After the big disappointment in the Europa League (elimination in the semi-finals against Villarreal), Arsenal no longer had a choice and had to give everything to have a tiny chance of qualifying for a European Cup at the end of the season, without having his destiny between its crampons. The Gunners fulfilled their mission and won (2-1) against West Bromwich Albion this Sunday evening, on behalf of the 35th day of the Premier League. Mikel Arteta’s men made the difference in the first period in the space of 6 minutes thanks to the achievements of Smith Rowe at the conclusion of a beautiful collective movement (29th) then of Nicolas Pépé (35th), author of a sumptuous wound left foot at the entrance to the surface of the Baggies, who still reduced the gap thanks to Matheu Pereira (67th) before Willian definitively seals the fate of this meeting. Note that this is the Brazilian’s first goal with the North London club.
This defeat, which confirms the difficulties encountered by Sam Allardyce when he moves into Arsenal’s lair (no career victory), especially formalizes the relegation of West Brom (19th, 26 points) to the Championship. After Sheffield United, WBA is therefore the second team in this 2020-2021 exercise to be sentenced to join the antechamber of English football. For its part, Arsenal (9th, 52 points) continues a second success in a row in the Premier League and returns to 6 units of the 5th place occupied by West Ham. The Gunners also accuse 4 lengths of their sworn enemy, Tottenham, current 7th and virtually qualified for the Europa League Conference. There are three games left for Alexandre Lacazette and his partners to give themselves the right to dream up to their means and make people forget the disappointment in C3.
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