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25th June 2018

IN THE GROVE: Strike force unchained

    Published: 22 September, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger insists he doesn’t care who scores – providing his team wins.  

    The Arsenal manager saw his charges reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable win away at Championship side Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. 

    Striker Lucas Perez scored his first goals for the club, while fellow new boy Granit Xhaka added to the 30-yard screamer he scored in Saturday’s 4-1 victory away at Hull in the Premier League with another stunner. 

    Afterwards, however, Wenger said he wasn’t too bothered by which of his stars was reeling away celebrating. 

    “Honestly, for me the most important thing is that we win the game, not who scores. It’s not so important,” he said.  

    “Individually, it’s good because Perez can convince people that he has the level to play for us, and it will help him grow in belief.” 

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added to Perez’s double and Xhaka’s wonder goal against Forest as the Gunners ran out

    4-0 victors. Wenger said he was happy with how his side approached what could easily have been a tricky tie.

    “We had to be patient during the game and, as well, make sure we did not concede a goal – which we did well,” he said. 

    “Overall, I felt that technically we played well, all of our combinations worked well and we played at a high pace, and that’s where we made the difference in the game.” 

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