ian teenager Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as breezed into the last 16 of the Carabao Cup with a 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest.

The 18-year-old was making his first competitive start for the Gunners and opened the scoring with a powerful header.

Defender Rob Holding nodded in a second before Joe Willock struck.

Reiss Nelson side-footed in a fourth before Martinelli’s superb long-range effort completed the win.

Nottingham Forest, who like made a raft of changes for the tie, barely troubled a rampant with their only shot on target a late Sammy Ameobi strike that was comfortably saved by Emiliano Martinez.

Martinelli makes his mark

Few fans had heard of Martinelli when he became ’s first signing of the summer, joining for £6m from ian club Ituano in July.

However, back in his homeland he is viewed as having the potential to become one of ’s superstars and he certainly impressed on his home debut for the Gunners.

The teenager, who made his debut with a late substitute appearance against in ’s season opener, played futsal as a youngster and the close control and dribbling skills developed from that sport were on show against Forest.

His first goal also showed good strength and awareness as he attacked an excellent first-time ball by Calum Chambers to power home a header.

That strike made him the youngest player to score on their first start for since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Shrewsbury in September 2011.

But the best was yet to come. With the game deep into injury time, Martinelli received the ball 25 yards from goal, skipped one challenge before arrowing a wonderful strike into the top corner.

It is early days, but Martinelli showed plenty of potential to suggest he could become a hugely exciting talent for the Gunners.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 26Martínez
  • 21Chambers
  • 20Mustafi
  • 16Holding
  • 3TierneySubstituted forBellerínat 77′minutes
  • 11Torreira
  • 28Willock
  • 32Smith RoweSubstituted forSakaat 45′minutes
  • 10ÖzilSubstituted forCeballosat 71′minutes
  • 24NelsonBooked at 56mins
  • 35Martinelli

Substitutes

  • 2Bellerín
  • 8Ceballos
  • 33Macey
  • 38Balogun
  • 40Bola
  • 41Burton
  • 77Saka

Nottm Forest

  • 49Muric
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 36Chema
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 40Johnson
  • 28Silva
  • 23LolleySubstituted forLawrence-Gabrielat 81′minutes
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forAmeobiat 59′minutes
  • 2RibeiroSubstituted forMightenat 78′minutes
  • 37Adomah

Substitutes

  • 6Milosevic
  • 7Grabban
  • 12Smith
  • 19Ameobi
  • 21Sow
  • 46Lawrence-Gabriel
  • 48Mighten
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
53,160

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home27
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, 5, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 5, Nottingham Forest 0.

Goal!

Goal! 5, Nottingham Forest 0. Gabriel Martinelli () right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

Booking

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bukayo Saka () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Brennan Johnson.

Offside, . Calum Chambers tries a through ball, but Reiss Nelson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Calum Chambers () right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reiss Nelson.

Corner, . Conceded by Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel.

Corner, . Conceded by Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel.

Goal!

Goal! 4, Nottingham Forest 0. Reiss Nelson () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel replaces Joe Lolley because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Dani Ceballos () right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Foul by Joe Willock ().

Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Willock.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alex Mighten replaces Yuri Ribeiro.

Goal!

Goal! 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Joe Willock () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Héctor Bellerín () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, . Conceded by Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, . Héctor Bellerín replaces Kieran Tierney.

Corner, . Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Goal!

Goal! 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Rob Holding () header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reiss Nelson with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, . Dani Ceballos replaces Mesut Özil.

Corner, . Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Corner, . Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Attempt missed. Joe Willock () header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.

Attempt blocked. Reiss Nelson () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.

Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Sammy Ameobi replaces João Carvalho.

Foul by Joe Willock ().

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

Booking

Reiss Nelson () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Reiss Nelson ().

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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