Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Kiwior, Zinchenko, Rice, Havertz, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Marttinelli, Nketiah
Subs: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu (65), Gabriel, Jorginho, Elneny, Vieira (72), Odegaard, Nelson (72), Trossard (65)
A hat-trick for Eddie Nketiah, his first in the Premier League helped Arsenal run out 5-0 winners against Sheffield United.
First half was a one side affair as expected with Arsenal having lion share of the possession but struggling to create a clear opportunities until the 28th minute when Rice played a gorgeous ball into Nkletiah. The England international turned the defender brilliantly with his first touch before slotting the ball into the net. 1-0 to the Arsenal.
It was just what the team needed to relax and start strutting their stuff for the second half and it only took 5 minutes to double our lead. Nketiah pouncing on to a goalkeeping error from Saka’s corner kick to fire into the top corner for our second goal.
His 3rd goal was the pick of the bunch, a stunning strike from the edge of the box from a striker who was growing in confidence.
Our 4th came from a penalty kick after Vieira’s achilles was kicked as he stormed into opposition box. Nketiah gave the ball to the penalty winner who despatched it coolly from the spot.
In the injury time Tomiyasu scored his first goal for Arsenal with a great turn and finish from Vieira’s corner. Well-deserved for the always brilliant Japanese international.
This comprehensive win takes us within touching distance to leaders Tottenham.