Niclas Bendtner precise 20 yard shot put the Gunners ahead and he added his second, Aaaron Ramsey’s audacious backheel setting up Bendtner to slot home. Vela scored his first before the break curling to the bottom corner from Bendtner’s chipped ball.
Then the moment of magic, Vela with a bit of luck shouldered the ball over the defender before dinking the ball over the stunned Paddy Kenny from close range. It was one the best best goals of the season so far. Jack Wilshere made it five drilling a shot from outside the box into the corner before Vela wrapped up his hat-trick balsting the ball past the keeper. Merida had a good night with an all action display.
It was a footballing masterclass from the young Gunners side with an average age of 19. There was some moments where defensively the youngsters looked inexperienced especially the midfield cover but overall a great performance.
Arsenal: Fabianski (6), Hoyte (6), Djourou (8), Song (7) (Lansbury 70 (6)), Gibbs (7), Randall (8), Ramsey (8), Merida (8) (Coquelin 71 (6)), Wilshere (7), Bendtner (8) (Simpson 71(6)), Vela (9)*.
Subs Not Used: Mannone, Emmanuel-Thomas, Ogogo, Frimpong.
Goals: Bendtner 31, 42, Vela 44, 50, Wilshere 57, Vela 87.
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Halford, Morgan, Kilgallon, Naysmith, Cotterill (Naughton 46), Speed (Hendrie 73), Quinn, Montgomery, Beattie (Robertson 76), Webber.
Subs Not Used: Bennett, Sharp, Geary, Ehiogu.
Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)