Arsenal proceed at the expense of Leeds
Calum Chambers nodded home a goal within seconds of coming off the bench to set Arsenal on their way to the EFL Cup quarter-finals. In a game still searching for its defining moment, early in the second half, the 26-year-old replaced injured fellow-defender Ben White and was in just the right place to profit from a corner headed back across goal from Nicolas Pepe.
There was a slight delay before the goal was confirmed as over the line by ref Andre Marriner. Keeper Illan Meslier made a valiant attempt to stop it creeping over but was beaten by inches. Soon after, Eddie Nketiah bagged a second against the club he once played for on loan, seizing on a weak header back to his own goal from substitute Liam Cooper.
The striker nipped in ahead of Meslier to lift the ball over the advancing keeper’s head before running past him to tap home – albeit with a scuffed mishit. Arsenal have now won six out of their last eight games in all competitions and are unbeaten since August.
Gunners: (4-2-3-1) Leno – Soares, Holding (Tavares 75), White (Chambers 55), Kolasinac – Elneny (Lokonga 72), Maitland-Niles – Pepe, Smith Rowe (Lacazette 72), Martinelli – Nketiah.
Subs not used: Ramsdale, Partey, Saka, Balogun
Leeds: (3-3-3-1) Meslier – Drameh, Struijk, Llorente (Cooper 59) – Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw (Klich h/t) – James (Summerville 70), Roberts (Gelhardt 53), Harrison – Rodrigo (Greenwood 70).
Subs not used: Klaesson, Hjelde, Cresswell, McKinstry