Saka and Pepe strike as Arsenal sink Sheffield United

Date published: Sunday 4th October 2020 3:59

Goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over struggling Sheffield United.

After losing to Liverpool in their last Premier League game before beating them in the Carabao Cup on penalties, Arsenal were able to bounce back to winning ways in the top flight.

Both sides had nervous moments in the first half, with David Luiz perhaps lucky not to be sent off for having hold of Oliver Burke’s shirt as the Sheffield United man went through on goal early on.

The hosts had their own appeals for an opponent to be sent off later in the half when Sander Berge caught Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he was given just a yellow card.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, with those two incidents the major talking points before the half-time whistle.

Arsenal broke the deadlock just after the hour-mark, when Saka headed home Hector Bellerin’s cross after some good work from the Gunners on the right wing.

It was Saka’s first Premier League goal at the Emirates Stadium, coming in the same week he was called up to the England squad.

Pepe doubles lead

Pepe doubled the lead from the right-hand side of the pitch, placing a shot into the far bottom corner beyond the reach of Aaron Ramsdale.

The winger had come on as a substitute for Eddie Nketiah just six minutes earlier, but quickly made an impact to increase Arsenal’s chances of winning. There were less than 200 seconds between their two goals.

Sheffield United restored their hope of mounting a comeback when David McGoldrick curled home in the 83rd minute. It was their first Premier League goal of the new season.

However, it wasn’t enough, as Arsenal clinched their third victory from their fourth league game. It means they move into the top four.

Thier visitors, on the other hand, remain in the bottom three after failing to take a point from their first four games.


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