North London giants Arsenal are building their form nicely ahead of the busy festive period and the latest win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup took their winning run to four games in all competitions including three games in the Premier League.

The Gunners were overwhelming favourites ahead of their Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with the Black Cats from League One and they made it count by thrashing their opponents 5-1 at home to seal a place in the last four of the competition.

Arsenal had earlier hit a poor run of form when they lost three away games in the Premier League but they have been able to bounce back to record three straight wins. After a 10-match unbeaten in all competitions over the month of September and October, the Gunners lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton in three of their next four games with the solitary win coming against struggling Newcastle United. They beat the Magpies 2-0 at home during that run with goals from England international Bukayo Saka and second half substitute Gabriel Martinelli.

The current run of three straight wins began with the 3-0 home win over Southampton in the league thanks to the goals from Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes. The Gunners then made it two wins in a row with the 2-0 victory over 10-man West Ham United in the London Derby with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and second half substitute Emile Smith-Rowe.

Arsenal made it three wins in a row in the league to consolidate fourth place on the Premier League log with the 4-1 away win over Leeds United who got their goal via a second half penalty from star man Raphinha. On their part, Gabriel Martinelli (two goals), Bukayo Saka and English substitute Emile Smith-Rowe scored the goals for Arsenal.

The 5-1 home win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup last eight made it four wins in a row for the Gunners with goals from Eddie Nketiah (3), Nicholas Pepe and substitute Charlie Patino, while Nathan Broadhead scored for the Black Cats.