West Ham beat West Brom 3-1 to get closer to the Europa League qualification, Arsenal and Everton post wins to keep their European Conference League hopes alive.
Richarlison’s second half header was enough to seal the three points for Everton against Wolves at Goodison park on Wednesday. In the other match of the day, Arsenal scored two goals in the injury time of the second half to defeat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst park. West Ham beat relegated West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at The Hawthorns to move one step closer to Europa League qualification. Arsenal and Everton still have a chance to qualify for UEFA Conference League going into the final day fixtures on May 23 as seventh placed Tottenham lost to Aston Villa.
Everton hosted Wolves in their last home game of the season. Carlo Ancelotti’s men won only their third match at home this season courtesy of Richarlison’s header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner in the 48th minute. The win helped Everton to 59 points, level on points with Tottenham. Everton travel to Manchester City for their final match of the season.
West Ham’s Declan Rice missed a penalty early in the match before Matheus Pereira scored of a corner to give the lead to the home side. Pereira’s in-swinging corner from the right wing nicked of Soucek’s head to go inside the West Ham goal. Just before the interval, Thomas Soucek leveled the score for West Ham with a simple tap in at the far post from Said Benrahma’s low cross from the right side of penalty area.
West Ham scored two late goals to secure the crucial win. Aaron Cresswell’s in-swinging corner from the right wing was headed in by Angelo Ogbanna at the far post in the 82nd minute. Six minutes after the goal, Michail Antonio finished of a break away move after receiving the ball from Jesse Lingard. The win helped West Ham to 62 points, three points above Tottenham and four points adrift fifth placed Leicester City.
Mikel Arteta’s side scored the first goal of the match through Nicolas Pepe in the 35th minute. Kieran Tierney combined with Bukayo Saka on the left flank to deliver a superb cross which was slotted in by Pepe to make the score 1-0 for Arsenal. The home side equalized two minutes after the hour mark, through Christian Benteke’s low diving header from an Andros Townsend free-kick.
Substitute Gabriel Martinelli got on the end of Martin Odegaard’s in-swinging cross to score with a scrappy finish to make the score 2-1 for Arsenal in the injury time. Just before the final whistle, Pepe scored his second of the night with a solo effort to seal the away win for Arsenal. It was their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League.
After the win, Arsenal are ninth in the points table with 58 points, they could go as high as seventh with a victory against Brighton in the next game depending on the other results.