Eddie Nketiah scored a hattrick to help Arsenal produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the midweek action in the Carabao Cup. Nketiah opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 17th minute before Nicholas Pepe doubled their lead in the 27th minute. Their two-goal advantage lasted just four minutes as Nathan Broadhead pulled one back for the home side. Nketiah restored their two-goal advantage after the break before completing his hattrick in the 58th minute. Charlie Platino scored in stoppage time on his debut to complete the thrashing.
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: “It’s great. We’re in the semi-finals and that’s what it was about today. We started well and scored two goals, but then we started not to respect our basics too much and we suffered a little, but then we picked up our level after that in the second half and we won. Eddie does what he does in training every day, he put the ball in the net. I think I’ve been very consistent with what I think about him, how much we like him and his contribution for us every time he plays is top.”
Sunderland’s Lee Johnson: “I thought we had a really good spell just after we scored, we grew in confidence and Arsenal found it quite difficult to get us off the ball in that final third. Earlier on in the game, I think we threw the ball into the box too early, but we scored a really good goal and overall I’m really proud of the players. We’ve been beaten 5-1 but we have had some good spells in the match.”
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