Arsenal register morale-boosting win ahead of Europa League semis

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Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2 – St. James stadium – Sunday, 2 May 2021

Goals from Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal overcome Newcastle 2-0 at the St. James Park on Sunday afternoon as the Gunners fought to stay inside the top half of the Premier League table.

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Arsenal travelled to Newcastle in dire need of a win after a disappointing draw against relegation candidate Fulham and losses to Everton and Villarreal.

For the Gunners who had won their previous six games against Newcastle, this was the perfect match to get their groove back.

Aubameyang, returning from a bout of malaria should have got the first one for Arsenal, but his mishit from a Hector Bellerin cross fell to Elneny who volleyed in on 5 minutes for his first Premier League goal in 66 outings.

Arsenal’s opener sparked life into Newcastle who almost equalized in the 18th minute when Allan Saint-Maximin’s scuffed shot looked set to loop in, but goalkeeper Mat Ryan scrambled back in time to tip it over.

Mikel Arteta’s men were in search of a second with Granit Xhaka’s left-footed shot from a distance forcing a fine save from Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka before Miguel Almiron prevented Elneny from heading in his second off a corner with a stunning goal-line clearance.

The better chances continued to come the way of the visitors as Gabriel Magalhaes headed a glorious chance over just on the stroke of the hour.

Arsenal’s second of the evening came from a brilliant one-touch move that saw Gabriel Martinelli finding Aubameyang at the back post.

The Gabonese international then volleyed in on the 66th minute for his first goal since early March, taking his season’s tally across all competitions to fifteen.

Jonjo Shelvey’s long-distance effort was the only attempt on the part of the Magpies to salvage something and things went from bad to worse for Steve Bruce’s team when Fabian Schar was sent off for a rash lunge on Martinelli in stoppage time.

Arsenal moved to the ninth spot and a point ahead of Aston Villa’s 48, but the latter have a game in hand. Despite the home loss, Newcastle are nine points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.

Other results from Sunday, 2 May 2021

  • Manchester United / Liverpool (postponed)
  • Tottenham 4 – Gareth Bale 36m, 61m, 69m, Son Hueng-min 77m / Sheffield 0

Burnley 1 West Ham 2 – Turf Moor – Monday, May 3, 2021

Antonio’s double strike keeps West Ham’s Champions League dreams alive

Michail Antonio returned from injury to score twice as West Ham came back from being a goal down to beat Burnley 1-2 away at Turf Moor on Monday night.

It was Sean Dyche’s hosts who took the lead through a penalty awarded to them when Chris Wood was brought down by Tomas Soucek inside the area.

Wood who took the spot kick drilled his shot low to keeper Lukasz Fabianski’s right to make it 1-0 in the 19th minute of play. The Clarets’ joy was short-lived as Antonio, returning from a prolonged hamstring injury, swiftly moved in between a couple of defenders before heading the ball in from an enticing Vladimir Coufal cross in the 21st.

Antonia capped off his evening with a second only 8 minutes later as he poked in from a fine Said Benrahma delivery. Having registered as many as 22 shots, West Ham could have easily added more to their tally of two goals but the win means that they moved above Tottenham into fifth and are three points away from 4th placed Chelsea.

Burnley languish low in the bottom half on the 16th just two places above relegation candidate Fulham.

West Ham coach David Moyes in a post-match interview was heard saying;

“Europe would be an incredible achievement. I think I’ll be disappointed if we don’t get there now.”
With fixtures against struggling sides like Everton, Brighton, West Bromwich and Southampton lined up, the Hammers will fancy their chances of finishing in the Top Four.

Other results from May 4, Monday

  • West Bromwich 1 – Mbaye Diagne 62m / Wolverhampton 1 – Fabio Silva 45+2m

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