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FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

How to Watch Arsenal vs. Norwich City: Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Norwich City travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Arsenal defeated Everton 5-2 over the weekend and sit in fifth place on the league table with five wins in nine matches. The Gunners advanced to the fourth round of the cup after defeating Doncaster Rovers of League One 1-0.

Norwich City defeated Ipswich Town 1-0 on Sunday and are in sixth place in the EFL Championship. The Canaries defeated Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Brentford to advance to the fourth round.

Find out how to watch the match below.

How to Watch:

Game Time: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2:45 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN 3

Live Stream: WatchESPN

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

Referee Left Motionless on the Pitch After Horror Collision With Charlton Player

​There are certain incidents that transcend the sport of football, and one of those incidents is the health of our players. But, also included in the small print is obviously the health of the officials. In Saturday's matchup between Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, the referee that officiated the game was involved in an incident that left him motionless on the pitch. Robert Lewis, the referee, was subbed off dramatically after colliding with Charlton player, Josh Magennis early in the...

Referee Left Motionless on the Pitch After Horror Collision With Charlton Player

​There are certain incidents that transcend the sport of football, and one of those incidents is the health of our players. But, also included in the small print is obviously the health of the officials. In Saturday's matchup between Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, the referee that officiated the game was involved in an incident that left him motionless on the pitch. Robert Lewis, the referee, was subbed off dramatically after colliding with Charlton player, Josh Magennis early in the...

Referee Left Motionless on the Pitch After Horror Collision With Charlton Player

​There are certain incidents that transcend the sport of football, and one of those incidents is the health of our players. But, also included in the small print is obviously the health of the officials. In Saturday's matchup between Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, the referee that officiated the game was involved in an incident that left him motionless on the pitch. Robert Lewis, the referee, was subbed off dramatically after colliding with Charlton player, Josh Magennis early in the...

Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere gestures during the English League Cup third round football match against Doncaster Rovers on September 20, 2017

Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere gestures during the English League Cup third round football match against Doncaster Rovers on September 20, 2017

Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere gestures during the English League Cup third round football match against Doncaster Rovers on September 20, 2017 (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)

Apparently, pigeons are better at multitasking than you

Doncaster Rovers v Wigan Athletic – Sky Bet League One – Keepmoat Stadium

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Alexandre Lacazette strikes twice but referee leaves Albion fuming

Alexandre Lacazette has found a new home; Arsenal have a new hero. The boy from Lyon who, it was feared, would struggle away from France has lit up the Emirates Stadium since his arrival for a club record £52 million fee with four goals now in his first three Premier League matches here. The No 9 is leading the line. This was a night for records with Gareth Barry making his 633rd league appearance, more than any other player in the Premier League era, beating Ryan Giggs' total, but – more relevant to this result – Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league games for the club in those 25 years. The first player to do so, in fact, since Brian Marwood - 29 years ago. West Brom will feel there is another record after this – the poorest refereeing performance they have endured for some considerable time as Bobby Madley denied them a clear first-half penalty, before Lacazette had opened the scoring, and then awarded a far more dubious spot-kick to Arsenal in the second-half. Albion manager Tony Pulis was canny enough not to be drawn on Madley’s performance but his anger was clear enough and not just from his furious and increasingly incredulous touchline reactions. Mustafi takes down Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS What is more worrying for the sport, in general, is that when Jay Rodriguez was obviously fouled by Shkodran Mustafi as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area, after being picked out by Barry with a typically shrewd through-ball, the striker picked himself up and carried on. It will lead to a debate as to whether Rodriguez is simply then being too honest and should have exaggerated the incident. Rodriguez then curled a shot that appeared set to beat Petr Cech but the Arsenal goalkeeper reacted superbly to get his fingertips to it and push it onto his far post. Even then the rebound fell to the onrushing Jake Livermore who made a hash of it and bundled his shot wide. Did Madley play advantage? Maybe so. But there is nothing in the rules stopping him from still then awarding the penalty as he surely should have done. And so there was yet more controversy around the refereeing of a Premier League match. Pulis had already been infuriated when Alexis Sanchez had gone down easily – he dived, Pulis bluntly said – to win a free-kick which he fired narrowly wide, and then Arsenal won another. Again it appeared a dubious award as Jonny Evans was harshly adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Elneny. Once more Sanchez took it, forcing a fine flying save from Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster with the ball rebounding off the cross-bar and Lacazette reacting quickest to head it into the net. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal It was the first time Lacazette and Sanchez had started together for Arsenal and it already looked like a potent combination. Interestingly, Mesut Ozil, fit again after his knee problem, was consigned to the bench, coming on as a late substitute, and it will be instructive if he is now included in the squad for the Europa League trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov. Arsene Wenger is promising to take an experienced team and a group of young substitutes with a home league match next Sunday lunchtime against Brighton. He complained of a “cruel” schedule already for his side. “It was nervy,” Wenger later said of this encounter, and it was. The goal did not settle Arsenal who knew they had to win to lift themselves closer to the top of the table. A draw, even, was not enough and these points take them up to seventh, just behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but six behind the Manchester clubs at the top of the table. Already they are playing catch up. Monreal clears the ball off the line Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images They should have been caught out here, though, when Grzegorz Krychowiak claimed the ball and ran on and on from his own half to then cross for Rodriguez who, unmarked, directed his header past the stranded Cech only for Nacho Monreal to, superbly, improvise and clear it off the line. On half-time it was Cech, down by his post, fending off Rodriguez and somehow Albion remained in arrears. Half-time appeared to stabilise Arsenal and Lacazette almost doubled his tally when Elneny worked his way into the area, holding off Barry, to slip a pass to the French internatinal whose low goal-bound shot spun up of Kieran Gibbs’ boot and just over the bar. After that a corner was won and met by Mustafi who cleverly back-heeled up towards the near post with Foster reacting alertly to clutch at the ball. Lacazette stoops to head in the opener Credit:  IAN KINGTON/AFP Soon after and Arsenal had a penalty of their own as Aaron Ramsey turned and drove into the area only for Allan Nyom to step across and challenge. It appeared shoulder-to-shoulder, if a tad robust, and Ramsey went down with Madley pointing to the spot. Lacazette took the kick and although Foster guessed right, down to his left, the striker found the corner of the net. It was another calm execution from Lacazette. Would he complete a hat-trick? A chance came as he deftly brought down Sanchez’s cross only to slice his shot from a tight angle with Foster stranded. It did not matter. He had already won this game. “He gets stronger in every game,” Wenger later said of Lacazette. “Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high." Lacazette, though, is answering them. 9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He fell, writhing, acting like a bit of a blouse but there seemed to be contact.   8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

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Arsenal vs West Brom all the latest great offers and suggested bets    9:53PM Full time Arsenal secure a deserved victory with a commanding second-half performance after a shaky first-half. West Brom should have had a penalty at 0-0 but after half-time they were dominant with good performances from Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal. Arsenal move up to seventh, West Brom drop to 12th 9:52PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:52PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:50PM 90+3 min Maitland-Niles will now get on for 10 seconds, replacing Ramsey. Half the crowd seems to have gone home. Sell the seats to Koln fans.  9:49PM 90+1 min We'll have three bonus minutes. Maitland-Niles waits patiently to come on but he may be deprived by Arsenal's long spell of keepball.  9:48PM 90 min Arsenal break quickly and feed a pass through to Ramsey running into the box on the right. It's slightly behind him so he has to check his run and stabs a shot at Foster's feet.   9:47PM 89 min A few decent touches and a lovely pass from Barry in the first half as well as his customary good positioning but he's had no chance to shine since.  9:45PM 87 min Giroud is found with a chipped pass down the inside-left channel. He traps it on his chest but instead of turning to shoot because Dawson is so tight, he lays it back to Xhaka who wellies a shot on the run over the crossbar.  9:44PM It's been a mismatch at Emirates Stadium so far Arsenal are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to seven from West Brom so far. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 9:43PM 86 min Elneny's back-post  cross from the right is cleared by Dawson but in general their balk retention and game management has been excellent this half.  3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017   9:42PM 84 min Arsenal, hounded by West Brom, go backwards from the corner until Rondon goes in too hard on Koscielny when attempting to close him down.  9:40PM 82 min Goroud replaces Lacazette, Ozil comes on for Sanchez. Both leave to hearty applause.  9:40PM 81 min Arsenal corner taken short to Bellerin. West Brom have atypically gone to sleep at a set-piece. Bellerin, 20 yards out, takes a stride and smashes a right-foot shot that is deflected over. Another corner but before that ... 9:38PM 79 min The crowd bays for Dawson's blood, or the very least a second yellow, when he brings down Sanchez from behind. Bobby Madley gives him a telling off instead. It's all Arsenal and has been all half.  9:37PM 76 min West Brom have the ball inside the Arsenal half and lift up a long ball for Rondon on the edge of the box. It was too steepling a pass for him to be able to meet it with any force. He knocked it up and Arsenal clear. Have had to make a correction, two entries ago: Nyom, not Rodriguez, departed. Virtual doppelgangers, how can anyone tell the difference?   9:36PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:34PM 75 min Lacazette tucks away the penalty Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images   9:32PM 73 min Matty Phillips comes on as West Brom's final sub. Nyom departs. Xhaka bludgeons a shot wide that was set up by Sanchez's exquisite trap with the sole of his boot and  chipped pass to Ramsey who laid it off with a no-look insouciance.  9:30PM 70 min Ball from the left over the top finds Lacazette in the area. Shades of Bergkamp 98 in the gorgeously cushioned first touch, but the second touch and finish are dreadful, bloodless cover versions. Like something by Nouvelle Vague.   9:27PM 68 min Ramsey goes on a run into the box from the left along the byline. Nyom, in pursuit, attempts to go shoulder to shoulder with him and charge but fails his anatomy viva by connecting his shoulder with the middle of Ramsey's back, sending him flying in the process. There's a time and a place for a risj-free shoulder charge in the box in any case. 1959 to be exact. What was he thinking?  9:25PM GOAL! West Brom up against it now - Alexandre Lacazette makes it 2-0 to Arsenal. Arsenal 2 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 67 min) 9:24PM Lacazette scores Squeezes  it in the bottom right corner. 9:24PM Arsenal penalty Lacazette will take.  9:24PM 65 min Bellerin gets another cross in from the right that is blocked by Evans. Check out his touch map for how influential he has become as an attacking force.  Average touch positions (66 min)   9:21PM 64 min Second West Brom sub: Rondon on, Hal Double-Banger off.  9:20PM 63 min West Brom sub: James Morrison, a veteran of that victory at the Emirates in 2010, replaces Livermore.  9:20PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 9:19PM 62 min Arsenal attack up the right with Elneny and Bellerin interchanging passes until Elneny goes for the cross that Gibbs blocks.  9:18PM 60 min Kolasinac shoves Nyom over and West Brom have a free-kick just inside the Arsenal half. Up go the centre-backs, Krychowiak bends it with his right foot towards the 18 yard line but sends it too deep into the box, allowing Cech the time to reach it and punch clear.   9:16PM 58 min Krychowiak overhits a pass up the right intended for Nyom but Kolasinac gets there first because of the extra weight of the delivery. West Brom have been garbage so far this half.  9:14PM 55 min Arsenal free-kick on the left after Krychowiak brings down Elneny and goes into the book. Sanchez will take and whips it to the near post to meet Monreal's run but Dawson stands firm.  9:12PM 53 min Cute corner routine from Arsenal. It's spun to the neat post and Mustafi's run. He tries to backheel it in on the run but Foster was wise to it and pulls off a very smart save.  9:11PM 51 min Kolasinac goes bullocking down the left and squares the ball to Elneny in the box. he takes a clever touch then rolls it to Lacazette. The centre-forward shoots on target ... until Gibbs throws himself at it and makes a vital block that diverts the ball over the bar.  9:08PM 50 min Dawson, bamboozled by Sanchez's quick feet, counters with some brute force, illegally. Free-kick that comes to naught.   9:07PM 48 min Good pass from the centre circle from Xhaka to Sanchez who makes 10 yards and gives it him back and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession camped 25 yards out until Lacazette beats Livermore and spins a pass around to Bellerin advancing to the touchline. He has one option, to whistle a low cross through the six-yard box which he does but Ramsey was too late making his back-post run and cannot get there so the ball is whisked away from danger.  9:04PM 46 min 'Does a terrific job, wherever he is,' says Alan Parry of  Tony Pulis. Is that faint praise? Livermore dispossesses Xhaka and bombs on into the Arsenal half. He feeds Krychowiak who is robbed by the alert Monreal.  8:53PM Here's that Mustafi foul on Rodriguez Mustafi slides through Rodriguez Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS   8:48PM Half time Arsenal look very vulnerable on the break, down the flanks particularly. Sanchez is playing very well as an attacking force and is linking promisingly with Lacazette. Elneny has had some bright touches but they are allowing West Brom too many chances for comfort so far.  8:46PM 45 min The free-kick hits a well-stationed Arsenal defender and is nodded out for the corner. The second phase ball from the corner whizzes through the six-yard box, Bellerin misses his intended clearance and Rodriguez, from the tightest angle when played in by Barry's cute header, can't turn it in beyond the far post.  8:46PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:46PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:45PM 44 min Arsenal are penalised for Kolasinac's challenge on the left. Sanchez protests, places his arm on Bobby Madley's chest to remonstrate and is booked. Sanchez continues to stew and  continues 'on the argue', as one character puts it in Down and Out in Paris and London. Madley calls over his captain Koscielny to witness the final warning.  8:43PM 42 min Another chance for the Baggies from a throw on the left that begets a cross for Rodriguez. The centre-forward makes a glancing header at the near post but his connection is too slight so it goes horizontally through the six-yard area. Robson-Kanu is two shoe sizes away from turning it in. It's very quiet again and you can hear Pulis bellowing.  8:41PM 41 min The chance a minute ago was aided by Ramsey's wayward pass. Now Eleneny loses the ball cheaply and Rodriguez scuds a low shot wide. He hit it with his right and it kept going past the left post.  8:40PM 40 min West Brom should have scored and would have but for Monreal's tenacity. A hanging left-wing cross is met by Rodriguez who makes a complete moose of his connection. It still dribbles towards goal, past the committed Cech and Monreal sprints after it and hooks it off the line.  8:38PM 37 min Sanchez takes and gets it over the wall, aiming for the right post. It panics Foster who scrambles across goal in a fluster but it's a good yard wide.  Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal   8:36PM 35 min Lacazette's fast feet to move the ball away from Evans 25 yards out results in an Arsenal free-kick because Evans, in a tangle steps on top of Lacazette's foot. Snachez to take. It's pretty central and Foster is making himself hoarse lining up his wall.  8:34PM 34 min Sanchez appeals for a penalty from the corner because Krychowiak has a fistful of his shirt. Which he does but Bobby Madley, not for the first time, doesn't see it that way.  8:33PM 32 min Great pass from Sanchez, stroked with his right instep to the right of the six-yard box after more promising foraging graft from Eleneny in the D. Ramsey was perhaps a touch too wide but he spun on the ball quickly and fired a shot at Foster who saved sharply from five yards though the angle was in his favour. Corner.  8:33PM Time on ball (14 - 29 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:31PM 30 min Koscielny races out to the right of his defence to stop Rodriguez's advance. Tony Pulis must think Bellerin and Koscielny leave enough space for Rodriguez and Gibbs to exploit as both keep popping up behind the Arsenal wing-back. Robson-Kanu too has faded a few runs out there but it does leave only Krychowiak to bomb into the box if they do create something with numbers in that gap.  8:28PM 28 min Excellent close control from Monreal allows him to elude Nyom and Dawson as he glides into the box. Eventually he runs out of space to dig a shot out that would have gone over Foster but that may have been because Nyom was, by then, illegally impeding him.  8:27PM 26 min  Elneny moved the ball quickly in the box to Kolasinac after some smart short passing from Lacazette and Sanchez. Kolasinac gave it him back but he had made a different run to the one the left-back anticipated.  8:25PM 24 min Here's Lacazette's finish: Lacazette makes it 1-0 to [the] Arsenal Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP   8:24PM 22 min Tony Pulis, aggrieved by the lack of a penalty for his side, and possibly arguing its stonebonker quotient, is protesting the award of the free-kick for Evans' trip of Elneny as he tried to pick up Bellerin's prodded pass. He went down like a flipping Big Mary but I think there was contact.  8:21PM 21 min Sanchez chips the free-kick right into the meat of the crossbar via Foster's fingertip. Lacazette, in like Flynn to beat Hegazi and co, has a simple nod-in to score another goal at home. 8:20PM GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal to make it 1-0! Arsenal 1 - 0 West Brom (Alexandre Lacazette, 20 min) 8:19PM Goal!! Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead.  8:19PM 18 min Elneny, who is having a good game, is blocked by Evans just to the right of the D. Free-kick that Sanchez tees up. 8:18PM 16 min Lacazette runs the inside-right channel but isn't played in. Back come West Brom. Ramsey looks uncomfortable in this role on the right but not half as out of sorts as Koscielny who flays a simple clearance into touch.  8:17PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Arsenal vs West Brom 8:15PM 14 min Robson-Kanu gives Bellerin a chasing down the Albion left. Mustafi helps him out but the ball breaks to Gibbs who smashes a left-foot shot over the bar, as if all his Christmases had come at once. He gave it the kitchen sink (and twin-tub washing machine) 8:14PM 11 min Arsenal set up a chance at the near post with Elneny's hanging crossfield pass. Bellerin stands it up and Ramsey heads over. It's all gone ridiculously quiet at the Emirates, perhaps because Arsenal look rattled at the back and should have been penalised with a penalty.  8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Livermore's attempt to latch on to the rebound. As Monreal and Kolasinac dived in Livermore skewed his effort round the post. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal vs West Bromwich: live score updates

Arsenal vs West Brom all the latest great offers and suggested bets    8:12PM West Brom have their first sight of goal West Brom respond to the earlier Arsenal effort with their first shot of the game. Arsenal vs West Brom shots on goal 8:12PM 9 min West Brom are denied a cast iron penalty when a mistake by Bellerin lets Rodriguez chase a hare down the left. He sprints after the through-ball from Barry into the box, Mustafi slides in and catches him with his foot, felling him at the ankles. No whistle so Rodriguez leaps up and shoots. Cech tips it on to the post and they squeeze our Robson-Kanu's attempt to latch on to the rebound. Did the referee play the advantage? He shouldn't have.   Take On: Arsenal 0 - 0 West Brom (Jay Rodriguez, 8 min)   8:11PM Arsenal enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Arsenal have had 121 touches of the ball compared to 31 by West Brom. Arsenal vs West Brom 8:07PM 7 min Arsenal build from the back by switching via Cech from right to left but they make little headway into the West Brom half until they move it back to the right and Gibbs' gets his toe in to concede a throw-in. Pulis screams across at Nyom to adjust his position and from 10 yards inside the Baggies' box Arsenal go back to Cech.  8:05PM 5 min Sanchez is tripped 19 yards out by the angle of the box on the left. Sanchez takes it himself and tries to bend a shot round the wall and in at the far post but it keeps to the virtuous path and doesn't curl enough to trouble a static Foster.  8:03PM 3 min The corner doesn't beat the West Brom Sequoias. The ball falls to Bellerin at the edge of the box. The crowd urges him to shoot, but Ray Parlour he ain't so he lays it off.  8:02PM 2 min Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez, as you'd expect, are running their socks off to press Arsenal at the back but they break free and Sanchez earns a corner with a shimmy.  8:01PM 1 min Arsenal kick off  and move the ball from right to left. Bellerin plays the percentages to win a throw-in off Gibbs - 'welcome home Kieran' - and hurls it back to Cech.  7:58PM Here come the teams Arsenal double high five each other, slapping both palms above their heads, instigate, I think, by Monsieur Lacazette.   7:49PM Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger speak Says the Albion's formation is more of a swivel-four at the back when they've got the ball. Presumably meaning that when Gibbs slips into midfield, Evans takes over at left-back, and Dawson does the same for Nyom when he goes forward. Interesting.  Wenger was asked about Sanchez's form and fitness earning him a recall into the starting XI. He agrees that Sanchez showed 'against Doncaster' that he was approaching his best levels again but he emphasises he is not guaranteed a place even if he is in peak form. 'That depends, as always, on the team.' I suppose that means he is trying to stress that he devotes more to analysis of the opposition and makes more appropriate changes than his critics contend.  7:40PM Here's the man of the moment Gareth Barry makes his 633rd Premier League appearance, admirable indeed but still 216 short of Peter Shilton's English top division record. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge  "It’s a nice moment for myself," he says. "I’m very proud. But I’m going to put it to the back of my mind, and just try to win the game. I can think about it afterwards." 7:17PM Those teams in the orthodox style Arsenal Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka,  Elneny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs Ospina, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott,  Maitland-Niles.  Arsenal fans make their way into the Cologne section of the Emirates Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images West Brom Foster; Dawson, Hegazi, Evans; Nyom, Livermore,  Krychowiak, Barry, Gibbs; Rodriguez; Robson-Kanu. Subs Myhill, Yacob,  Morrison, Rondon, Phillips, Brunt, McClean.  Referee Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

Arsenal vs West Bromwich: live score updates

  7:08PM And here's the Albion �� Our starting XI for the clash with @Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium...#ARSWBA#COYB#WBApic.twitter.com/zwhAybY5cY— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017  Is that a 5-3-2? Can't work out that formation so easily. Hmm, let us ponder ... 7:06PM Good evening Straight into the team news: One hour to go - and that means it's time to reveal our team for #AFCvWBApic.twitter.com/WSZR5ZcCsu— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 25, 2017  Sanchez and Elneny start for Welbeck and Iwobi. 7:02PM Pre-match package What is it? It's only the Monday night Premier League meeting between high-flying West Bromwich Albion – they're 10th in the table – and Arsène Wenger's side who trail the Midlands side by a single point in 12th spot. When is it? Tonight, so that's Monday Sept 25, 2017. What time is kick-off? Referee Bobby Madley will get the match under way at 8pm (BST) prompt. Unless, that is, 20,000 West Brom fans turn up unannounced at the Emirates intending on creating some atmosphere in north London for this sure-to-be mouthwatering fixture. So, 8pm it is then. What TV channel is it on? The match will be shown live in all of its glory on Sky Sports 1. Alternatively, you can bookmark this here page and follow all of the build-up and minute-by-minute action with our very own Rob Bagchi before our match report from the ground drops. What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Mesut Özil  is in contention to return to the Arsenal starting line-up  after struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in last week's League Cup win over Doncaster Rovers. Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem. Arsenal (possible, 3-4-3): Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerín, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Lacazette, Sánchez. Out: Cazorla (Achilles), Chambers (hip) Coquelin (hamstring), Welbeck (groin). Suspensions: None. Pick your Arsenal XI to start against West Bromwich Albion West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs's record if he features for Tony Pulis's side. Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. West Bromwich Albion (possible, 4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs; Yacob, Barry; Phillips, Krychowiak, Rodriguez; Rondón. Tests: Brunt (calf), Burke (hamstring), Chadli (thigh). ​Suspensions: None. Pick your West Bromwich Albion XI to start against Arsenal What are they saying? "West Brom have the culture of the Premier League, a manager who knows how the league works. They are very strong on set-pieces, solid defensively - it's tough to score against them."Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger  “I’ve got something in mind that I want to use and I think it will suit the players we’ve got. I’ve got a great record against them at home for whichever clubs I’ve managed in the Premier League – but I must admit the record at their stadium is the opposite. It would be nice to change that.”West Brom manager Tony Pulis What does the table look like?  What are the odds? Arsenal to win: 4/11 Draw: 4/1 West Bromwich Albion to win: 8/1 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What's our prediction? Apart from the impressive goalless draw away to Chelsea last Sunday Arsenal have failed to convince this season while West Brom are West Brom – hard to beat, albeit apart from their last away game against Brighton. Arsenal must not concede set-pieces or they will be in trouble. Another tight game can be expected and frustration for Arsenal. Jason Burt's prediction: 1-1  

​Arsenal Defender Hector Bellerin Posts Hilarious Tweet Following Jack Wilshere's Comeback

​Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin welcomed teammate Jack Wilshere back to the starting XI with a Twitter post regarding the Spaniard's nighttime activities.  The England international was named in the Gunners' opening line-up for the first time since May 2016 during the north Londeners' 1-0 Carabao Cup win over League One side Doncaster Rovers after returning from a year-long loan spell at Bournemouth.  Hector's a big fan of @JackWilshere, but aren't we all. #afc #arsenal #JW10...

​Arsenal Defender Hector Bellerin Posts Hilarious Tweet Following Jack Wilshere's Comeback

​Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin welcomed teammate Jack Wilshere back to the starting XI with a Twitter post regarding the Spaniard's nighttime activities.  The England international was named in the Gunners' opening line-up for the first time since May 2016 during the north Londeners' 1-0 Carabao Cup win over League One side Doncaster Rovers after returning from a year-long loan spell at Bournemouth.  Hector's a big fan of @JackWilshere, but aren't we all. #afc #arsenal #JW10...

Carabao Cup Third Round - Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Third Round - Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - September 20, 2017 Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez reacts REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Alexis Sanchez is no more important to Arsenal than any other player, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez is no more important than any other player at Arsenal, after making him play against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Wenger refuted suggestions that there was any ulterior motive in his decision to leave Sanchez on the bench against Chelsea on Sunday and then give him a full 90 minutes against League One opposition in midweek, explaining that Sanchez was still working his way to full fitness. “Look, there is no disguised attitude on my side,” Wenger said. “For me, the Europa League and League Cup are important as well. I gave him a long holiday, and after that he came back not really fit. "It took us time to get him back, and then he got injured. You could see that he’s coming back sharp now. Alexis Sanchez returns to Arsenal training “All the players are [important], he is not more than any other. I used a team at Chelsea who could be strong on the counter-attack and fight very hard, and Sanchez could have played if he was 100 per cent fit. "There is no hierarchy. I have six or seven strikers, so if I go in one game with three strikers, the three who have not played will play in midweek, no matter what competition it is.” Is Sanchez still 100 per cent happy and focused at Arsenal? “That’s the impression I have, yes.” Elsewhere, Danny Welbeck is out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania in early October. “He has a groin injury,” Wenger said. “His target is Watford, after the international break. He won’t be available for England, and not for us.” Also out until after the international break is Calum Chambers, who aggravated an old hip problem during the Doncaster game and failed to appear for the second half. But Theo Walcott should be fit for the game against West Brom on Monday night despite getting a kick on the back of the knee. He will be monitored during Thursday and Wenger said: “We don’t think it’s much.” Mesut Ozil is due to return to full first-team training on Thursday or Friday after his knee injury and should also be fit for Monday. Monday’s match will be the first time Kieran Gibbs comes up against the club he joined at the age of 14. Gibbs left for West Brom in the summer in search of first-team football, and Wenger said: “It will be strange to see him in a different shirt, because he is a player who was educated here from a very young age. "He became an English international here, he made a good career here, and Arsenal is very proud about that.” One problem your team inexplicably failed to address this summer, and how to fix it for now  

How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

Arsene Wenger may have shifted his League Cup selection policy from fielding a youth team to giving fringe players minutes, but the competition is still the best place to see Arsenal youngsters in competitive action.  On Wednesday night, the focus was on three academy graduates who were given the chance to impress in the Carabao Cup third-round win over Doncaster Rovers. Telegraph Sport runs the rule over the trio, and assesses their chances of making a breakthrough into the first team.  Reiss Nelson Most of the pre-match excitement about Arsene Wenger's team selection on Wednesday night was the chance to see the highly-rated 17-year-old Reiss Nelson, whose squad number is more than three times his age. Nelson has been with the club since the age of nine and impressed in pre-season with his swashbuckling displays in the Emirates Cup and on the tour of Australia. He also came on for the final minutes of last week's 3-1 Europa League win against Cologne, but this was a full debut.  As he did against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, Nelson started in the right wing-back position, though it quickly became apparent that he had only a passing interest in defending, often bombing beyond Theo Walcott or meandering inside. Nelson's suspect positioning was perhaps unsurprising given that he plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for the under-23s, for whom he has scored six goals in five appearances this season.  His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors' goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from.  Reiss Nelson gets involved for Arsenal against Doncaster on Wednesday night  There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster's night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott.  The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren.  With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side's attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. Expect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal's other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy).  Arsenal youngsters to watch this season Ainsley Maitland-Niles At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder.  Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week.  Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left.  In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out. Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable.  Ainsley Maitland-Niles is forced to defend on Wednesday night Josh Dasilva When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season.  Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva - another English academy graduate - looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct.  His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongside the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season.  Josh Dasilva plays the ball out from defence against Doncaster But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will have learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to.  It would be a surprise if Dasilva's future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an 'Invincible' central defender. 

How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

Arsene Wenger may have shifted his League Cup selection policy from fielding a youth team to giving fringe players minutes, but the competition is still the best place to see Arsenal youngsters in competitive action.  On Wednesday night, the focus was on three academy graduates who were given the chance to impress in the Carabao Cup third-round win over Doncaster Rovers. Telegraph Sport runs the rule over the trio, and assesses their chances of making a breakthrough into the first team.  Reiss Nelson Most of the pre-match excitement about Arsene Wenger's team selection on Wednesday night was the chance to see the highly-rated 17-year-old Reiss Nelson, whose squad number is more than three times his age. Nelson has been with the club since the age of nine and impressed in pre-season with his swashbuckling displays in the Emirates Cup and on the tour of Australia. He also came on for the final minutes of last week's 3-1 Europa League win against Cologne, but this was a full debut.  As he did against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, Nelson started in the right wing-back position, though it quickly became apparent that he had only a passing interest in defending, often bombing beyond Theo Walcott or meandering inside. Nelson's suspect positioning was perhaps unsurprising given that he plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for the under-23s, for whom he has scored six goals in five appearances this season.  His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors' goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from.  Reiss Nelson gets involved for Arsenal against Doncaster on Wednesday night  There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster's night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott.  The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren.  With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side's attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. Expect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal's other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy).  Arsenal youngsters to watch this season Ainsley Maitland-Niles At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder.  Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week.  Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left.  In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out. Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable.  Ainsley Maitland-Niles is forced to defend on Wednesday night Josh Dasilva When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season.  Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva - another English academy graduate - looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct.  His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongside the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season.  Josh Dasilva plays the ball out from defence against Doncaster But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will have learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to.  It would be a surprise if Dasilva's future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an 'Invincible' central defender. 

How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

Arsene Wenger may have shifted his League Cup selection policy from fielding a youth team to giving fringe players minutes, but the competition is still the best place to see Arsenal youngsters in competitive action.  On Wednesday night, the focus was on three academy graduates who were given the chance to impress in the Carabao Cup third-round win over Doncaster Rovers. Telegraph Sport runs the rule over the trio, and assesses their chances of making a breakthrough into the first team.  Reiss Nelson Most of the pre-match excitement about Arsene Wenger's team selection on Wednesday night was the chance to see the highly-rated 17-year-old Reiss Nelson, whose squad number is more than three times his age. Nelson has been with the club since the age of nine and impressed in pre-season with his swashbuckling displays in the Emirates Cup and on the tour of Australia. He also came on for the final minutes of last week's 3-1 Europa League win against Cologne, but this was a full debut.  As he did against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, Nelson started in the right wing-back position, though it quickly became apparent that he had only a passing interest in defending, often bombing beyond Theo Walcott or meandering inside. Nelson's suspect positioning was perhaps unsurprising given that he plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for the under-23s, for whom he has scored six goals in five appearances this season.  His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors' goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from.  Reiss Nelson gets involved for Arsenal against Doncaster on Wednesday night  There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster's night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott.  The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren.  With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side's attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. Expect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal's other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy).  Arsenal youngsters to watch this season Ainsley Maitland-Niles At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder.  Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week.  Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left.  In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out. Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable.  Ainsley Maitland-Niles is forced to defend on Wednesday night Josh Dasilva When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season.  Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva - another English academy graduate - looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct.  His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongside the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season.  Josh Dasilva plays the ball out from defence against Doncaster But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will have learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to.  It would be a surprise if Dasilva's future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an 'Invincible' central defender. 

How excited should Arsenal be about latest group of youngsters? Scouting report from Doncaster Carabao Cup win

Arsene Wenger may have shifted his League Cup selection policy from fielding a youth team to giving fringe players minutes, but the competition is still the best place to see Arsenal youngsters in competitive action.  On Wednesday night, the focus was on three academy graduates who were given the chance to impress in the Carabao Cup third-round win over Doncaster Rovers. Telegraph Sport runs the rule over the trio, and assesses their chances of making a breakthrough into the first team.  Reiss Nelson Most of the pre-match excitement about Arsene Wenger's team selection on Wednesday night was the chance to see the highly-rated 17-year-old Reiss Nelson, whose squad number is more than three times his age. Nelson has been with the club since the age of nine and impressed in pre-season with his swashbuckling displays in the Emirates Cup and on the tour of Australia. He also came on for the final minutes of last week's 3-1 Europa League win against Cologne, but this was a full debut.  As he did against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, Nelson started in the right wing-back position, though it quickly became apparent that he had only a passing interest in defending, often bombing beyond Theo Walcott or meandering inside. Nelson's suspect positioning was perhaps unsurprising given that he plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for the under-23s, for whom he has scored six goals in five appearances this season.  His confidence and ability going forward was evident all night, with his bursts up the right flank causing havoc in the Doncaster defence and a couple of efforts drawing smart saves from the visitors' goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Defensively though, Nelson was shaky and he was twice badly caught out in the second half to gift Doncaster openings that more clinical forwards would have profited from.  Reiss Nelson gets involved for Arsenal against Doncaster on Wednesday night  There was a moment in the first half that summarised the youngster's night, when he made a mess of a clearance before moments later using his searing pace to dribble away with the ball and then play a perfectly-weighted pass up the line for Theo Walcott.  The important things to remember with Nelson are his age and inexperience. He is only 17, and prior to the summer had never played in defence. Fortunately for him, Wenger has quite the pedigree in converting naturally attacking players into excellent full-backs, including Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Lauren.  With his speed, athleticism and eagerness to get involved in his side's attacks, Nelson is in many ways the prototype Wengerian full-back. Expect to see more of him before the season is out, especially with Arsenal's other back-up right wing-back options either on loan (Carl Jenkinson) or out of favour (Mathieu Debuchy).  Arsenal youngsters to watch this season Ainsley Maitland-Niles At 20 years old and having made seven appearances last season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a relative veteran compared to Nelson. Maitland-Niles, a local lad who joined Arsenal at the age of six, is known for his versatility but said in the pre-match programme that he views himself as a central midfielder.  Having played as a defender for Arsenal previously, Maitland-Niles started as a left wing-back against Doncaster, which he also did against Cologne last week.  Like Nelson, it was clear early on that Maitland-Niles had more interest in attacking than defending. He got forward very effectively in the first half, and put in a number of dangerous crosses as he combined well with Alexis Sanchez down the Arsenal left.  In the second half, Maitland-Niles was more disciplined, as he recognised the need to hold his position and support the callow Josh Dasilva, who had come on at half-time in central defence. Maitland-Niles also showed superb speed and awareness to charge back and deny Alfie May after Nelson had been horribly caught out. Wenger says that Maitland-Niles is "close" to playing more regularly, while the player himself said on Wednesday that he is targeting a few Premier League stars this season. He certainly looks ready to step up, and could offer a solution to the defensive midfield area where Arsenal look so vulnerable.  Ainsley Maitland-Niles is forced to defend on Wednesday night Josh Dasilva When Calum Chambers was forced off with a hip injury at half-time, Nacho Monreal seemed the obvious choice to come on as the left-sided centre-back in the Arsenal back three. Instead Wenger turned to Josh Dasilva, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who only broke into the Arsenal under-21 side towards the end of last season.  Besides being physically imposing and left-footed, Dasilva - another English academy graduate - looked about as equipped for the role as the FA investigating misconduct.  His first two contributions were to pass the ball straight to an opposition player, and then get nutmegged in front of his manager. Shortly after, he got himself in a tangle and was turned by Matty Blair, before Per Mertesacker exhorted him to focus and move up alongside the rest of the back three. At times it felt as though Dasilva had been brought on to give Mertesacker some practice for his role as academy manager, which he will start next season.  Josh Dasilva plays the ball out from defence against Doncaster But as the second half wore on, Dasilva settled down and began to show his technical proficiency and comfort on the ball. He is clearly very talented, and will have learned a huge amount from playing out of position, and at a level higher than what he is used to.  It would be a surprise if Dasilva's future was at the back, but then Wenger did a similar conversion job on Kolo Toure, who arrived as a winger and became an 'Invincible' central defender. 

Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers: 5 things we learned as Theo Walcott strike sees Gunners sneak through in EFL Cup

Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers: 5 things we learned as Theo Walcott strike sees Gunners sneak through in EFL Cup

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

Jose Mourinho suggests scrapping League Cup - 'Could English football survive without this competition? Maybe'

Jose Mourinho suggested on Wednesday night that he would not be averse to the Carabao Cup being scrapped, primarily in the belief that one less domestic distraction could benefit English clubs in Europe. For as long as the competition remains, though, it is clear the Manchester United manager will embrace it. From the moment he arrived in England with Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho has attached plenty of significance to the League Cup and it was no different here as the Portuguese took a purposeful first step towards retaining the trophy – and an unprecedented fifth success in the competition – as United brushed aside Burton Albion. The holders’ reward is a trip to Swansea City in the fourth round. Yet given the option, Mourinho would be happy to live without it. “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager, and I want the players to think the same way,” he said “If you ask me, ‘Could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. “But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.” This was the fourth time in the past seven matches that United have found the net four times, although as pleasing to Mourinho as the volume of goals plundered this season – 24 in eight matches so far, for the record – was the identity of the scorers. Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min) Mourinho has not been shy about demanding more from his attacking players. Overly dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals last term, the manager was eager to guard against a similar situation developing with Romelu Lukaku this time around. But no one could accuse Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of failing to answer that call to arms, at least so far anyway. Burton simply could not live with them. Rashford took his tally to five goals in his past five games with a brace that kick-started this romp and now has almost half his total of 11 from last season, while Martial’s cool finish marked his fourth goal in just 280 minutes of football, not a bad return for a player who only got eight in the entirety of the previous campaign. In between times, another forward, Jesse Lingard, claimed his first goal of the season, albeit courtesy of a wicked deflection off Ben Turner, and Burton’s only consolation was a stoppage time goal from Lloyd Dyer. Lingard scored United's third with a deflected effort Credit: Reuters Nigel Clough had feared the worst. The Burton manager sat down to watch United’s game against Everton on Sunday but turned it off after 10 minutes, conscious that if the Merseyside club could not get out of their half, his own players would have no chance. That attitude was reflected in his team selection. Mourinho could afford to make nine changes – the surprise was Burton made as many, not least given Clough’s rich association with the competition. He won it twice as a player with Nottingham Forest under his dad Brian, who is the only manager with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson to have the distinction of winning this competition four times, and took Sheffield United to the semi-finals in 2015. But Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship clearly took precedence. The stand-ins did not disgrace themselves but this was a mismatch, even if Victor Lindelof, making only his third United start, did endure a couple of hairy moments in the first half – enough to suggest he might be a while longer before Mourinho bloods the Swede in the Premier League. At the other end of the pitch, though, Burton could not contain Rashford or Martial. Man Utd 4 - 0 Burton (Anthony Martial, 60 min) Rashford had scored twice inside 17 minutes and it was clear at that stage this was going to be a long night for the Championship side. Michael Carrick, making his first start of the season, drilled a low pass into Lingard, who held off Turner and laid the ball off to Rashford to clip his shot over Connor Ripley in the Burton goal. One became two when Tom Flanagan paid the price for not getting tight to Rashford, who collected Daley Blind’s pass and darted away from the Burton defender before planting a 20-yard shot into the corner. Lukaku applauded warmly from the substitutes’ bench. It was not entirely one-way traffic. A poor touch from Lindelof had given Luke Varney an early sight of goal and the United centre-half got himself into more bother when he lost the Burton striker, who teed up Joe Mason only for Sergio Romero to thwart his attempted chip. Jose Mourinho had called for more goals from his attacking players Credit: Getty images Still, Burton were struggling against the pace and movement of Rashford and Martial and the guile of Juan Mata, who hit a post after nutmegging Dyer, before Martial saw a scissor kick blocked by Flanagan. The third goal finally arrived in the 37th minute when Martial exchanged a one-two with Blind, then drove forward and teed up Lingard, whose shot deflected in off Turner. Mourinho brought on Luke Shaw for his first appearance since April 30 at half-time and switched to a three-man defence but the change did little to disrupt United’s rhythm. Martial was desperate for a goal. He had danced past two men but shot too close to Ripley but made no mistake on the hour when, after a delicious one-two with Rashford, the Frenchman finished coolly. 9:55PM Join us for the fourth round draw Here: Carabao Cup fourth round draw live. 9:54PM Full time Dyer scores again in the League Cup but it's not so much on the threshold of time but halfway through the door. United were very good at times,  the opposition notwithstanding. Burton battled gamely but there was an understandable gulf in class. Here's Dyer's goal. Man Utd 4 - 1 Burton (Lloyd Dyer, 90 + 1 min)   9:51PM 90+1 min Finally the opposition score at Old Trafford this season. Akers went off up the right, played in Murphy who bent a cross into the box where it was headed on. Pereira and Blind made a right Horlicks of it and it bobbled out to Dyer who drilled his shot into the net.    9:49PM Goal!! Man Utd 4-1 Burton (Dyer) 9:47PM Arsenal have won 1-0 Doncaster go out of the competition.  9:46PM 88 min He gets it over the wall but has out too much bend on it, merely a soupçon, a wafer-thin excess. It kisses the outside of the side netting. 9:45PM 87 min United free-kick juss to the left of the D. Martial to take ... 9:44PM 85 min Mason takes the ball away from Herrera, takes it five steps on and rolls it to Dyer who digs out a chip and lofts it over the bar.  9:40PM 81 min Lingard has done very well in the central role since half-time. It helps if you're winning so comfortably but his movement and especially his passing have been commendable.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:38PM 79 min Martial takes a diagonal pass through the inside-left channel, he takes  a touch then another to try to round Ripley which perhaps takes him too for for a left-foot finish. From an angle of about 345 degrees he bends a left-foot shot towards the far post but it bends back towards the field of play.  9:36PM 77 min Hope Akpan goes off for Albion to be replaced by Luke Akins. That's three Lukes on for Burton. What's your favourite gospel, Nigel?  9:35PM 76 min United sub: Ronero off, a rare goalkeeping sup. On comes Joel Pereira.  9:33PM 73 min Naylor yomps forward, makes 20 yards then pushes a pass out to Lund on the overlap up the right. He arcs a menacing cross to the back post that is met by Akpan, challenged by Smalling, who heads it over.  9:32PM 71 min Martial is having a whale of a time, bullocking up the left, weaving towards and then away form the touchline. He loses it, though, when he makes it into the box. Instead of dropping his head, though, in fear of the hook, he smiles ruefully.  9:28PM 69 min Shaw has an opportunity to shoot from 22 yards but plays the team man and curves a pass round intended for Herrera but Flanagan, in the absence of Allen who went off at half-term, makes the interception.  9:26PM 67 min Lingard drops deeper to arrow a pass out to the right for McTominay who runs through to try to meet it 18 yards out but Warnock, the former Liverpool, Blackburn, Villa Leeds, Derby and England left-back, just edges him and belts the ball behind.  9:24PM 65 min Martial is playing through the middle now but United are having a prolonged spell of keepball at the back.  9:22PM Manchester United sub Rashford off, McTominay on. The former hasn't scored a hat-trick yet for United but he'll have to wait.  9:21PM 62 min Martial taps the ball up to Rashford by the D who takes it back to goal, controls it with his first touch and lays it into his team-mate's path with the second as he turned. Martial receives it in his stride and sweeps his shot past Ripley from 18 yards. Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:18PM Goal!! Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion (Martial) 9:17PM 58 min Sensational touch from Martial 10 yards outside the Burton box to control the pass and roll Flanagan by moving it forward with his sole but his shot after the slalom run, when he opened his body and aimed for the bottom right corner, wasn't pushed wide enough and gave Ripley a chance to reach it at full-stretch.  9:15PM 56 min Interesting point from Danny Higginbotham noting how much Shaw can help Rashford or Martial - whoever plays on the left. That Blind doesn't have the pace and that Darmian and Young are right-footed so cut inside. But if Shaw hits full fitness and his confidence can be restored, his ability to go buzzing down the line occupies a defender and creates space for the left-winger. United are passing it around in midfield in case you were wondering.  9:13PM 54 min Shaw opens up a run for Lingard with a pass into space down the right. Dogged work from Flanagan thwarts the opportunity when he snaps into a tackle to whip it away from Lingard.  Possession: Man Utd vs Burton   9:11PM 52 min Rashford sprints 20 yards to try to put the frighteners on Ripley who calmly whacks it long at the last moment. He must have felt Rashford's breath on him. The ball flies up the Albion right and Shaw controls it with a classy touch and turns away from danger.  9:08PM 49 min Luke Shaw makes a tremendous run in from the left, held it by running horizontally for a while and then darted towards the box. Picked out by a superb Carrick pass he rolls it past Ripley a split-second after the referee blew. The replay shows he was on Lund's shoulder, his left foot the only thing that was offside.  9:05PM 47 min Quick Burton attack after winning the ball from the kick-off. Akpan gets beyond Rashford to meet Plamer's swerving cross but wastes the service. United are playing a back three now with Lindelof-Smalling-Blind.  9:04PM Three half-time changes Luke Shaw replaces the wonderful Juan Mata for United. Burton bring on Luke Murphy and Stephen Warnock for Ben Turner and Jamie Allen.   Lingard scores Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images   9:01PM The only negative for United so far Has been defensively. They've let Burton's reserves have five chances, two of them gilded. It's not all Lindelof's fault but he has looked the most unconvincing of the four.  8:55PM What a difference a year makes 2016-17. MUFC score 15th home goal on Nov 24th in ninth H game. 2017-18. MUFC score 15th home goal on Sept 20th after four and bit H games.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 20, 2017 8:52PM Half-time It's raining heavily as the teams go off. Job done. Changes for the second half likely with run outs for Shaw and McTominay. Look how high Blind is and how many touches Dyer has had, consequently making Darmian the deeper of the United full-backs. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal  And the shot map. It's all about the accuracy ... and the frequency.  Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:47PM 45 min Varney takes on Carrick in a race through the box to the byline and cuts back a pass to the edge of the area. No one there.  8:45PM 43 min Varney leaps for a clearance in the centre-circle and gets a good 4ft in the air. His left leg clatters into Smalling's head and Burton are given a free-kick. Smalling looks as though he's been mugged.  8:44PM 42 min Slightest chance for Burton when the two Mattys team up, Palmer from the left crossing for Lund at the back stick who spoons his shot wide.  8:42PM 40 min Lingard goes down in the box after haring past Turner who chased him into the area. There was a touch from the defender and we could charitably say that Lingard is such an express that the merest touch was the reason he went sprawling. But the bump wasn't enough to warrant a penalty.  8:40PM 38 min It may be given as an own goal as the deflection from Turner was the key to beating Ripley but I think it was just about on target. It was made by Martial, who has been excellent. He played another neat passing move with Blind, advanced on a diagonal heading and stabbed a disguised pass through to Lingard when he looked as if he was shaping to shoot. That bit of skill diddled the defence and gave Lingard the space to hit it. It says Mata on this graphic but I'd swear it was Blind. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:37PM GOAL!! Man Utd 3-0 Burton (Lingard) 8:36PM 34 min Some respite for Burton up the left with a spell of possession until Dyer and Varney run out of space.  8:34PM Arsenal lead 1-0 at half-time Through Walcott's goal.  8:34PM 31 min Another quick turn from Mata in the box and a speared shot at Ripley that's saved. He's popping up all over the place, a ginger-bearded, philanthropic whack-a-Mata. Ripley is earning his keep. Man Utd vs Burton shots on goal   8:32PM 29 min Brilliant from Mata after United defend the corner comfortably. He receives the ball on the angle of the Burton box to the right. He sends Palmer off to buy a pint of milk with a feint and a shimmy then thrashes a left-foot shot against the foot of the post. It deflects out to Herrera who lifts it to the far post where Martial contorts himself into a scissor kick that some brave soul wears and deflects out for a corner.  8:29PM 26 min Chances at both ends First Martial goes kipping through the box and take son one too many defenders, losing the ball when he could have shot a couple of seconds earlier. Then he redeems himself by setting up Rashford for a header that Ripley saves because he held his nerve and stayed upright long enough when the striker expected him to go down. Then Burton break, Varney skins the very shaky Lindelof and squares to Mason through the six-yard box. If he lifts it over Romero, it's a goal but he doesn't get enough elevation and only gets a corner for all Varney's efforts.    Here's goal No2 for Rashford.  Rashford makes it two Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images   8:25PM 23 min Rashford has a chance of a hat-trick, created by himself as he sprints down the right, beats Flanagan and flashes a shot at Ripley. Thirty seconds later Martial squares for Mata in the box, 10 yards out and he scoops his shot straight at Ripley.  8:22PM 20 min Wayward pass from Lindelof from the right touchline, makes a gift of the ball to Akpan who stuns it and moves forward. Herrera bundles him down to stop the break. Free-kick to Burton's reserves who lose the ball in two phases.  8:20PM 18 min Takes the ball in the inside-left position, plays a lovely triangle with Carrick and Blind. He takes the return, spins, slips Turner, takes two strides then whacks in a dippin shot that creeps in at the near post. Terrific finish again.   Man Utd 2 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 17 min)   8:18PM Goal!! Man Utd 2-0 Burton (Rashford)  8:17PM 15 min Martial runs back to Rob Lund. Mourinho has turned him into a much more disciplined player - but has he also trodden on his off-the-cuff creativity? Here's the goal: Rashford scores Credit: ANDREW YATES/Reuters   8:15PM 13 min Dyer is awarded a free-kick for a trip by Darmian. A trip followed by a grapple. The free-kick is parallel with the penalty spot, out on  the left. It's spun to the back post with the right foot, swinging in towards the far post. Romero goes up with Mason who is penalised for shoving him.  8:13PM Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Theo Walcott scores, controlling a 40-yard diagonal pass over the defence on the right of the box. He cushions it and belts it past the keeper.  8:10PM 9 min Manchester United fans 'all hate Leeds scum'. It's been 13 years and they still sing it. Not famous any more? Right. Shot by Martial on the left of the box is well-saved by the talented Mr Ripley.  8:09PM 7 min Chances at both ends: first Lingard is set free to run down the inside-right channel on a diagonal burst to  meet the pass and shoot but it's blocked by a sliding defender. Burton clear and Jamie Allen gulls Mata and tries to chip Romero from 20 yards but hoists his shot on to the roof of the net.  8:07PM 5 min Ball up the middle to Lingard just beyond the D. He has his back to goal and lays it off cutely to his left for Rashford who lifts a crisp shot over Ripley's dive. Good finish that, and a good pass from Lingard.  Man Utd 1 - 0 Burton (Marcus Rashford, 5 min)   8:05PM Goal!! Man Utd 1-0 Burton (Rashford) 8:05PM 4 min Dyer is 35 but still has the legs to keep pace with Lingard and he kettles him in the corner quadrant for a few seconds before nicking it off him.  8:04PM 3 min Herrera spins off up the right and wins a throw in that comes to naught. United fans are singing their favourite Herman's Hermits song which spurs Burton into life. Lund threads a pass to the right of the area and Varney scuds a low shot straight at Romero.  8:02PM 1 min Burton kick off, set up in a 3-5-2. They play it back to Flanagan who launches it 50 yards up the left, Dyer chases and wins a throw off Darmian which quickly produces another. Lingard sticks to Dyer this time and pushes him back into his own half.   8:00PM Here come the teams And therefore here comes the ad break. Speaking of which ... Tonight's Carabao Cup betting offers including Manchester United to beat Burton at 16/1 7:52PM Why so many changes, Nigel? To reward the players who got us this far. Fair enough. 'Is this one of the best squads you've ever had, Jose?' 'No.' 7:33PM Line-ups in the trad style Man Utd Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick,  Ander Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Substitutes Jones, Lukaku, Young, Shaw, Fellaini, McTominay, Joel Pereira.  Luke Shaw gets a place on the bench for United Credit:  Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton Albion Ripley, Lund, Turner, Flanagan, Naylor, Dyer,  Akpan, Palmer, Allen, Mason, Varney. Substitutes Warnock, McFadzean,  Murphy, Scannell, Akins, Sordell, Campbell.  Referee Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)  7:25PM Burton's fans are early birds The 'Holy Trinity' statue at Old Trafford is a focal point not only for fans of Best, Law and Charlton Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images Burton fans take their seats early Credit: JASON CAIRNDUFF/ACTION IMAGES   7:20PM We're going to be keeping an eye on Arsenal v Doncaster, too So, with that in mind, here are the teams: Arsenal Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers;  Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Nelson; Walcott, Sanchez;  Giroud. Substitutes Iwobi, Monreal, Akpom, Macey, Joseph Willock,  Da Silva, Nketiah.  Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Doncaster Rovers Lawlor, Blair, Butler, Whiteman, Wright, Kongolo,  Mason, Coppinger, Rowe, Houghton, May. Substitutes Toffolo, Alcock,  Marquis, Williams, Marosi, Mandeville, Garrett.  Referee Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear)  7:09PM And here's how Burton line up Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   7:07PM Carrick starts for Manchester United And Rashford plays through the middle: Tonight's #MUFC starting line-up... pic.twitter.com/kOamxnn6Nr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 20, 2017   6:57PM Good evening It's been more than 25 years since a Clough emerged victorious at Old Trafford and, painfully for United, it was a decisive defeat celebrated by Brian and Nigel when Nottingham Forest defeated title-chasing United and gave Leeds renewed hope in the title race. Nigel has been back as a manager as well as when playing for Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City when his Cpnference side lost 5-0 having held United in the home leg of their third round FA Cup tie in 2006, memorably recalled here by John Percy in conversation with Clough. We don't have to go too far back to find an example of when United crashed out of this competition early - the 4-0 away defeat by MK Dons in round two in 2014 which flashed the first significant signs that Louis van Gaal may have lost his Midas touch. You have to go much further back, 10 years to be precise, for an exit in this round - and at home and by a Championship side. That was Coventry City, who went to Old Trafford and won 2-0 with Michael Mifsud, still in Malta's squad scoring twice. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers But take a look at United's line-up from that match: Tomasz Kuszczak; Phil Bardsley, Jonny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson; Nani, Lee Martin, John O'Shea, Chris Eagles; Anderson;  Dong.  OK, I'll give you the centre-forward and perhaps Lee Martin who has had a good if not stellar career. But the rest of them were good enough, perhaps not ready enough, to cope with a Championship side. Still, by the season's end, when they had won the title for the second year running and the Champions League, memories of the visit of Cov were probably erased by the euphoria doing a Lacuna Inc job to leave them with the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.  Anderson, Dong Fangzhuo (left) and Chris Eagles (right) contemplate the coming hairdryer after Coventry score in 2007  Credit: DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS Jose Mourinho, a winner of this competition four times , has only one third round blemish to earse from his grey cells, the defeat by Charlton on penalties back in 2006. Of course he has grander ambitions but one thing that we should all agree is an admirable quality of the divisive Manchester United manager, he has no trophy snobbery whatsoever. If it glistens, he wants it.  Join us for the team news as soon as it drops. 

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