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Wenger rates Arsenal performance at Nottingham Forest ‘complete’

Arsene Wenger was over the moon with how his Arsenal side performed in the EFL Cup against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

The Frenchman made a number of changes to his line-up for the third round clash and it paid dividends as the North Londoners put Forest to the sword with a 4-0 victory at the City Ground.

Grant Xhaka's 30-yard strike, Lucas Perez's double (and first Gunners goals) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's late finish did the job in what was a solid display from Wenger's men.

"I knew we had a strong squad," Wenger said.

"It was a full house, a completely motivated team against us and we had a complete performance.

"Technically we played we'll, our combinations were good and we played at a high tempo.

"The speed and movement of our play was fantastic. Lucas Perez and Granit Xhaka were very good."

However, Wenger also told arsenal.com that Forest made life difficult for the Gunners in the early stages of the contest.

"We got there in the end but the game was tough, Nottingham Forest played with full commitment," he added.

"We needed to be patient and as well not to concede a goal - which we did well.

"Overall I felt that technically we played well, our combinations worked well and we played at a high pace and that's where we made the difference in the game."

Andrew Slevison
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