Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal rejoiced in their uneven season by scoring a predictable 3-0 win against Premier League bottom Sheffield United. The game had no history but it did leave one of the best goals of the season.
It was in the 33rd minute when Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after a great collective move by Arsenal. It was started by the French striker himself, sending Bukayo Saka, who first touched Dani Ceballos, who with a spectacular heel assist left Lacazette alone to cross the goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Great performance by Ceballos
Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, starred in one of the best performances with Arsenal and was one of the highlights alongside Gabriel Martinelli and Lacazette. In the absence of the injured Martín Odegaard, the three carried the weight of the attack in the first half that initially choked him since before the goal only Martinelli shot a couple of times on goal against a Sheffield that barely appeared in the rival area on rare occasions.
Martinelli’s first goal in more than two years
Martinelli made it 0-2 at halftime with a point-blank shot that covered the defense, but finally won the prize for his good performance in the second half. The Brazilian took advantage of Ramsdale’s rejection after a shot by Nicolas Pépé to score his first goal in the Premier since January 2020 after overcoming his long knee injury.
Lacazette relapses with his 13th league goal
With Sheffield already delivered and with a foot and a half in the second division, Pépé culminated his outstanding second half with a great pass between the lines that left only Lacazette, who did not forgive Ramsdale. Double for the Frenchman, who has 13 goals in the Premier.
After the disappointing 0-3 of the previous day against Liverpool, Arsenal achieved a placid triumph that places them in ninth place and will give them confidence to face the visit to Prague on Thursday to try to qualify against Slavia after 1-1 this week at the Emirates in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Sheffield United: Ramsdale; Ampadu, Egan, Stevens; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Osborn; Burke (McBurnie, 65 ‘) (Mousset, 83’) and McGoldrick (Brewster, 65 ‘)
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Pablo Marí, Xhaka;
Thomas Partey, Ceballos; Pépé, Saka (Willian, 69 ‘), Martinelli (Elneny, 83’); Lacazette (Nketiah, 89 ‘)
Goals: 0-1 Lacazette (33 ‘), 0-2 Martinelli (71’), 0-3 Lacazette (85 ‘)
Referee: Peter Bankes. Cards: YELLOWS: Pablo Marí (80 ‘), Ampadu (94’)
Stadium: Behind closed doors on Bramall Lane