Arsenal power past West Brom with 4-0 win at The Hawthorns

The Gunners look set to move up into the top ten in the coming week as a late brace from Alexandre Lacazette put the gloss on a dominant performance in the West Midlands.

Arteta’s team were on the front foot right from the start in this one with Sam Johnstone called into early action to deny Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction it was only a matter of time before Arsenal edged ahead as Kieran Tierney netted a superb opener.

The Scotsman raided forward from full back, turned Darnell Furlong one way and then the other and curl home a beauty past Johnstone.

And with The Baggies unable to offer resistance, Saka tucked home a brilliant second.
Lacazette’s delayed pass released Emile Smith-Rowe and his cutback was buried by Saka.

Arsenal kept on coming and coming before the break with more Johnstone keeping the score down as he denied Lacazette and Rob Holding.

And the Arsenal avalanche showed no signs of slowly after the break before Lacazette finally made it three.

Saka was right at the heart of it once again Semi Ajayi deflected his cross onto the post before Lacazette pounced to tuck home.

Arsenal smelt blood in the final stages as Lacazette volleyed home Tierney’ cross for Goal No.4 as Sam Allardyce’s miserable start continues with The Baggies.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Arsenal 4

Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, winning four of those games, and are fifth in the table going into the weekend, as whispers of a finish in the European places begin to grow on the South coast.

Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping his side can continue to manage without top scorer Danny Ings, with Theo Walcott netting his first goal for Southampton in almost 15 years against Wolves last week in his absence.

Walcott is set to continue his partnership with Che Adams when United come to town, as Southampton have no new injury worries from that game at Molineux.

Will Smallbone may come back into contention after missing the draw with a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond won’t make it due to a hamstring injury. Defender Mohamed Salisu is back training with the team but not expected to be part of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without Paul Pogba, who is struggling with a swollen ankle. The injury kept him out of the win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the week and he is rated at 50/50 for the visit to St Mary’s. Donny Van De Beek should continue in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Jesse Lingard continues to self-isolate after coming into contact with a COVID positive person, while defensive trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are both longer-term absentees.

Solskjaer is hoping Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shake off back and ankle injuries in time for selection, after both were withdrawn early the Champions League win on Tuesday night.

A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure on the Norwegian manager, after rumours of his sacking intensified earlier this month, and move his side closer to the pack chasing Liverpool and Tottenham at the top of the league.

Southampton could leapfrog Chelsea with a win ahead of their game with Spurs later on Sunday afternoon, and continue their dream start into the congested Christmas period.

Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Arsenal end Old Trafford hoodoo with 1-0 Premier League win at Manchester United

On a night of few clear chances for either team a second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a crucial three points for the Gunners.

Neither side created much in the early stages on a rainy night in Manchester before a chance apiece just before the break.

United striker Mason Greenwood wriggled away from Gabriel inside the box but Bernd Leno reacted smartly to block his effort.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to Bukayo Saka but the teenager could only head over from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

The visitors picked up the initiative after the break with Alexandre Lacazette releasing Aubameyang to release Aubameyang who curled just wide.

With neither really able to take charge of the game, the match turned on a decisive moment on 65 minutes.

Bellerin collided with Paul Pogba inside the box and despite the Frenchman’s protests, referee Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot and Aubameyang confidently slotted past David De Gea.

United almost pinched a point in the closing stages as Donny van de Beek’s effort deflected onto the post but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to stage a big finale.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1

Manchester United secure dramatic 4-1 comeback win at Newcastle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season, but late strikes from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford secured a crucial three points on Tyneside.

But despite the final result, it wasn’t all plain sailing for United as full back Luke Shaw conceded a comical own goal after two minutes.

That setback did serve to sting the visitors into action however, as skipper Harry Maguire powered home from a corner on 24 minutes.

The game swung from end to end before the break as both keepers produced vital stops, with David De Gea denying Allan Saint-Maximin and Karl Darlow saving from Wan-Bissaka.

United did manage to wrestle back control after the break as Fernandes was handed a fantastic chance to put them back in front from the penalty spot.

But the normally nerveless Portuguese international was superbly denied by Darlow.

The Magpies keeper formed a one man barrier in the closing stages before he was final beaten by Fernandes on the stroke of full time.

That goal broke Newcastle’s confidence and United took full advantage in added time.

Wan Bissaka strode onto Rashford’s pass to fire home his first United goal before Rashford got in on the act with seconds left as thumped home Fernandes’ through ball.


Arsenal cruise to 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

The Blades can count themselves unlucky after a strong showing at the Emirates, but two goals in two minutes, from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, snatched all three points

Chris Wilder’s side set their stall out to frustrate the hosts in the first half, with keeper Aaron Ramsdale producing two smart stops from Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, despite holding their own in the first 45 minutes, the visitors began to creak under the pressure of Arsenal’s attack as Saka finally found a breakthrough.

Hector Bellerin’s run and cross drew the Blades defence out of position and Saka cushioned home a back-post header.

That goal completely upset the Blades game plan, and Pepe sucker punched them a minute later with a fine solo strike.

United did rally in the final 10 minutes as David McGoldrick curled home, but with no points on the board, the pressure will continue build on Wilder.


Manchester United face Luton Town in EFL Cup action

United kicked off their Premier League campaign with defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, and Solskjaer is expected to ring the changes against the Championship club.

Dean Henderson could be in line for his United debut at Kenilworth Road, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams coming into the defence.

Dutch international Donny van de Beek made his own off the bench against Palace, and the former Ajax man is expected to start this one, alongside the returning Odion Ighalo and Nemanja Matic.

And whilst this game looks like an easy task for United on paper, they will be looking to avoid a possible banana skin, after crashing out at this stage of the competition in 2018, losing a penalt shootout to Derby.