Morning, welcome to Tuesday. The week goes a bit quicker when there’s football basically all week to watch doesn’t it?
Arsenal won their third consecutive home league game last night, with Alexandre Lacazette on the double to give Arsenal a 2-0 win over West Brom. They keep up their 100% home record, and Lacazette has scored in all three games he has played at the Emirates. The Emirates has hardly been known as a fortress over the years, but after losing to Stoke and Liverpool away already this season, they need to rack the points up from here, especially at home. They host Brighton on Sunday, and they’ll look at that as another opportunity for three points.
Arsenal weren’t great in the first half and West Brom could have – and should have – made them pay for their sloppiness. The Baggies missed a couple of good chances, and had claims for a penalty turned down. Jay Rodriquez cut back in the box, and Mustafi slid in and made contact with the player and took him down. Rodriquez was really honest, jumping back up and getting a shot away, which Petr Cech brilliantly tipped onto the post. From the rebound, one of their players (can’t remember who it was) put the ball wide from about 8 yards. Arsenal had a couple of penalty claims turned down themselves. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring, heading in after an Alexis Sanchez free-kick hit the bar. Nacho Monreal did really well at one stage when West Brom looked like they had scored, but the Spaniard acrobatically cleared the ball off the line.
Arsenal came out much better in the second half, and really dominated. They were tidy on the ball and didn’t give West Brom much of a chance to get into the game. They had a few good chances, and they doubled their lead when Lacazette made no mistake from the penalty spot after Aaron Ramsey was brought down by Allan Nyom. Arsenal controlled the rest of the game, and West Brom didn’t have many chances afterwards. They could have scored more, but they’ll take the three points.
There are three English sides playing in the Champions League tonight, and I was going to preview them but unfortunately I don’t have time this morning.
Spurs travel to Cyprus to play Apoel Nicosia, Man City host Shakhtar Donetsk and Liverpool are in Russia to play Spartak Moscow. I can’t see anything but three English wins tonight, but Liverpool may find it hard in Moscow. It’s not the easiest of places to go and you’d have to imagine it will be quite hostile. Their quality should show though, Spartak definitely aren’t one of the best team in the competition.
I can’t see Spurs having any problems tonight, Cyprus isn’t the worst trip in Europe, and Apoel won’t be a side any team will dread playing. That’s not to say it will be an easy win for them, but they’ll be disappointed if they don’t get the three points tonight and score at least a couple of goals. It’s a great chance for Spurs to put some daylight ahead of Borussia Dortmund, they’ll go six points clear of them if Real Madrid beat the Germans and Spurs win.
Shakhtar Donetsk aren’t a bad side at all, but with Man City being at home, and the way they’ve been playing lately should mean they will get the win tonight. I know football doesn’t work out like that, but we could see another hammering tonight as City look absolutely terrifying so far. You’d wonder how long they can keep this form up, I’d imagine they’ll have another win tonight, but they’re off to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea on Saturday so could find that one a bit more tricky.
That’s all we have for today unfortunately, sorry about that. I’ll be back in the morning, and you can get the team-news for tonight as well as scores and results from tonight’s game on our Twitter page (@premplace). I might be a bit late with goal updates because I’m in work and then have to cycle home, but should be good for the second half anyway. I’ll be back in the morning with a review of tonight’s games and (hopefully) a preview of tomorrow’s.