Lacazette brace inspires Arsenal past Sheffield United
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Lacazette brace inspires Arsenal past Sheffield United

Arsenal moved into the top half of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win away to bottom-side Sheffield United on Sunday evening. 

A brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a Gabriel Martinelli strike was enough to lift the Gunners above the lowly Blades, who are staring relegation in the face. 

The match was devoid of clear-cut chances for long periods, but it was the hosts who threatened first, coming close in the 10th minute as David McGoldrick picked up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area and sent a shot inches wide of the right post.

The Gunners too created one of their own in the 24th minute after Martinelli received a brilliant pass but wasted a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flew narrowly wide of the left post. 

It did not take long though for the Gunners to take the lead, and it came on the half-hour mark as Daniel Ceballos played a simple square pass into the feet of Lacazette in the box, who composed himself and lashed the ball into the bottom right corner. 

The second period belonged to the Gunners, even though the hosts pushed them as they went all out for an equaliser. 

Nicolas Pepe came close for Arsenal with a shot towards the left side of the goal from inside the box, but Aaron Ramsdale leaped to make a wonderful save. 

Martinelli then doubled Arsenal's lead in the 71st minute when he was presented the simplest of tasks of rolling the ball into an empty net from close range after a rebound left the keeper stranded. 

Lacazette then completed his brace in the 85th minute after receiving a good pass from Thomas Partey, unleashing a terrific shot from the edge of the box into the bottom left corner for a 3-0 win.