MORNING ARSENAL FANS
The Gunners beat West Brom 3-1 at the Emirates yesterday to condemn the Baggies to the drop and inflict Sam Allardyce’s first relegation of his career.
Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe put the North Londoners ahead in the first-half before Matheus Pereira gave the visitors hope in the second-half.
But in the 90th minute, Willian scored his first Arsenal goal to seal the win.
Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta said: “It’s always the best possible remedy to the pain that we have: to win a game and to score three beautiful goals.”
Elsewhere, Joe Cole said Bukayo Saka was the best player by a mile against West Brom.
The versatile England ace, 20, was moved to left-back for the visit of the Baggies on Sunday evening having spent much of the season in a more attacking role.
And Saka put in another supreme performance, including an assist for the first goal.
The winger will now be hoping to end the season strongly as he aims to cement his spot in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for this summer’s delayed European Championship.
Saka’s strong showing at the Emirates won’t have hurt his chances either, with ex-England midfielder Cole raving about him. After the game, Cole told BT Sport: “[Saka] was excellent.
“He was a thorn in [West Brom’s] side. His movement was fantastic. He’s so direct, he drives into areas and picks passes out all the time. He was Arsenal’s best player by a mile.”
And finally, Yves Bissouma has reportedly requested to leave Brighton at the end of the season – amid intense interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Bissouma joined the Seagulls from Lille in 2018 for a fee that could rise to £15.7million with add-ons. The 24-year-old has shone bright this season proving he is one of the Premier League’s most talented box-to-box midfielders.
The Mali international’s impressive performances at the Amex Stadium have caught the eye of Arsenal, Liverpool and City.
According to the Sunday Times, Bissouma has asked to be allowed to leave Brighton, who rate him at £40m.
That development paves the way for an intense bidding war between three of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.