Arsenal beat League One AFC Wimbledon to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and make it three wins in a row in all competitions. Alexandre Lacazette was making his first start since April and scored a penalty after Nesta Guinness-Walker fouled Gabriel Martinelli. Emile Smith Rowe converted from Lacazette’s pass and Eddie Nketiah’s lovely flicked backheel from Cedric Soares’ cross sealed the win. Arsenal host Leeds in round four.
The Gunners should have beaten the Dons by more after hitting the woodwork twice. Visiting goalkeeper Nik Tzanev tipped the ball onto his own bar in the first half, and Nuno Tavares later headed off the post. The Gunners named a strong team, with Nketiah the only member of the starting XI not to play in the Premier League this season. AFC Wimbledon did not manage a shot on target in the game. At Arsenal since 2017, Alexandre Lacazette seems to be heading towards an end of the adventure for the Gunners. Discussions for a contract extension are not moving in the right direction and the chances of the Frenchman leaving London in the coming months are high.
Diego Simeone & Atletico de Madrid are still interested and positioned on Alexandre Lacazette. The Colchoneros are naturally among the favorites to recover the former Lyonnais. Contact with its representatives has never been broken. And according to sources, Atletico has already validated the opening of a site for the arrival of a new number 9 next summer. Free from any contract, Alexandre Lacazette is naturally on the short-list and a priority file for the reigning Spanish champion.