Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi again impressed for Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League early kickoff fix...
Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi again impressed for Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League early kickoff fixture at Upton Park in a six goal (3-3) thriller against Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike’s West Ham United.
Arsenal were pegged back by Andy Carroll after taking a two-goal lead against West Ham United. Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis put the Gunners in charge after Alex Iwobi set both players up for clinical finishes inside the box.
|Iwobi celebrates with Alexis Sanchez after the second goal as Ozil who scored the first goal watches on|
But the home side who had seen Manuel Lanzini’s goal ruled out for offside bounced back as Carroll headed in Aaron Cresswell’s cross and then beat David Ospina again just before the break for 2-2.
|Carroll weak volley gave West Ham the deserved equaliser on the stroke of half time|
After the break, Carrol again brought his aerial abilities to bare when he climbed above the Arsenal defense to head home West Ham’s third, clinching his hat trick of the afternoon but the Gunners were not done yet as Koscielny restored parity 18 minutes later.
There were chances at both ends in a tense finale but Arsenal could not find the winner they craved. It’s a blow for their feint title hopes but, considering Carroll’s display, it could have been worse.
While Iwobi who claimed two assists in the game started and played the entire duration of the encounter, Emenike came in for Tompkins at half time. Moses was an unused substitute.
Özil gives Arsenal the lead at West Ham pic.twitter.com/4Aw7sl0ezp— Terje (@TerjeGoal) April 9, 2016
Alexis doubles the lead for Arsenal. Lovely assist by Iwobi pic.twitter.com/g8I2H8vJqd— Terje (@TerjeGoal) April 9, 2016
Carroll's first goal ⚒ pic.twitter.com/amtOA1rCvv— COYI ⚒ (@Diafra_Payet) April 9, 2016
Carroll's equaliser ⚒ pic.twitter.com/vdNWvOv3bq— COYI ⚒ (@Diafra_Payet) April 9, 2016
Carroll's third goal to complete his hatrick ⚒ pic.twitter.com/baKBChwUSK— COYI ⚒ (@Diafra_Payet) April 9, 2016
Manchester City 2-1 West Brom
Manchester City came from a goal down to beat West Brom 2-1 on Saturday at the Etihad with Sami Nasri getting the crucial winning goal for the Citizens.
|Nasri in sheer delight after netting the winner for City|
It was West Brom who took a shock lead at the Etihad through Stephane Sessegnon, who struck a firm effort past City goalkeeper Joe Hart after just five minutes.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men kept their cool and they were level 13 minutes later – Aleksandar Kolarov was fouled in the penalty area, and Sergio Aguero stepped up to finish from the spot.
City were frustrated by Tony Pulis’ visiting Baggies, and Pellegrini brought on Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne to change things.
|Sessengon opened the scoring for the Baggies with a smart near post finish|
The hosts then took the lead as Nasri – making his first start in almost seven months – followed up Aguero’s blocked shot to calmly slot in from close range after 66 minutes.
The victory leaves the Citizens five points clear of Slaven Bilic’s Hammers with six games to play, while Pellegrini’s side are now just two points behind third-placed Arsenal.
Watford 1-1 Everton
Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo was unable to end his nine-game goal drought with Watford but he nonetheless avoided defeat as the Hornets forced Everton to a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
|Odion Ighalo has just netted one league goal since December for Watford|
Ighalo was booked in the 90th minute of Saturday’s game having been frustrated with another barren outing for hsi side. A bad mistake from Miguel Britos gifted James McCarthy a chance which he duly tucked away to give the visitors the lead.
|McCarthy celebrates after his goal for Everton|
Within two minutes of taking the lead though, Everton were to be pegged back before the interval as Holebas squeezed in a far post header via a deflection of Seamus Coleman following a corner to make it all-square at the break.
Swansea 1-0 Chelsea
Radamel Falcao returned for Chelsea but a Gylfi Sigurdsson goal at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday was enough for Swansea City to record their first ever win in the Premier League over the Blues.
|Sigurdsson left foot shot which deflected off Miazga|
It was an unusual afternoon for the Blues in terms of team selection, as they were missing several key first team regulars, and handed rare starts to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Matt Miazga as a result.
Aston Villa 1-2 Bouremouth
Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich
Southampton 3-1 Newcastle