It was stuff of dreams for young Englishman Charlie Patino who came off the bench for Arsenal to make his mark during the Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie with League One giants Sunderland earlier this week. A lot of Arsenal fans had waited for manager Mikel Arteta to give him an opportunity to show his quality and the 18-year-old did just that when he came on for England international Emile Smith-Rowe with ten minutes left to play against the Black Cats.
With the fourth Arsenal goal, Nketiah was able to score his hattrick to take his Carabao Cup tally to five goals in three games this season and a total of ten goals in nine matches. He was responsible for the first, third and fourth Arsenal goals.
The reward for the 5-1 home win over the Black Cats in the last eight of the Carabao Cup is a semi-final tie with Liverpool next month for a place in the Carabao Cup final.