On Tuesday, December 21st, 2021, as if it was even possible for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah to execute and record a hat trick, to be shown up by the young teenage phenom, Charlie Patino, but it may just have happened as the academy graduate Patino scored a rare debut goal for Arsenal as they defeated Sunderland with a final tally of 5 to 1 on Tuesday.
Only 11 – minutes following Patino coming off of the bench for Arsenal, Charlie completed their dominating 5 to 1 victory over Sunderland with a solid goal which just so happened to send Arsenal into the semifinals of the League Cup.
The dramatic stoppage – time goal score taking place from the Emirates Stadium located in London, England witnessed the 18 – year – old promising midfielder in Patino poke in a shot following Nicolas Pépé rolling the football out into the penalty area.
Pépé did not only set up his teammates with nice assists as he also added to Arsenal’s goal scoring effort as Pepe netted the 2nd – goal in the 1st – half for Arsenal shortly after Nketiah netted the match opener from close range during the 17th – minute of match play versus the 3rd – tier side of the contest.
Then Nathan Broadhead got a goal back for Sunderland. That was their only goal score of the match for them. Nketiah’s restored the dominance for Arsenal with his back – heeled flick in to the back of the net to reestablish Arsenal’s 2 – goal advantage 4 – minutes into the 2nd – half of the football match.
Finally, Nketiah completed his treble masterpiece during the 58th – minute of the contest following him getting the sweet end of a cross – kick by Pépé who was all over the field setting up him comrades last Tuesday.
This was just another dominant as well as confidence boosting assault for Arsenal, who is now presently in the 4th – place spot in the English Premier League (EPL) as they attempt to stop a 5 – season exile from the elusive Champions League.
The League Cup semifinal lineup will be finalized by Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 when Chelsea goes to play at Brentford, Liverpool will face off against Leicester, and Tottenham Hotspur will ultimately host West Ham as well.
“When you win football matches everything looks much better,” the head coach of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, proclaimed. “We have to be consistent with the decisions that we make, keep trying to improve all the time the way we play, perform better and better and the results will come. They are coming right now and now it is about consistency. There are a lot of games coming up and we want to maintain that form.”
“Nketiah should expect to get more playing time,” Arteta emphatically expressed.
“We’re going to need him and he’s going to play more minutes,” Arteta goes on to say. “He wants to be the best and works all the time to do that. He’s a player that has come through our system and that’s why we want to keep him.”
The Associated Press News Services. “Nketiah treble, Patino debut goal as Arsenal advances in cup”. December 21, 2021.
“English Premier League Table 2021 – 22”. ESPN. December 21, 2021.