Arteta pre Sunderland Carabao Cup
Follow all the action as Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight.
After lifting the FA Cup in 2020, Mikel Arteta is chasing a second piece of silverware as a head coach, and Arsenal have been in fine form in recent weeks, with victories against Southampton, West Ham and Leeds propelling the Gunners into the top four. The absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has trained alone since being stripped of the captaincy, has hardly been felt either, with Gabriel Martinelli in brilliant goalscoring form, although Arteta may take the chance to give the Brazilian and many other regular starters a much-needed rest amid another busy run of games.
Sunderland are the only non-Premier League side left in the draw and arrive in north London as huge underdogs. However, Lee Johnson’s side have been in good form themselves, having now gone seven games unbeaten in League One as they chase promotion back to the Championship. Follow all the reaction from the Emirates:
Arsenal vs Sunderland
Arsenal: Arsenal XI: Leno, Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Odegaard, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, BalogunSunderland: Burge, Winchester, Wright, Flanagan, Doyle, Gooch, Embleton, Neil, Pritchard, Broadhead, StewartShow latest update
Eddie Nketiah reignites his Arsenal flame with poacher’s hat-trick against Sunderland
Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal career seemed destined to burn to a slow end this season, fading on the peripheries as his contract peters out and Gabriel Martinelli bursts into the limelight, but tonight at the very least reignited the flame.
The 22-year-old might never have established himself as a reliable starter in Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven, but he has always proven to be an artful and insatiable poacher, as capable of bundling home the ball with an instinctive lunge as a sublime flick.
He evidenced both in abundance against Sunderland as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 victory in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Having been afforded just 38 minutes in the Premier League this season – the cause and consequence of his desire to leave his boyhood club in search of more regular football – it would have been understandable if Nketiah’s rhythm was ever so slightly out of sync.
Instead, a hat-trick against an admittedly inferior but no less determined Sunderland side provided the perfect exhibition and reminder of Nketiah’s full repertoire.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 22:08
Reaction from Nketiah
Arsenal’s matchwinner Eddie Nketiah spoke to Sky Sports after the game and spoke about his hat-trick and whether he wants to stay at the Emirates. He said:
Great feeling. I want to say big thanks to my team-mates for some really good assists. I just had to be in the right place. I scored a similar goal [to his third] a couple of rounds ago.
“It’s nice to get that reaction. I’m happy we can go to the next round and get a few goals. We could have played a lot better in the first half but we improved in the second half and more goals came.
“It was a great team display.
“This competition is the place I’ve been getting starts. I’ll do my best whenever I’m asked to play. I’m desperate to play football. All I can do is keep working hard. It’ll sort itself out. I’m just eager to play football. That’s my main ambition. As long as I play for Arsenal I’ll give my all.”
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:56
Arsenal’s best goalscorer?
Eddie Nketiah has netted five goals in six games this season for Arsenal with all of them coming in three Carabao Cup games. In this competition he’s now scored 10 times in nine games with seven of those goals coming at the Emirates stadium.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:50
Carabao Cup quarter-finals
Arsenal are the first team into the Carabao Cup semi-finals but who will be joining them there?
The final three quarter-finals take place tomorrow with all the games kicking off at 7:45pm and the semi-final draw coming after those matches.
Liverpool vs Leicester City,
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:47
Arsenal 5 – 1 Sunderland
Not a bad senior debut for Charlie Patino.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:43
Full-time: Arsenal 5 – 1 Sunderland
90+3 mins: A great night for Arsenal who become the first team to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Sunderland were resilient in the first half but Arsenal stepped it up in the second. Eddie Nketiah bagged a hat-trick and Charlie Patino scored on his senior debut as Arsenal sweep Sunderland aside in the league cup.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:38
GOAL! Arsenal 5 – 1 Sunderland (Patino, 90+1)⚽️
90+1 mins: A goal on debut! Martinelli plays the ball inside from the left wing and gives it to Xhaka. He sends a diagonal ball over to Pepe who carries it into the box. Patino darts towards the six-yard box and meets Pepe’s pass just in time to poke it wide of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net! Arsenal have five and 18-year-old Charlie Patino scores his first senior goal for the Gunners!
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:34
Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland
88 mins: Chance! Martinelli recovers a the ball after a clearance from Sunderland and chests it down to Xhaka. He flicks a pass into the box for Tavares who brings it under control and weaves around Wright before clasting a left-footed shot well over the crossbar!
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:33
Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland
86 mins: Penalty shout! Martinelli brings the ball into the box from the left and slides in a pass for Nketiah. Doyle comes across and seems to clip the Arsenal striker who goes down as the ball rolls out of play.
The referee takes a moment to make the decision and seems to point to the penalty spot before signalling that it is in fact a goalkick.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:30
Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland
83 mins: Just like they did in the first half, Sunderland have wrestled a bit of momentum away from Arsenal. They aren’t creating much but Arsenal are no longer relentlessly pressuring the visitor’s penalty area.
Michael Jones21 December 2021 21:28