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Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick helped Arsenal easiness past League One broadside Sunderland to publication their spot successful the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
The academy merchandise is retired of declaration this summertime and helium has reportedly turned down a caller deal. But helium shone against Sunderland, arsenic 18-year-old Charlie Patino scored connected his debut.
Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe enactment Arsenal in power aboriginal connected but Nathan Broadhead made it 2-1 earlier the break.
Any menace of a daze was extinguished wrong 13 minutes of the 2nd fractional arsenic Nketiah provided 2 astute finishes and Patino came disconnected the seat to adhd the gloss with a precocious fifth.
Mikel Arteta’s broadside beryllium 4th successful the Premier League and showed 9 changes from Saturday’s triumph astatine Leeds arsenic lone Ben White and Martin Odegaard kept their places.
Sunderland wanted a aboriginal punishment arsenic Ross Stewart went down successful the container nether adjacent attraction from Mohamed Elneny – but determination appeared to beryllium nary interaction and the claims were waved away.
A changeable of luck astir enactment the hosts up arsenic a Nuno Tavares transverse was turned against his ain crossbar by Eddie Embleton with Arsenal starting to sound astatine the door.
The deadlock would beryllium breached soon after, Rob Holding’s header well-saved by Lee Burge, lone for Nketiah to genu location the rebound from adjacent range.
Pepe, the club-record signing fixed a uncommon commencement by Arteta, doubled the pb arsenic helium exchanged passes with Cedric Soares earlier seeing his onslaught deflected past the helpless Burge.
But if Arsenal thought they were coasting into the semi-finals, they were wrong.
Sunderland would deed them connected the break, Broadhead coolly finishing a quick-fire antagonistic from the visitors to fractional the arrears.
Bernd Leno was past forced into a debased prevention to support Arsenal up arsenic the Sky Bet League One broadside ended the fractional connected apical – though they did suffer Broadhead to wounded earlier the interval.
Sunderland brag Lee Johnson had joked astir wanting to look Arsenal successful the quarter-final aft seeing disconnected QPR successful the erstwhile circular – saying facing the Gunners oregon their northbound London rivals Tottenham would fto them look “the truly large guns” successful a two-legged semi-final.
He dismissed the remark arsenic “dad banter” connected the eve of the necktie but Arsenal showed – successful the minutes pursuing half-time – that adjacent their much-changed broadside were much than capable to spot disconnected Johnson’s spirited visitors.
Two flicked finishes from Nketiah would settee the contest, the archetypal from a Tavares transverse and the 2nd aft immoderate superb enactment from Pepe – who impressed connected his return.
Embleton had deed the station successful betwixt but Sunderland were retired of the necktie arsenic their vociferous pursuing sang throughout.
Arteta was capable to manus a first-team debut to highly-rated midfielder Patino for the last 10 minutes, the England Under-19 planetary replacing chap academy postgraduate Emile Smith Rowe and sliding successful to person different Pepe assistance to enactment the cherry connected apical of the barroom for Arsenal.