A rare double from Danny Welbeck and a not so rare late goal from Alexandre Lacazette was enough to put the visitors to the sword at The Emirates on Wednesday night.
You may remember we lost the final of the same competition last season, and would hope to go one better this time out, and this was a good start to the campaign, getting past a resolute Championship side who had come to town to upset the applecart something something.
Welbeck put us ahead on just five minutes with a bullet header, and then just 40 minutes later had doubled his tally, our lead and the scoreline with an amazing Arsenal-eque team goal.
Brentford’s own Alan Judge scored a terrific free-kick past our new German keeper Leno, but there was no comeback from the Bees, and Alexandre Lacazette scored a late third to see us safely through to the next round of the competition while Liverpool and Man United both bowed out, and Spurs needed penalties to squeak past Watford at their temporary makeshift third ground in Milton Keynes (no, really…) The draw for the next round inexplicably takes place on Saturday night at 9pm on a TV channel no one has heard of.
Tonight’s win now means we have won six on the bounce, and prepare for a third home game in a row and a visit from an in-form Watford side this weekend where we’ll be hoping to make it seven out of seven.
Welbeck’s Dad; Stan, wasn’t at the game as he was called away on a new bomb disposal mission*.
*Not done that one for a while.