Danny Welbeck shines as Arsenal F.C. book League Cup semis berth

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first_imgDanny Welbeck netted a goal as Arsenal edged past London rivals West Ham United 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who replaced all 11 starters from the weekend Premier League home win over Newcastle United, still had plenty of international pedigree as England striker Welbeck got the winner three minutes before halftime.Welbeck’s persistence in bundling home from close range was one of the few highlights, a solitary shot on target, in a dull derby but David Moyes’ side never threatened Arsenal, with a wayward Aaron Cresswell free kick proving their best effort.With Arsenal and Manchester City progressing, there is the prospect of two mouthwatering last-four clashes because on Wednesday holders Manchester United visit high-flying Championship side Bristol City and Chelsea host struggling Bournemouth.City’s stellar season gathered yet more momentum as the runaway Premier League leaders reached the League Cup semi-finals with a penalty shootout victory at Leicester City after a 1-1 draw following extra time on Tuesday.�?�? #DatGuy �?�? pic.twitter.com/Aq0emGYCmq- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 19, 2017Pep Guardiola’s City, even with a second-string team, maintained their 21-match unbeaten record in domestic matches this season, thanks once again in this competition to their reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.The visitors looked to have booked a semi-final place with a first-half Bernardo Silva goal until Leicester were awarded a soft looking penalty seven minutes into stoppage time which Jamie Vardy converted.But after extra time produced no further goals, Bravo, their hero with two saves in a penalty shootout win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the previous round, again delivered.advertisementWith City leading 4-3 in the shootout, Leicester’s two big guns, second-half substitutes Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who both helped change the game’s momentum, surprisingly misfired.Vardy’s spot kick clipped the outside of the right-hand post before Mahrez’s poor effort was saved by Chilean Bravo to clinch a City victory that utterly delighted Guardiola.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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