Hat-trick hero Nketiah continues his brilliant form in the League Cup but Folarin Balogun does not shine

ARSENAL pushed aside third-place Sunderland for a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Boss Mikel Arteta made nine changes to beat Leeds 4-1 on Saturday, giving opportunities to many of his fringe players.

Eddie Nketiah marks his third goal in a brilliant 5-1 win over Sunderland


Eddie Nketiah marks his third goal in a brilliant 5-1 win over SunderlandCredit: Reuters

Things looked comfortable as Nicolas Pepe doubled Arsenal’s lead, after Eddie Nketiah gave him the lead.

Nathan Broadhead’s cut-off shot momentarily made things interesting – before two more clever finishes by hero Nketiah’s hat-trick brought the game even.

Charlie Patino then marked his dream debut with a stoppage-time goal to add some shine to the win.

Here’s how SunSport’s Etienne Fermie rates each of the Gunners’ performances.


Defeated by a smart finish from Black Cats striker Broadhead. Need to be wary to deny a quick equalizer by the away team.

Hardly tested after the Gunners took control of the game in the second half.

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The full-back’s corner helped Arsenal open the scoring. He then created two good chances for Folarin Balogun in the first half.

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s creative counterattack then put Nicolas Pepe ahead to make it 2-0 with a clever cut.

The former Southampton ace caused havoc with a series of stellar serves.

Cedric Soares is a constant threat on the right


Cedric Soares is a constant threat on the rightCredit: AP


Caught by a pass behind Broadhead’s goal.

One of only two survivors in Saturday’s squad, the white England international was capable when required.


Was denied by an excellent early save before Nketiah scored the rebound.

The reserve captain did not misplace a foot when he returned to the starting line-up.


Causing cheers from the traveling crowd of fans as he passed the ball straight out in the opening exchange. Saw his cross go wide of the crossbar right after.

The perfect comeback scored for Nketiah at the beginning of the second half.

The summer signing has grown into the game and is keen to move forward, although he will be disappointed he missed his chance late.

Nuno Tavares loves to dribble to the left


Nuno Tavares loves to dribble to the leftCredit: AFP


Breathe a sigh of relief as the referee waved the game after he fouled Sunderland striker Ross Stewart in the box early on.

Egypt looked more relaxed when Granit Xhaka was introduced with him early in the second period.


Pepe played in the back in building up Arsenal’s fourth goal with a brilliant dribble.

Should have done better when he was flanked by a winger, but the Norwegian was usually very creative, creating some good passes for attacking teammates and making his side beat.


Palmist Stung Burge with a superb volley from the edge of the box in the first half.

The Gunners No 10 can look forward to Arteta’s return to the Premier League starting with the XI in the near future.

Recent Super Sub Smith Rowe is back among the starters on Tuesday night


Recent Super Sub Smith Rowe is back among the starters on Tuesday nightCredit: AFP


Ivorian showed off his typical trick on the right flank, and made it 2-0 with a shot from close range.

It was very bad luck not to be awarded a penalty as he appeared to be at a loss.

Make a sensational nutmeg on the Denver Hume before teeing off on Nketiah’s third. Then was brutally fouled by the left-back as he raced into space on the counter.

Tormented Sunderland’s substitute and even humiliated him AGAIN shortly afterwards.

He easily beat Hume again before making way for Odegaard, and then set up another goal in stoppage time for debutant Patino.

Nicolas Pepe gives Arsenal a two-goal lead


Nicolas Pepe gives Arsenal a two-goal leadCredit: AFP


Putting Arsenal ahead with a knee-jerk after a header from Holding was saved.

Throw in an instinctive finish that gave Arsenal a 3-1 lead, before delivering a brilliant heel strike to seal his hat-trick… and put his side in. semifinal.

There was a penalty claim that came up as of late, but it has scored five goals in its three League Cup debuts this season.

Eddie Nketiah celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal


Eddie Nketiah celebrates opening the scoring for ArsenalCredit: PA


Heading close to the wall after being set up by Soares, before attacking Burge when he could have done better.

Youngster has been booked for a late challenge with Black Cats captain Bailey Wright. Teenager is clearly talented but is in dire need of loan in order to gain pace and experience in the first team.


Granite Xhaka (for Balogun, 56 years old) – 6

The introduction of the Swiss midfielder saw Arsenal take full control of the midfield.

Gabriel (for White, 74) – 6

Brazil did nothing wrong after coming on.

Gabriel Martinelli (for Odegaard, 74) – 6

Received a rattle from Wright shortly after entering the field after beating the Sunderland captain.

Charlie Patino (for Smith Rowe, 80 years old) – 7

Teenager’s introduction drew one of the biggest cheers of the night from the Emirates audience, before somehow evoking an even bigger buzz as he ended his dream debut with a goal. in overtime.

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Tierney, Partey, Saka, Lacazette

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