Alexandre Lacazette’s Double Secures Three Points for Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice to secure all three points for Arsenal in a resounding 3-0 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing through illness, while playmakers Martin Odegaard and were out with injuries. Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos came into the side looking to seize their opportunity as both players had points to prove to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
Martinelli came close to breaking the deadlock after 24 minutes when he was fed by Ceballos but his shot was driven into the side-netting. However, Lacazette fired the gunners into the lead after a lovely passing sequence involving Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Ceballos.
It was Lacazette’s 11th Premier League goal of the season. Arsenal created more chances, however, the score remained 1-0 to the gunners at halftime.
In the second half Arsenal continued to press and almost doubled its lead through Lacazette, but the striker fired wide. Martinelli then doubled Arsenal’s lead with 19 minutes remaining.
The 19-year-old reacted quickest to tap the ball into an empty net after Sheffield goalkeeper Ramsdale initially saved Pepe’s shot. It was Martinelli’s his first goal in 446 days since scoring against Chelsea in January 2020.
The Blades looked lost and couldn’t contain the free-flowing Arsenal attack as the third goal arrived in the 85th minute.
Lacazette raced onto Partey’s defence-splitting through-ball to fire past Ramsdale making the score 3-0.
It was the Frenchman’s 50th Premier League goal, capping off man-of-the-match performance for the visitors.
The victory keeps Arsenal’s European qualification chances via the league alive, while Sheffield United’s fate of relegation is close to being sealed. The blades are bottom of the table with 14 points from 31 games, and 18 points behind 17th-placed Newcastle.
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