Iwobi Ends Goal Drought As Arsenal Thrash Palace; Iheanacho Benched, United Edge Burnley

Iwobi Ends Goal Drought As Arsenal Thrash Palace; Iheanacho Benched, United Edge Burnley

By James Agberebi: Arsenal halted their run of five straight games without a win in all competitions as they defeated Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates in the Premier League on Saturday. Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was on target as he scored his second league goal of the season and his first in three months with his last goal coming in October 2017 in a 2-0 win against Brighton.

Arsenal got off to a great start on six minutes as Nacho Monreal headed in unmarked at the back post from Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Iwobi doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 10th minute, slotting home Monreal’s cutback in a crowded Palace box.

Laurent Koscielny got on the score sheet to make it 3-0 in the 13th minute as he tapped in another cutback from Monreal from a corner.

Arsenal continued to press and scored a fourth, this time through Alexandre Lacazette who hit a low shot past Palace keeper off a brilliant back-heel pass from Mesut Ozil after a brilliant interchange of passes.

Palace pulled a goal back on 77 minutes through Luka Milivojevic who chested a flick from a corner and smashed the ball into net.

Despite the win, Arsenal still remain sixth on 42 points in the league table.

Niasse scored Everton’s equalizer, Walcott with the assist on his debut

At the King Power Stadium, Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi returned to Leicester City starting eleven as they beat Watford 2-0. He was rested for the FA Cup replay against Fleetwood Town in midweek.

Another Super Eagles star Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute despite his brace against Fleetwood Town in midweek.

Leicester’s goals were scored by Jamie Vardy on 39 minutes from the penalty spot and a 90th minute strike from Riyad Mahrez.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal from the penalty spot on 39 minutes after he was fouled inside the box.

The win means Leicester now occupy the seventh position on 34 points on the log.

At Turf Moor, Manchester United pipped Burnley 1-0 to go seven straight games without defeat in all competitions.

Anthony Martial got United’s only goal in the 54th minute with a brilliant strike from a Romelu Lukaku assist.

The win means United stay second on 53 points and are now temporarily nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

And in other Premier League results, Theo Walcott made his debut for Everton who were held to a 1-1 home draw by West Brom, West Ham played 1-1 with visiting Bournemouth, while Stoke beat Huddersfield 2-0 at the Bet 365 Stadium.

EPL results:

Arsenal 4 vs 1 C/Palace

Leicester 2 vs 0 Watford

Burnley 0 vs 1 Man United

West Ham 1 vs 1 Bournemouth

Stoke 2 vs 0 Huddersfield

Everton 1 vs 1 West Brom