Eddie Nketiah’s prolific streak in the Carabao Cup continued with a clinical hat-trick as Arsenal defeated League One Sunderland to reach the semi-finals. After Rob Holding’s header was palmed into his path, the attacker turned in from close range to open the scoring, and Nicolas Pepe quickly doubled the hosts’ lead.
The Gunners appeared to have taken control, but Sunderland came back when Nathan Broadhead coolly clipped Elliot Embleton’s superbly-weighted pass over the onrushing Bernd Leno.
After the break, Nketiah smartly turned in a low Nuno Tavares cross to re-establish the lead. The 22-year-old, on the other hand, saved his best for last, curling Pepe’s pass between his legs and past goalkeeper Lee Burge.
Arsenal’s 18-year-old debutant Charlie Patino then added an injury-time fifth at Emirates Stadium to finish a fantastic night for the Gunners.
Sunderland were competitive, but despite Embleton looping a long-range effort against the post, the visitors were unable to contain their Premier League hosts, and Mikel Arteta’s side won comfortably.
When the draw takes place following Tottenham’s match against West Ham on Wednesday, Arsenal will learn who their last-four opponents will be.
Source: BBC Sport