‘He didn’t listen to me!’ – Emery explains how Arsenal star ignored instructions vs Forest

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Arsenal progressed into the next round of the EFL Cup with a 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal put on a stunning display at the Emirates on Tuesday as they thrashed Championship side Nottingham Forest 5-0 to secure their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Unai Emery fielded a team of youngsters alongside Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi as Arsenal continued their League Cup campaign only 48 hours after beating Aston Villa 3-2 in the Premier League.

And while the attacking talents of Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson were on display, as all got on the scoresheet, Emery also made time to speak about the importance of defender Calum Chambers playing.

The Spaniard admitted the versatile defender had helped the team and praised the player’s attitude even if he didn’t listen to all of his manager’s instructions during in the match.

“He helped. He helped us in the training, in the dressing room and when you need him to play right back, centre back, left back like tonight, and if we can use him in the midfield also,” Emery said about Chambers after the final-whistle.

“His performance is starting with his attitude and his attitude is amazing.

“After that is his best position, but tonight for example I was telling him, when he was playing left back, be calm here, help and support Bukayo [Saka], give the ball to Dani Ceballos and he was overlapping a lot of times with Bukayo!

“He did one very good pass for the goal with Nelson. He didn’t listen to me!”

The game marked an important occasion for several Arsenal players, as Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin played their first games back after recovering from injuries.

Holding had been out injured for the last 10 months with a knee injury and the 24-year-old wasted no time in making his mark as he scored Arsenal’s second goal of the game.

Tierney, who joined from Celtic for £25m in the summer, made his debut after recovering from a groin problem and was received a stand ovation from fans as he was replaced by Hector Bellerin, who was making his first appearance after being out with a knee injury for the last nine months.

And after the game Emery admitted he was pleased with what he had seen from his players.

“The competition is important for us, it’s one title and it’s one opportunity for different players to take confidence, to take minutes and be helping us like tonight,” he said.

“And after, because I think the game was for us in 90 minutes very consistent and some different players gave us their performance.

“Also Rob Holding came back after injury and also after injuries, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin.

“I think this was a good match, a good result, a good game and with a clean sheet there are a lot of positive things.

“We can be positive with different options for the next matches.”

 

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