Arsenal defeats West Brom 6-0 in England’s League Cup
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a hat trick Wednesday in a 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the second round of England’s League Cup.
Mikel Arteta now just needs his Arsenal players to perform as impressively in the Premier League, rather than just against a second-tier side.
“This is good to build the confidence of the team,” Aubameyang said. “We know we had a tough start to the season.”
The heat is on Arteta with Arsenal losing its opening two Premier League matches and traveling to champion Manchester City on Saturday.
Arsenal hadn't even scored this season until the trip to West Brom.
While the Arsenal starting lineup boasted 348 senior international appearances and three national captains in Aubameyang (Gabon), Martin Odegaard (Norway) and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), West Brom changed the entire side from its last Championship game, handing out five debuts with an average age of under 23.
Aubameyang was infected with the coronavirus on the eve of the new campaign, missing the loss at Brentford and coming off the bench in the defeat by Chelsea on Sunday.
He will not have scored many easier goals than the first-half double that set Arsenal on its way to a third-round meeting with third-tier side AFC Wimbledon.
Bukayo Saka’s smart feet saw him evade a number of challenges before his low shot was pushed out into the feet of Aubameyang, who tucked home from close-range for Arsenal’s first goal of the campaign in the 17th minute.