Mikel Arteta’s side were seconds away from a first ever home defeat against Fulham as they laboured to find a response to Josh Maja’s second half penalty.
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Mikel Arteta changed his entire XI for the trip to Dublin, naming a raft of youngsters in his squad, and they took an early lead when Eddie Nketiah slotted home.
The result ensured that the Gunners topped their group after two games.
Arteta’s preparations were rocked by an injury to Kieran Tierney in the warm-up, with Sead Kolasinac replacing the Scot
Arsenal passion was in evidence before the kick off when Eddie Nketiah and Dani Ceballos clashed in the warm up, a late challenge led to the two squaring up and needing to be separated
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike gave the Gunners a well-deserved first half lead, but Arsenal were reduced to 10 men for the final 15 minutes when substitute Eddie Nketiah was shown a straight red card after a lengthy VAR review.
The Sky Bet League One hosts are unbeaten at home in the league this season and more than played their part in an entertaining cup tie
Bukayo Saka has backed Mikel Arteta to restore the “Arsenal passing way” that the Gunners were known for under Arsene Wenger.
Saka set the Gunners on their way with his third goal of the term, before teeing up Nketiah for the easiest of finishes at a chilly Dean Court to tee up a fifth-round trip to Portsmouth
Welbeck, often used as a backup striker by Manager Unai Emery, underwent two operations after suffering a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League earlier this month.
Neither side could muster a serious shooting chance in a quiet start to the match, with the first attempt arriving via the boot of Alex Iwobi 20 minutes in for an Arsenal side showing 11 changes from last time out