premier League loss of season
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

Chelsea hand Manchester City first Premier League loss of season

Goals on both sides of half-time gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Manchester City in Premier League action on Saturday night.

Son Heung-Min and Delli Alli score as Tottenham handle Leicester
Leicester 0 - 2 Tottenham

Son Heung-Min and Delli Alli score as Tottenham handle Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into third place in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.