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Saturday 16 December 2017

Walcott's winner

Arsenal 1 Doncaster 0

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

Arsenal made heavy weather of seeing off Doncaster to reach the fourth round of the League Cup with Theo Walcott scoring the only goal on a night where the returning Jack Wilshere stood out for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes from the side that drew at Chelsea on Sunday but included the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in a team that still boasted eight full internationals.

Wilshere was one of them and he starred on his first Arsenal start in 493 days, although it was Walcott who grabbed the vital goal to seal a comfortable but unspectacular 1-0 win.

After Doncaster's Rodney Kongolo forced David Ospina into a low save, the opening goal came after 25 minutes as Sanchez lofted a sumptuous ball over the Doncaster defence which Walcott collected before lofting a finish over Lawlor for his first of the campaign.

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