Saka on target as Arsenal move fourth with win over Sheff Utd

Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England.

Goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe set Arsenal on course for a 2-1 win over Sheffield United which moved them into fourth in the Premier League.

After receiving his first call up to the England squad, Saka capped an amazing week by breaking the deadlock in the 61st-minute with a confident header.

Substitute Pepe doubled Arsenal's advantage less than four minutes later to give Mikel Arteta's side breathing space in the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced the only moment of quality in the first half, with his dipping shot from all of 30 yards forcing a fine save from Aaron Ramsdale, as Arsenal struggled to break down the stubborn visitors.

Eddie Nketiah, who started ahead of the in-form Alexandre Lacazette, registered the first shot of the match in the 28th minute, the longest wait for a shot in a Premier League match this calendar year.

The major talking point of the first period came after just five minutes, though, when last-man David Luiz appeared to pull back Sheffield United forward Oliver Burke after the Brazilian was caught in possession, but the referee Lee Mason allowed play to continue and the hosts survived.

Arsenal picked up the tempo after the restart and opened the scoring with their first incisive move of the game, Hector Bellerin picking out Saka at the far post, before Pepe gave the hosts what looked a comfortable lead.

David McGoldrick scored Sheffield United's first goal of the season with a lovely curling shot from the edge of the box to give the visitors hope with six minutes remaining, however, Arsenal held on to win their third league match of the season, leaving Chris Wilder's men pointless after four games.

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