Gunners edge Hammers in fiery derby

English Premier League

Arsenal overcame a stubborn West Ham United side in the Premier League to return to the top-four on Sunday evening.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli got a recall by Mikel Arteta from the win over Manchester United, as the Hammers missed Craig Dawson due to suspension.

Arsenal struggled to get settled in the opening exchanges and allowed the Hammers a chance to threaten with an in-swinging corner-kick by Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini’s snap-shot.

Certainly the Gunners got a while to get going, but were closest to a breakthrough inside 37 minutes when Bukayo Saka’s curler produced a corner from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Then from the corner, the opener came after Holding leaped toweringly to head home from point-blank range for his first-ever Premier League goal.

West Ham regrouped immediately and nearly levelled from a header by Declan Rice through a corner of their own, but Aaron Ramsdale produced a tremendous save.

The Hammers levelled on the stroke of halftime as Bowen brought a penetrative ball from Vladimir Coufal under control to volley in off the near post.

Arsenal returned for the second half renewed and reclaimed the lead after 54 minutes when Gabriel Magalhaes headed a surging delivery from Martinelli in off Fabianski’s legs.

What followed were the Gunners playing a low-block and catching West Ham on the counter-attack a few times where Saka and Eddie Nketiah almost profited midway in the second period.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Arteta’s outfit with 12 minutes to go, as Tomiyasu pulled up and brought his removal for a certain Cedric Soares.

The Gunners experienced a rather comfortable closing seconds and went on to secure the win that moved them back into the top-four.

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Everton gave their survival hopes a big boost in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Only a solitary change came from Chelsea with N’Golo Kante, who got injured against Manchester United removed and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in, while Yerry Min and Fabian Delph came in for Everton.

The Toffees looked to hit the ground running inside two minutes from a promising free-kick by Anthony Gordon outside the area, but the effort flew narrowly wide.

Little openings from the Blues followed on the half-hour mark as Everton enjoyed all the earlier opportunities through Demarai Gray and then a teasing effort from a tight angle by Gordon.

Following a rather underwhelming first half, the Blues brought in a fresh pair of legs just as the second half was about to start with Mateo Kovacic in for Jorginho.

The change didn’t spark light as the Toffees grabbed the lead when Richarlison defended high up the pitch and nicked Cesar Azpilicueta off possession to go and finish from close-range.

Chelsea continued to chase shadows minutes later and could’ve gone further behind with a chance from Vitaliy Mykolenko from a flick by Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Edouard Mendy cleared.

Then an incredible triple save a littler later from Jordan Pickford parried Mason Mount’s half-volley that rebounded off the post and then smothered Reece James and Antonio Rudiger too.

After a balancing spell of play, Pickford was put to work again in the last ten minutes after he beat a solid strike from Loftus-Cheek away for a corner-kick.

There were opportunities from both sides late on with a snap chance from Gordon before Kovacic worked Pickford to a low near post save, as the Toffees eased their relegation fears with the win.

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