If Arsenal’s entry to Carabao Cup At this early stage due to their absence from the European competition, they booked their way to the next round by showing their true class. Against the reserve club team, admittedly, but this was a show that Mikel Arteta and his team could encourage. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick on his first start to the season, and Nicolas Pepe, Bucayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also scored in a match where the visitors threatened to score almost every time they attacked. Now all they have to do is play this way regularly. Then confidence will grow in the Arsenal players and the Arteta process.
The last time Arteta took his side to Hawthorne, for the Premier League meeting in January, the pitch was engulfed in a blizzard but expectations looked bright for the coach. “Everything looks a lot better,” Arteta announced after his team’s 4-0 win that night. “Now we’ve regained some discipline, look more creative and look solid in the back.” After more than eight months, he enveloped the blues Arsenal Again he criticized Arteta. He needed to win.
Valérien Ismaël’s squad ensured Arteta would have no excuses as the West Brom coach sent the shadow side, canceling all 11 players who started their last West Brom Championship match. Arsenal retained just four of the players who started Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea, but new arrivals have included Aubameyang as well as three summer deals: Aaron Ramsdale, given his debut after his £24m move from Sheffield United, Martin Odegaard has made his first appearance since then. now. A permanent transfer from Real Madrid, Nuno Tavares, is on his first start after two games off the bench.
Arsenal soon discovered that the second series of West Brom was bent on executing the superior attacking style that Ismail preached, with intense pressing and direct moves more than anything we saw here under Sam Allardyce last season. Quevin Castro, cute but very eager, was booked in the second minute to catch Ødegaard, and Ramsdale rushed into a pair of uncomfortable early breaks. Soon the goalkeeper had to make a first save, dropping to his right to block a light curling effort from clever Tom Fellowes. West Brom pulled Arsenal off with a clever routine from the ensuing corner, but Adam Rich slipped his foot from seven yards.
Arsenal did not wither. Their departure was more complicated than the hosts’, but they could only make this matter if it matched the energy of West Brom – which they mostly did. Arteta could take satisfaction in the fact that their opening goal came from pressure by his side’s best performer, Saka shoving Castro out of West Bromwich Albion before ignoring another challenge and unloading a shot that only Alex Palmer could parry. Aubameyang swept the rebounding ball into the net from close range. Ødegaard could have made it 2-0 after another shot was blocked by Saka, but from an uncomfortable angle, the Norwegian hit his shot at the post.
With Arsenal in control, West Brom’s threat was limited to sporadic raids that never reached Ramsdale. Arteta’s men crushed their host’s resistance before the break with two goals in two minutes. Aubameyanag made it 2-0 by exploiting another rebound, this time after Pepe hit the post after Mohamed Elneny sent him into goal. Palmer denied Aubameyang a hat-trick moments later after playing more intensely than Saka, but the Gabonese striker put a rebound in Pepe’s way who pushed it into the net.
Arsenal’s hunger was uncertain. They continued their lead four minutes after the appeal with a superb goal. Saka slipped to the left before cutting into the field and feeding Odegaard and continuing his run. Ødegaard returned the ball to him with a delicious reverse flick, and Saka finished off emphatically. Aubameyang provided a better finishing touch to complete his hat-trick. After Ainsley Maitland-Niles awarded him the ball in the left corner of the penalty area, the striker fired a superb shot outside the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
Arsenal keep coming. Pépé sent a ball across the crossbar after substitute Alexandre Lacazette fired it. One minute later, Pepé switched to provider, and Lacazette showed him how to finish the match, firing a low shot into the net from 12 yards.