Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland LIVE! Gunners through - Carabao Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

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Arsenal vs Sunderland LIVE!

A first senior hat-trick for Eddie Nketiah guided Arsenal to a comfortable victory over Sunderland and into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The back-up striker has reportedly turned down a new deal at the Emirates Stadium and is out of contract in the summer but shone in a 5-1 win, which also saw Charlie Patino score on his first-team debut.

Nketiah opened the scoring before Nicolas Pepe doubled the lead, while the in-form Nathan Broadhead scored his sixth goal in six games to pull one back for the Black Cats before the break.

Any threat of a shock was extinguished within 13 minutes of the second half as Nketiah provided two smart finishes, the second of which came after brilliant work from Pepe on the right wing.

Patino came off the bench to add the gloss with a late fifth, as the 18-year-old capped off a perfect night for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Arsenal vs Sunderland latest news

  • GOAL! Nketiah gets his hat-trick

  • GOAL! Nketiah restores two-goal advantage

  • GOAL! Broadhead halves deficit

  • GOAL! Pepe puts Gunners in control

  • GOAL! Nketiah scores opener from close range

Job done for Mikel Arteta’s side

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Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland: Nketiah hat-trick sends Gunners into last four

What next for Nketiah, Balogun and Pepe...

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Arteta has big decisions to make over those in changed frontline

How the Gunners rated...

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Arsenal ratings: Dream night for Nketiah as Pepe looks lively


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Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland

The Gunners cruise into the last four. Nketiah with three, and goals too for Pepe and Patino.

Perfect night for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal go into Christmas in style.

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GOAL! Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland | Charlie Patino 90+1

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Arsenal seal the win in wonderful fashion, as Charlie Patino gets a debut goal.

Xhaka swings it wide to Pepe, and he lays it off to Patino. The teenager makes the run into the box and cushions it home. Lovely finish.

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89 mins: Xhaka flicks it on to Tavares, and he manages to bundle his way through the defence.

Tight angle, but Tavares goes for goal. Maximum power, minimum accuracy. Well over the bar.

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85 mins: Martinelli slides it in to Nketiah... he goes down claiming the penalty.

Given? Fans think so... but the referee is pointing for a goal-kick! Confused everyone. Replays show that’s probably the right decision.

Doyle goes flying in through Patino, and that will be a yellow card.

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84 mins: Good to see both players will be fine to continue.

Sunderland fans still in fine voice. Their side has put in a good performance tonight, and have caused the Gunners problems at time. But Arsenal have just been clinical when they’ve had to.

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82 mins: Nasty clash of heads as Martinelli and Wright challenge for the ball. Both of them down and receiving treatment.

Simon Collings’ thoughts

21:24 , Matt Verri

What a moment for Charlie Patino. He is really highly thought of by the Arsenal academy staff. A chance for him to strut his stuff now.

21:23 , Matt Verri

79 mins: Winchester with a blow to head and the referee stops play. Sunderland man is going to be fine to continue though.

Arteta continues to make the changes. Smith Rowe off, another good night’s work from him. And youngster Charlie Patino is on in his place... home fans delighted to see the 18-year-old.

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76 mins: Dreadful challenge from Wright, who welcomes Martinelli to the game in brutal fashion as the Brazilian tries to turn him. Yellow card.

Cedric puts too much on the cross though and it’s punched away.

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73 mins: White and Odegaard off for the Gunners, Gabriel and Martinelli on.

Martinelli is in superb form, not sure Sunderland will be thrilled to see him introduced.

21:15 , Matt Verri

71 mins: Arsenal keeping the ball without much danger now. Sunderland still trying to press up high, but they’re having little joy.

Pepe continues to run at Hume, and plays it in to Nketiah... blocked out of it before he can shoot.

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68 mins: Arsenal fans now spending their time urging the players to shoot from anywhere inside about 40 yards.

Granit Xhaka a particular target, they’re keen to see him let fly from distance. The midfielder is resisting... for now.

How Nketiah brought up his hat-trick

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65 mins: Deary me, this is a torrid evening for Hume. Pepe is having the time of his life up against him. Roars past him again, finds Odegaard and his shot is well saved.

Nutmeg count is getting up into painful territory for Hume.

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62 mins: Loose touch from Nketiah as he bounces off his knee and runs through to the keeper. Wasn’t far away from being in for his fourth.

Simon Collings’ thoughts

21:04 , Matt Verri

Balogun’s night is over and he looks like a player who needs a loan and to go play week in, week out somewhere. January can’t come soon enough.

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60 mins: Hume is not enjoying his time out on that wing.

Pepe breezes past him again, and the Sunderland man takes the yellow card to stop him. Long 30 minutes to go against Pepe, who is in top form now.

GOAL! Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland | Eddie Nketiah 58'

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Odegaard plays a wonderful ball through to Pepe on the right. The winger is far too good for Hume, knocking it through his legs and then picking Nketiah out.

The striker is eight yards out, and he flicks the ball superbly past Burge to seal his hat-trick. Such a good goal.

Nketiah at the double...

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55 mins: Sunderland inches away from getting themselves back into it again!

Embleton in off the right wing and his curling effort beats Leno but it flicks off the outside of the post. Brilliant strike.

Balogun off for the Gunners, replaced by Xhaka.

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53 mins: Confidence back up for the Gunners now. Balogun desperate to get on the scoresheet himself, but he’s crowded out.

The Arsenal man then fouls Wright, with Sunderland unhappy about the challenge. Balogun shown a yellow card.

Simon Collings’ thoughts

20:55 , Matt Verri

Yet another one out of the Nketiah playbook. That’s 12 of his 17 goals he’s scored from inside the box now. It should really put this game to bed too.

GOAL! Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland | Eddie Nketiah 49'

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Nketiah scores again, and once again it’s from a matter of yards out. Pepe and Odegaard do brilliantly on the right wing to get out of trouble, and it’s switched out to the left.

Tavares whips it in towards the near post, Nketiah gets across his man and flicks it into the net.

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48 mins: Bright from the visitors after the break. Pritchard puts a ball in with real pace... just ahead of Gooch.

Hume chases after it on the left wing, but just as he gets there decides to give up on it and let it run out for an Arsenal throw.

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46 mins: Not a great start to the half for Sunderland. Stewart is down inside ten seconds.

Goes up to win the long ball, and as Stewart comes across Balogun he looks to have twisted something. Back up now though.

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Back underway for the second-half.

All to play for in the next 45 minutes... and potentially in the penalty shootout after that. We shall see.

Sunderland got themselves back in it...

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Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Entertaining first 45 minutes at the Emirates!

Nketiah and Pepe put Arsenal two goals up and seemingly in complete control, but Broadhead halved the deficit and Sunderland are right in this match.

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45+1 mins: Three minutes added on at the end of the first half.

Broadhead is being forced off with injury, replaced by Hume. Sunderland man injured himself as he and Holding challenged for a ball over the top.

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44 mins: Lovely volley from Smith Rowe from the edge of the box on his left foot, palmed away by the goalkeeper.

Again it came from Cedric down the right, who is getting plenty of joy every time he makes the run forward.

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42 mins: Pepe wants a penalty after colliding with Gooch in the box, but he won’t get anything for that.

Arsenal gradually getting control back of this, enjoying some comfortable possession in the last few minutes to halt Sunderland’s momentum.

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40 mins: Arsenal with their first attack in some time.

Pepe and Cedric are combining really well, the winger playing the right-back in on the overlap every time. Cedric gets the ball into the box but it’s cleared.

Pepe then overhits his cross by miles and it’s straight out for a goal kick.

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37 mins: SO CLOSE!

Offside flag goes up, wouldn’t have counted. Great ball in from Pritchard, and Flanagan is free six yards out but he heads it well wide. Should have done much better, not that it matters now.

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36 mins: Arsenal struggling to get out. Flanagan is given a free-kick, as he’s sandwiched between Smith Rowe and Nketiah.

Another chance for Sunderland to put a ball into the Arsenal box.

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34 mins: Arsenal really hanging on now, Sunderland having a brilliant spell.

Winchester comes inside from the right, and Leno turns his effort behind for a corner. Tavares does well to head it away, but it’s another Sunderland corner.

Simon Collings thoughts'

20:18 , Matt Verri

Arsenal were alarmingly open there, but fair play that’s a nice goal from Sunderland. A good through-ball and a lovely finish to top it off. Game on.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland | Nathan Broadhead 31'

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Pritchard does well on the halfway line to turn and play it on as Sunderland break into Arsenal territory.

Through to Broadhead, who runs onto it and dinks it over Leno. Holding charges back to try and hook it away, but it rolls into the net. Game on!

Simon Collings’ thoughts

20:14 , Matt Verri

A good performance from Pepe so far. Obviously you’d expect him to tear it up against a League One side, but he’s applying himself well and pressing off the ball. He deserves that goal.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland | Nicolas Pepe 27'

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Pepe plays it wide to Cedric on the overlap, and it’s a brilliant cutback to Pepe.

He controls it and fires it at goal, deflects off Doyle and into the roof of the net. Arsenal in complete control now.

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26 mins: Better from Sunderland. Gooch gets to the byline and stands up a really nice cross to the far post.

Stewart goes up with Holding, but the Arsenal man wins the header and gets the free-kick anyway.

Nketiah with the opening goal...

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23 mins: Balogun is getting chances!

Arsenal win it back high up the pitch, Sunderland can’t be giving it away on the edge of their box. Odegaard finds Smith Rowe, he slides it on to Balogun but his shot is a weak one and straight at Burge.

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22 mins: Tavares full of confidence as he drives past the Sunderland shirts and then chops inside. Plays it out wide to Pepe who has so much space.

Lays it off to Cedric on the overlap, lovely ball into the box... Balogun heads it wide. Arsenal look really good going forward.

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20 mins: Sunderland looking to bounce straight back. Pritchard fires a ball across the six-yard box, but White is there to close down Stewart as the striker looks to flick it towards goal.

Gooch with a nasty challenge on Pepe, and he goes into the book.

Simon Collings’ thoughts

20:04 , Matt Verri

That is about as classic an Eddie Nketiah goal as you will ever see. It wasn’t pretty, but once again he was in the right place at the right time.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland | Eddie Nketiah 17'

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Cedric takes the corner, Holding’s header is really well saved by Burge... but Nketiah is there a few yards out to put the rebound into the net with his knee.

He loves this competition.

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17 mins: Odegaard’s ball in is a deep one. Burge comes and doesn’t get there, but Stewart is behind him to head it over for a corner.

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15 mins: Nice play from Sunderland, out from the back. Gooch tries to float a ball over the top to Broadhead, but there’s too much on it.

Pepe fouled out on the right. Dangerous position to put a ball in.

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13 mins: Arsenal really close to taking the lead.

Tavares and Smith Rowe combine. The left-back plays a low ball into the box... deflects off the defender and loops onto the bar. Pepe’s shot from the rebound is blocked, Arsenal corner.

Played short, Holding has a wild swing but doesn’t make any real contact.

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10 mins: Tavares waits for Balogun to make the run. Balogun makes the run. Tavares then passes it straight to where Balogun was before he made the run.

Those two have not played many minutes together, that’s for sure...

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8 mins: Pritchard down after he’s caught late, but he’s going to be fine to continue.

Free-kick played long into the box. Stewart wins it and heads it back across goal, but it’s easily claimed by Leno. The German will be hoping for a really good night’s work in goal for the Gunners, considering the form of Ramsdale this season.

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6 mins: Odegaard pings a lovely ball out wide to Balogun. He cuts inside and has a shot but it’s blocked.

Comes wide to the right, where Cedric has time to put a ball in. Nketiah gets on the end of it but can’t keep the header down.

Stewart went down in the Arsenal box just before, claiming a penalty as Elneny challenged. Not given, and no real contact.

Simon Collings’ thoughts

19:50 , Matt Verri

It looks like a 4-3-3 for Arsenal with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard playing as two No8s. It’s attacking, but feels like the right tactic given Sunderland will sit deep tonight.

19:48 , Matt Verri

3 mins: Gooch whips a dangerous ball into the box, and Arsenal can only clear it to the edge of the box.

Pritchard turns into space and gets a shot at goal from just outside the box. Easily saved.

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2 mins: Balogun on the left wing for Arsenal, with Pepe on the right and Nketiah through the middle.

Three players who have very little game time in recent weeks, and will be desperate to make an impact. Balogun with a nice run, but he’s shrugged off the ball as Sunderland win it back.


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Here we go then... Arsenal get us underway at the Emirates.

Reminder that if it’s still level after 90 minutes tonight, we go straight to penalties.

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Players out onto the pitch... big away support at the Emirates getting behind Sunderland.

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Just over five minutes to go until kick-off now.

Arsenal have turned their form around in the last few matches... they’ll be keen to go into Christmas on a high. Sunderland have had a good season this far though and will fancy a shock result.

Should be an entertaining watch!

Warm-ups almost done...

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Johnson backtracking slightly...

19:20 , Matt Verri

Ahead of the quarter-final draw, the Sunderland manager had this to say:

“I’d love to have Arsenal away, or Tottenham away if not that. And then we’ll wait for the really big guns when it’s two legs.”

Since then he’s said the comments were only tongue in cheek, insisting that he has full respect for Arsenal’s fans and players.

That explains it...

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So an exciting looking lineup from Arteta. No Maitland-Niles or Chambers in the squad, which is a bit of surprise.

But Balogun and Nketiah both start, with Odegaard perhaps in a deeper position in midfield alongside Elneny. Arteta will hope to be a position to bring on Patino in the second half with the match already secured.


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Starting XI: Burge, Winchester, Wright, Flanagan, Doyle, Gooch, Embleton, Neil, Pritchard, Broadhead, Stewart

Subs: Patterson, Evans, O’Brien, Cirkin, Xhemajli, Younger, Hume, Dunne, Kimpioka


18:46 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Leno, Cedric, White, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Odegaard, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Balogun

Subs: Ramsdale, Tierney, Gabriel, Partey, Xhaka, Patino, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette

Visitors have arrived...

18:42 , Matt Verri

Sunderland players getting a look at the pitch ahead of kick-off in just over an hour.

Team news to come in a few minutes...

Mikel Arteta urges his side not to underestimate opponents

18:37 , Matt Verri

“They are consistently winning in the league, so they have the habit of winning and competing to win, so I am expecting them to come here with no fear and try to have a good go at us,” Arteta said.

“They’re a huge club with a big, big history, it’s a Premier League club, you see the fanbase, the structure that they have around it and the history of the club.”

You can read more on what the Arsenal manager had to say about the challenge his team face tonight right here.

Lee Johnson’s thoughts on playing Arsenal

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“This will genuinely be a good stage for us as a football club to try and put ourselves back on the map a bit,” the Sunderland boss said.

“It’s one of the rare occasions we’ve been underdogs going into a game, and the players will take massive lessons from Tuesday – not only from the quality of Arsenal, but also testing ourselves against these elite teams.”

How Sunderland reached quarter-finals

18:28 , Matt Verri

Unlike Arsenal, Sunderland entered the Carabao Cup in the first round and so have had to do it the hard way.

The League One side edged past Port Vale 2-1, before beating Blackpool 3-2 away from home in the second round.

Sunderland then beat Wigan 2-0, before seeing off QPR on penalties after a 0-0 in the last 16 to set up the tie with the Gunners tonight.

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How Arsenal reached quarter-finals

18:20 , Matt Verri

The Gunners have enjoyed comfortable progress in the Carabao Cup so far this season.

They kicked off the run with a 6-0 win away to West Brom, before seeing off AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at the Emirates in the third round.

Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah were on target in the last round as Arsenal beat Leeds 2-0, to make it through to the last eight.

Three games, 11 goals scored, none conceded.

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18:06 , Matt Verri

It seems a given that Mikel Arteta will rotate his side due to the festive fixture pileup.

But with no European football this season, the Spaniard is also surely desperate to go as far as possible in this competition and as long as his side are on it they should prove too good for the League One outfit.

Arsenal to win 2-0.

Arsenal team news

17:54 , Matt Verri

Arsenal’s Covid outbreak has so far seen two players test positive - midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and defender Pablo Mari - so neither will be available.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not being considered for selection after being stripped of the captaincy over a disciplinary breach.

Emile Smith Rowe seems likely to start, having scored off the bench in each of the Gunners’ last two games since returning from injury, while the likes of Nuno Tavares, Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding and Eddie Nketiah will be hoping for minutes.

How to watch Arsenal vs Sunderland

17:43 , Matt Verri

TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.


17:31 , Matt Verri

Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage as Arsenal host Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Mikel Arteta’s side have won their last three matches in the Premier League so the mood is a positive one around the club at the moment. They would love to go into Christmas with a place in the last four of the Carabao Cup secured.

League One Sunderland have nothing to lose though and will have their eye on a shock result against a potentially much-changed Arsenal team.

We’ll have all the build-up and team news ahead of kick-off at the Emirates, which comes at 7:45pm GMT.

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