Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal registered a comfortable 3-0 away Premier League win over relegation strugglers Sheffield United on Sunday (April 11).
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal registered a comfortable 3-0 away Premier League win over relegation strugglers Sheffield United on Sunday (April 11). Arsenal dominated possession and created better chances, meaning the victory never seemed in doubt. What remains in limbo, however, is their chances of European qualification next season. The win lifted them to 9th in the league table, 10 points behind fourth-placed West Ham. But all eyes will now be on the Europa League encounter against Slavia Prague, with the tie currently at 1-1.
However, the best that Arsenal could do for now was win. And that is exactly what they did against a side that have struggled for form all season.
Arsenal started the game on the front foot and therefore looked the likelier to score. The goal arrived when Dani Ceballos pulled off an excellent back-heel to set up Lacazette.
The Frenchman, who has been in fine form lately, rifled home a shot that flew past Aaron Ramsdale in goal. Yet if the first goal was down to innovation, the second was due to Sheffield shooting themselves in the foot.
John Lundstram gave away the ball at the edge of his area, allowing Nicholas Pepe to shoot. Gabriel Martinelli was on hand to convert the rebound from Pepe’s shot.
Lacazette added the cherry on the cake with five minutes left on the clock. He ran onto Thomas Partey’s through ball and then finished with ease.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 11, 2021
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta: “I’m really happy. From the start, I had the feeling the guys were at it. We understood how we had to attack and we were efficient. We controlled the game, played at a high level and scored some nice goals.”
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom: “It’s an unforgiving league. It might seem a harsh scoreline but the margins are so fine, you have to be switched on.”