Arsenal 5 – 1 S’land

Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick to lead Arsenal over Sunderland and into the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 5-1 win.

Striker Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe got Arsenal on their way in the first half at Emirates Stadium, before Nathan Broadhead pulled one back for the League One squad.

However, two more good shots from Nketiah after the break sealed a complete victory, as 18-year-old Charlie Patino completed a fine night for the Gunners with a late goal on his senior debut.

Nketiah steals the show as Arsenal unleash their victory

Arsenal celebrate a goal against Sunderland in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup

Mikel Arteta made nine changes to Arsenal, but that didn’t seem to stop the recent momentum that saw them move up to the Premier League top four.

Team news

  • Mikel Arteta made nine changes returning to a more traditional Carabao Cup lineup. Emile Smith Rowe returned to the starting lineup, while there was still no room for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the squad.
  • Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has named a strong side, making only two changes from the tie with Ipswich over the weekend, with Elliot Embleton and goalkeeper Lee Burge on the way.

Nketiah took the lead in the 17th minute, showing his predatory instincts to turn the ball at home on a corner kick, after Lee Burge pushed a Rob Holding header into his trajectory.

Pepe doubled up 10 minutes later, having combined well with Cedric on the right before seeing his shot deflect on Callum Doyle and overtake the hapless Burge.

However, Sunderland quickly made their way into the game. After 31 minutes Alex Pritchard was brilliantly able to throw a quick attack, which was continued by Dan Neil and Elliot Embleton, before the latter switched to Broadhead and brilliantly mocked him on Bernd Leno.

Broadhead was forced out just before half-time, however, and with his departure he lost much of the Sunderland threat. Arsenal quickly took control of the situation shortly after half-time, when Nketiah flicked home a Nuno Tavares cross with a nice shot strike in the 49th minute, and then from Pepe’s ball with a delightful little heel strike. before the hour.

The young Patino then came off the bench late for his debut and put the icing on the cake for Arsenal in the first minute of injury time, holding on to Pepe’s cross before slipping into his first first-team goal.

Man of the Match: Eddie Nketiah

It may have been against League One opposition, but with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still out in the cold at Arsenal, Nketiah didn’t hurt his reputation with a lethal performance.

Three clinical and instinctive finishes would certainly have provided food for thought for Arteta in view of an intense series of meetings during the winter. Nketiah hopes he has done enough to be seen again before the semifinal.

When will the draw for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals take place?

The Carabao Cup semi-final draw will take place live on Sky Sports Football following the conclusion of Tottenham Hotspur-West Ham United on Wednesday 22 December.

The calendar of the Carabao Cup 2021/22 …

  • Remaining quarter-finals: 22 December
  • Semi-finals: 4/5 January and 11/12
  • Final: February 27th

What’s next?

Live EFL

Monday 27 December at 12:00

Arsenal will travel to Norwich on Boxing Day in the Premier League; kick-off 15:00. Sunderland will play in League One on Monday 27 December, facing Doncaster live Sky Sport Soccer.

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