With Gunners fans aching to see the likes of Bellerin, Holding, and Tierney return from injury for weeks, Unai Emery delivered, putting the latter 2 in the starting XI and placing the Spaniard on the bench, to feature later in the match. He needed to take minutes, take confidence.
Bellerin marked his return with the assist for Willock's goal, moments after replacing impressive left-back Tierney in the 77th minute. "He was a little exhausted at the end of the match but he scored and he's happy tonight and we're happy for him". "To play on Sunday and then on Tuesday will not be any longer regular and we can need unique gamers".
"It depends how he's feeling, but in his mind, he's feeling very well and I think the first minutes tonight were incredible for him".
"The muse is to present them minutes if we can", acknowledged Emery.
"He played very well". "He played very well in pre-season, he was working each training with a big spirit and performance".
Holding made his first Arsenal appearance since December 2018 in the Carabao Cup game and and scored just seconds after taking over as captain.
Fans of the club have had their say on who should be in charge on the pitch, however, the one person whose job is it to determine that role can't even choose that himself, instead picking a pool of five players instead.
Granit Xhaka has skippered the side in every league game so far this season, while out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil took the responsibilty against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
"We are going to use him with Ainsley and Calum Chambers to help us in this position".
Despite winning their last three games in all competitions, there is apparently an air of uncertainty at Arsenal behind the scenes.