Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick in the second round of the League Cup in their 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday to ease the tribulation around the battered Arsenal.
Arsenal made the first two Beaten Premier League games by Brentford and Chelsea and arrived in an uproar at the Hawthorns after their worst start to the season ever.
Mikel Arteta’s side were whistled after their 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Sunday > Against this miserable background, Arteta could not afford a defeat against pursuers West Brom, who rested his entire first team and set up a team with seven debutants.
Fortunately for Arteta, Aubameyang was able to start his season for the first time after recovering from the corona virus .
Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s first two goals of the season before Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka scored.
The Gabonese striker completed his triple shortly after one he hour and Alexandre Lacazette added sixth.
There won’t be much breathing space for Arteta, however, as this weekend they have a daunting trip to Premier League champions Manchester City, where Arteta is assistant to Pep Guardiola worked before joining Arsenal.
A loss to City would put more pressure on Arteta, who has asked Arsenal fans at a difficult time he describes as « unprecedented » in the club’s history to support the team.
Amid reports that ex-Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has stepped up to replace Arteta if results don’t improve in the next five games, he desperately needed a moral win against Albion.
There was no lack of support for Arteta from Arsenal’s considerable support in the Midlands and, for once, their players also gave up.
After Arsenal did not qualify for Europe n was able to, Arsenal had to move into the League Cup for the first time since 1995 in the round of 16.
The North Londoners had not suffered a second-round defeat in the competition since 1978, and they kept this run intact.
Arsenal worked from the start vulnerable and it required a fine save from Aaron Ramsdale, who made his debut after his move from Sheffield United, to fend off Taylor Gardner-Hickman’s deep shot.
Adam Reach shot from the resulting corner just past the far post, but Arsenal took the lead in the 17th minute.
The sad Albion, who was defending on the edge of their own penalty area, presented the ball to Saka and when his stabbing attempt was blocked by Alex Palmer, Aubameyang was there to go into the empty net to knock.
Arsenal had too much experience for Albion’s staid youngsters and their captain struck again in the 45th minute.
Pepe caught the offside trap and when his shot hit the post, he waited Aubameyang eager to shoot from close range.
Pepe conceded Arsenal three seconds before break, the Ivory Coast winger stretched to score from four meters after Aubameyang’s shot was blocked.
Saka made fourth place in the 50th minute with a sweeping finish after Martin Odegaard’s ambush.
Aubameyang sealed his third hat-trick for Arsenal in the 62nd minute when he rolled from the edge of the box into the far corner.
Lacazette made his first appearance this season, shooting home from a Pepe cross in the 69th minute.
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