Gun­ners progress to fourth round of Carabao Cup

Malta Independent - - Sport -

An own goal by Chris­tian Fuchs and Ed­die Nke­tiah's late strike were enough to see Arse­nal through to the Carabao Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Le­ices­ter City.

Mikel Arteta and Bren­dan Rodgers both made sweep­ing changes to their teams for the tie, but an il­lus­tri­ous Gun­ners side pre­vailed against their lack­lus­tre hosts.

Arse­nal dom­i­nated play for much of the first half but Le­ices­ter went clos­est as James Mad­di­son hit the bar from range.

How­ever, that set the tone for the Foxes, who too of­ten re­sorted to shots from well out­side the area.

And the Gun­ners' per­se­ver­ance paid off as Ni­co­las Pepe's in­ci­sive run and cross from the right forced Fuchs to di­rect the ball into his own net.

Nke­tiah wrapped up the win with a 90th minute strike from close range, with sub­sti­tute Hec­tor Bel­lerin play­ing a key role in cre­at­ing the chance.

Nke­tiah im­pressed on the night, as did fel­low young­sters Reiss Nel­son and Bukayo Saka.

Arse­nal will travel to the win­ner of Thurs­day night's clash be­tween Lin­coln City and Liver­pool in the fourth round.

Premier League games to start ear­lier to help pub­go­ing fans

The Premier League has pushed for­ward the start­ing times of its mid­week games to en­sure pub-go­ing fans in Eng­land don't miss the fi­nal min­utes of matches amid ramped-up coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions in the coun­try.

The Bri­tish gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that pubs must close at the ear­lier time of 10 p.m. in Eng­land in an ef­fort to curb the spread of the virus.

That would mean soc­cer fans watch­ing Premier League games in pubs would miss the clos­ing stages of the 8:15 p.m. kick­offs, es­pe­cially those with ex­tended pe­ri­ods of stop­page time.

The league re­acted Wed­nes­day by say­ing that mid­week games sched­uled to start at 8:15 p.m. will now kick off 15 min­utes ear­lier, be­gin­ning with Liver­pool vs. Arse­nal on Mon­day.

Fans could still be caught out, though, if there are lengthy de­lays in matches be­cause of VAR de­ci­sions or se­ri­ous in­juries, for ex­am­ple.

When Liver­pool played Arse­nal at An­field in 2011, the match fea­tured 12 1/2 min­utes of stop­page time in the sec­ond half alone be­cause of a lengthy in­jury de­lay. Dirk Kuyt con­verted a penalty for Liver­pool in the 12th minute of added time to se­cure a 1-1 draw.

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