Arsene Wenger ensured Arsenal had the right mentality against Nottingham Forest following last year’s League Cup upset at Sheffield Wednesday.
Wenger admitted last season’s 3-0 defeat at Hillsborough was at the forefront of his mind as he prepared for Tuesday night’s third-round tie in the East Midlands.
In the end it was a comfortable 4-0 win for the Gunners that eased Wenger’s team through what had looked to be a tricky test before kick-off.
“I told the players that last year in the first round we won at Tottenham and after that went to Sheffield Wednesday and lost 3-0 because we weren’t ready mentally for the commitment of the Championship.
“We suffered in the first 20 minutes a little bit and that goal helped us and after that I think everybody was focused to play the way we want to play - sharp movement of the ball, good mobility and always quick to move forward.”