Carabao Cup: Arsenal vs Sunderland Player Ratings as the Gunners win 5-1

Arsenal vs Sunderland Player Ratings

Arsenal vs Sunderland: Arsenal squared off against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in the ongoing edition of the League Cup

Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick and goals from Pepe and Patino secured a comfortable win for Arsenal. The Gunners will not wait for the winner of Brentford – Chelsea in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. 

Let’s take a look at the player ratings for Arsenal vs Sunderland match:-

Arsenal vs Sunderland Player Ratings 

Arsenal 

Bernd Leno (8/10): Leno made some decent saves in the first half. However, he could have done better for the goal. 

Cedric (7/10): Looked all over the place defensively. However, racked up an assist for Pepe. 

Rob Holding (9/10): a well-deserved start for Holding. Did his job well, would be disappointed with not getting a clean sheet. 

White (7/10): Was vocal and never allowed his teammates to get incompetent. Did get caught up in a weird position for Sunderland’ opener.  

Tavares (8/10): Tavares was rash throughout the game. It helped sometimes while getting him in trouble positionally. 

Mo Elneny (7/10): Arteta wanted him to hold the line alone. However, Xhaka’s presence was certainly required.  

Odegaard (9/10): The Norwegian continues to impress. Played a beautiful line-breaking pass to Pepe which was turned into a goal. 

Pepe (8/10):. Got his goal in the first half. Turned it up a notch in the second.   

Emile Smith-Rowe (0/10): made his return to the starting eleven. Looked good in patches, not his best.

Nketiah (8/10): Scored a typical Nketiah goal to open the scoring. Got his second early in the second half.   

Balogun (6/10): Underwhelming night for Balogun. The highly-rated youngster did look lively on the left but couldn’t produce anything in front of the goal.

Substitutes:

Xhaka (8/10): Added a level of calmness that the Arsenal midfield needed at times. Stabled the game for the Gunners.

Gabriel: NA

Charlie Patino (8/10): Didn’t have much to do in the middle. However, announced himself to the Emirates faithful with a goal. 

Martinelli (7/10): Made an instant impact coming from the bench in the Arsenal vs Sunderland game. Got their captain booked after drawing him into a rash tackle.  

Sunderland 

Lee Burge (3/10): Not much to write after conceding 5 goals. Could have done better with Arsenal’s opener. 

Bailey Wright (3/10): Defended well in the first half. However, got found out later. 

Tom Flanagan (2/10): Struggled to deal with Nketiah’s movement. Should have tracked him better for the third goal.  

Callum Doyle (3/10): Didn’t let Pepe get past him in the first half. Was decent with his feet.  

Elliot Embleton (4/10): Was at fault for Arsenal’s third goal. Lost a 50/50 to Nuno Tavares which allowed him to whip an assist for Nketiah. 

Carl Winchester (6/10): Got into some good positions left by Tavares. Whipped in some decent balls too. 

Daniel Neil (8/10): Played that pin-point ball which was finished off by broadhead. Was a constant threat in the first half. 

Lynden Gooch (5/10): Grew into the first half strongly and found it ideal to play against Arsenal’s midfield. 

Alex Pritchard (8/10): Ended his night with 3 shots on target. Couldn’t convert any shot in a goal in the Arsenal vs Sunderland contest. 

Ross Stewart (8/10): Picked up smart positions in the half-spaces on the right side. Even nearly managed a screamer but was denied by the post.  

Nathan Broadhead (9/10): Bittersweet night for Broadhead. He finished off a brilliant team move before getting subbed off minutes before the first half. 

Substitutes:

Hume (2/10): Nicolas Pepe absolutely humiliated him on a couple of occasions in the second half. One of which was converted into a goal.

O’Brien (0/10): NA

Evans (0/10): NA 

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