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Brentford boss says top priority is the league, not Arsenal cup clash

Arsenal Unai Emery

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss saw the Gunners extend their winning run in all competitions to six matches, and Welbeck played a huge role in booking Arsenal's spot in the fourth round.

Unai Emery hinted Danny Welbeck is closing in on a first Premier League start of the season after scoring a brace in the Carabao Cup third-round win over Brentford.

But the Championship side could not build on the goal and Arsenal killed off any hopes the visitors had via a late goal from Alexandre Lacazette to make it 3-1. Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been rested completely by Emery.

"I would rather have had Macclesfield at home but unfortunately we've got to travel to the Emirates which I'm sure all our supporters will be looking forward to", said Smith.

"He gave us his quality and also his commitment every day".

'Also, it gives more chances for us to find (him) the first XI for the next match with performances like today.

At a sparsely-populated Emirates Stadium - not helped by a London Underground strike - Welbeck scored twice in the first half to ensure safe progression.

Welbeck's contract expires at the end of the current season and, although Emery is no longer directly involved in negotiations with players, he is keen to keep the 27-year-old.

'There are three things when we are speaking about an individual.

Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain in the coming weeks, but Welbeck is keen to focus on his own game, rather than whether he has played enough to make the squad. "The commitments of the players Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck is very high".