SUNDERLAND LOOK TO UPSET ARSENAL AS AUBAMEYANG LEFT OUT AGAIN Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates. Arsenal’s out-of-favour Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is again not in contention to play, but he’s hardly been missed of late with Gabriel Martinelli helping propel the in-form Gunners into the Premier League top four. Sunderland may be the only team left in the Cup not in the top flight, but Lee Johnson’s side are in fine form – they’re seven games unbeaten in League One. Could an upset be on the cards tonight? Kick off 19.45 GMT.
League Cup / Matchday 1
Emirates Stadium / 21.12.2021
MATCH REPORT: NKETIAH DAZZLES AS GUNNERS REACH SEMIS
A sensational hat-trick from Nketiah helped Arsenal reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup - a competition they have not won since 1993, would you believe.
Plus a debut goal for teenage prospect Charlie Patino. Read the match report below. Thank you very much for joining us tonight, see you tomorrow for the rest of the quarter-finals...
Nketiah hat-trick fires Arsenal into Carabao Cup semis
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 5-1 SUNDERLAND
It's all over. Arsenal are through to the semi-finals!
GOAL! ARSENAL 5-1 SUNDERLAND
What a moment for the teenager Patino! His first ever appearance for Arsenal and he's scored, the crowd erupts.
He slots into the bottom corner after Pepe finds him in he box.
TAVARES BLAZES OVER
Tavares, who is looking for his first Arsenal goal, finds himself in-behind the Sunderland defence but his effort is high and wild.
Doyle is shown yellow for a separate challenge to the one Nketiah wanted a penalty for. This one is a full-blooded challenge and it will mean he misses the semi-final. If Sunderland can find three goals in five minutes.
Doyle goes across Nketiah in the box, who tries to buy a foul but the referee doesn't buy it.
Martinelli and Wright clash heads and both are getting treatment on the pitch. Wright has now sat up. Hopefully both aren't badly hurt.
DEBUT FOR TEENAGE PATINO
A huge cheer from the home crowd as 18-year-old Charlie Patino is brought on for his Arsenal debut.
The Gunners have high, high hopes for this youngster. Smith-Rowe comes off.
Emile Smith Rowe
Wright is in the book for a very late challenge on Gabriel Martinelli, who has just been brought on for Martin Odegaard.
Gabriel is also brought on as Ben Whitre comes off.
WHO NEEDS AN AUBA REPLACEMENT?
Nketiah is showing his manager just how good he is in the penalty area tonight. With Aubameyang potentially on his way out, do Arsenal really need to look for another quality striker?
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ARSENAL LOOKING FOR A FIFTH
This is relentless from the hosts now, they're not exactly playing the game out. They want five.
Odegaard, who has been impressive tonight, fires a free-kick just wide from 20 yards.
VIDEO: NKETIAH COMPLETES HAT-TRICK
Speaking of nutmegs, here's Pepe's first. A skilful finish from Nketiah to score his third, too.
NUTMEG FROM PEPE
ANOTHER nutmeg from Pepe in the penalty area. He's having fun out there now. You have to feel for Sunderland's Hume... the Arsenal crowd are absolutely loving the showboating, though.
Sunderland's heads are staring to go for the first time tonight. Hume is booked for dragging Pepe back.
GOAL! ARSENAL 4-1 SUNDERLAND
Hat-trick for Nketiah!
Fantastic team goal from the Gunners. Odegaard splits the defence to find Pepe, he nutmegs a defender, Nketiah receives it and it's a brilliant finish from six yards.
OFF THE POST!
Very, very close indeed! Leno is nowhere near this effort from Embleton, who goes to bend an effort into the top corner, but it just clips the outside of the post. Unlucky.
CAN SUNDERLAND FIGHT BACK?
This scoreline is harsh on the League One visitors, who have fought every minute of this match so far. Arsenal's quality - even in a much-changed lineup - has made the difference.
GOAL! ARSENAL 3-1 SUNDERLAND
Eddie Nketiah is just immense in the penalty area.
It's a great ball in to the area from Tavares and Nketiah is switched on, it's a lovely finish with the outside of his foot to make it 3-1.
We're underway for the second half. Sunderland are very much in this game and an upset is a possibility at the Emirates... can the Gunners hold their lead?
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