Arsenal back to winning ways as Aubameyang grabs hattrick in EFL Cup rout

Arsenal back to winning ways as Aubameyang grabs hattrick in EFL Cup rout

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his season with a hat-trick as Arsenal forgot their 2021/2022 English Premier League (EPL) troubles to hit second-tier West Bromwich Albion 6-0 on Wednesday.

 

The emphatic victory helped them to reach the third round of the 2021/2022 League Cup.

 

Meanwhile, Southampton went two better than Arsenal on the night in the same competition;  dealing fourth-tier Newport County an 8-0 drubbing at Rodney Parade in the South Coast side’s biggest away win of their 136-year history.

 

Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Burnley failed to provide much excitement for the 30,000 crowd at St James’ Park; with that game ending goalless. But Burnley scaled through after winning 4-3 on penalty kicks.

 

Aubameyang was absent from the Gunners’ opening two 2-0 league defeats after testing positive for COVID-19.

 

But he wasted no time in tapping into an empty net in the 17th minute. That was after Bukayo Saka’s saved effort fell to him.

 

 

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He made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time. Nicolas Pepe’s shot rebounded off the post for another tap-in. The Gabonese then repaid the favour seconds later.The hat-trick was sealed in the 62nd minute. It came after Saka had bagged the fourth goal of the game in the 50th minute, with a strike from 18 yards.

 

Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench for his season’s debut. He made it 6-0 four minutes later, assisted by Pepe. It was for Arsenal to celebrate their first win of the season against opponents who were effectively a reserve team. West Brom, relegated from the Premier League last season, made 11 changes from the side that won at the weekend in the Championship.

 

They had five players —- including goalkeeper Alex Palmer —- making their debuts.

 

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was also debuting following his move from Sheffield United.

 

Loanee Armando Broja scored in each half on his debut for Southampton; while Mohamed Elyounoussi grabbed a second half hat-trick as Newport were hammered.

 

Nathan Tella (25th), Kyle Walker-Peters (44th) and Nathan Redmond (69th) also scored; with the Saints running riot in the second half after going in 3-0 at the break.

 

Source: NAN

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