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League Cup round-up: Arsenal scrape past Doncaster, Chelsea demolish Nottingham Forest

League Cup round-up: Arsenal scrape past Doncaster, Chelsea demolish Forest

20/09/2017 at 20:38Updated 20/09/2017 at 22:34

Theo Walcott’s first-half strike helped Arsenal edge past Doncaster Rovers 1-0 in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.

Jack Wilshere made his first Arsenal start since May 2016, while Alexis Sanchez also featured as Arsene Wenger made wholesale changes.

But it was Walcott who scored the hosts’ first and only goal midway through the first half, calmly dinking the ball over the onrushing Ian Lawlor.

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Elsewhere, Michy Batshuayi’s hat-trick ensured Premier League champions Chelsea made light work of second-tier Nottingham Forest as they romped to a 5-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Kenedy got the ball rolling after 13 minutes, with Batshuayi adding a second shortly after in a match which saw Chelsea make nine changes and Forest eight.

Charly Musonda, making his first start for the Blues, netted their third just before half-time, while Batshuayi completed his hat-trick with two goals after the break. Tendayi Darikwa popped up with a late consolation for the visitors.

Leroy Sane's double guided Manchester City to a hard-fought 2-1 victory at West Brom.

The German broke the deadlock after just three minutes only for Claudio Yacob to level after half-time.

However, Sane had the last laugh, curling a delightful effort into the bottom corner after 77 minutes to send City into the fourth round.

Meanwhile, Everton eased past Sunderland 3-0, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring either side of half-time before Oumar Niasse added their third.

Both sides were wearing kits in tribute to Bradley Lowery, the young Sunderland fan who passed away in summer following a long battle with neuroblastoma.