Saka and Pepe go Guns Bladeszing
Arsenal-Bukayo Saka (61′), Nicolas Pepe (64) 2-1 Sheffield -David McGoldrick (83′)
3 points secured, 2 goals scored but still another blank day for the skipper, Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal will be happy going into the international break with 3 wins out of 4 games. Mikel Arteta made named a different Line up to the team that played in the mid-week Carabao cup match against Liverpool at Anfield, with Aubameyang, Bellerin, and Willian returning to the starting Line up.
The first half was quiet, with very few cut chances. Arsenal displaying possession but failing to break down the Sheffield United defense. The second half began with Arsenal looking brighter and sharper than the first. Eddie Nketiah was pretty much quiet today, which prompted Arteta to take him off and replace him with Pepe, shifting Aubameyang back to his preferred number 9 role. The change brought much penetration down the right-hand side in the 61st minute as Pepe and Aubameyang combined well to set up Bellerin for a cross into the head of Saka for the first goal. 3 minutes later, Pepe will get himself on the score sheet as he combined well with Bellerin before going on a solo run and placing the ball down the left-hand side of the Sheffield United net to put the Gunners 2 goals up.
Arteta looked to see out the game as he brought on Granit Xhaka and Maitland-Niles to help tighten the defense. But Sheffield United will score what will be their first goal of the season in the 84th minute through Mc Goldrick, who was allowed too much space and time on the edge of the Arsenal 18 yard box before he bent a curling shot into the net of Bernd Leno to give Sheffield United a lifeline. But the Gunners defense will absorb the dying minutes’ pressure to see out their 3rd victory of the season.
They will head into the international break with confidence and space to recover before they come back to continue their tough run of fixtures for October but so far, it has been a blistering start to the season for the Gunners. Hopefully, they can continue this same vein of form after the international break.
Match Review by Patrick Alexander