Arsenal confirmed they’ll thrive with out axed star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because the Gunners moved into fourth place within the Premier League with a 2-Zero win towards West Ham, whereas the top-flight’s coronavirus disaster deepened on Wednesday.
Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe netted within the second half of a fiery London derby on the Emirates Stadium that noticed West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal despatched off.
Arsenal is one level above fifth-placed West Ham after a second successive victory eased the drama surrounding Mikel Arteta‘s resolution to strip Gabon ahead Aubameyang of the membership captaincy.
Arteta’s aspect are within the high 4 at this stage of a season for the primary time in two-and-a-half years.
It is a exceptional reversal of fortune after Arsenal misplaced their opening three league video games for the primary time in 67 years.
“It was a statement result. The performance, attitude and commitment the players showed is exactly what we are about,” Arteta mentioned.
“We have a leadership group and I expect every player to stick to our values.”
Calls for Arteta to be sacked have been widespread after an embarrassing 5-Zero thrashing at Manchester City in August, however the Spaniard has steadied the ship impressively, with even the Aubameyang drama unable to derail him.
Aubameyang was absent from the squad after being faraway from the captaincy on account of a disciplinary breach on Tuesday.
He returned late and missed coaching final week after travelling to France to see his in poor health mom.
It was not Aubameyang’s first transgression, having beforehand been dropped for the north London derby towards Tottenham in March after what was described as a breach of the membership’s pre-match protocol.
Asked if there was a method again from exile for Aubameyang, Arteta mentioned: “We will discuss that one other day.
“He was not eligible for this game, that’s it and this game is gone now. We will discuss it in the near future.”
Martinelli broke West Ham’s resistance within the 48th minute when the Brazilian ran onto Alexandre Lacazette’s defence-splitting cross and stroked a fantastic end into the far nook for his second aim this time period.
West Ham have been decreased to 10 males within the 66th minute after Coufal’s deal with on stand-in skipper Lacazette conceded a penalty and earned the defender a second yellow card.
Lukasz Fabianski plunged to his left to avoid wasting Lacazette’s spot-kick, however Smith Rowe capped Arsenal’s dominant show when he completed a flowing move with a medical strike from the sting of the realm within the 87th minute.
While Arsenal have been hit by the coronavirus earlier than their opening sport of the season at Brentford, they’ve to date averted the latest constructive check plunging the league into turmoil.
Watford’s match at Burnley was postponed lower than three hours earlier than kick-off on Wednesday after “an ongoing Covid outbreak” left the Hornets with inadequate gamers to fulfil the fixture.
It was the third Premier League sport to be postponed on account of Covid in 4 days as the brand new Omicron variant causes havoc in England’s top-flight.
Tottenham’s journey to Brighton final Sunday was referred to as off on account of an outbreak on the north London membership, whereas Manchester United’s match at Brentford on Tuesday was cancelled after the Old Trafford membership’s constructive assessments.
United, Tottenham, Brighton, Leicester, Norwich, and Aston Villa had already been hit by the virus during the last week.
The Premier League introduced a report 42 constructive assessments throughout two testing cycles final week.
Also on Wednesday, Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers mentioned the Premier League had rejected an attraction from each golf equipment to postpone their match towards Tottenham on Thursday.
Leicester is at present with out 9 gamers due to Covid-related points and accidents.
Brighton boss Graham Potter had handled a number of Covid instances in his squad this week and his issues mounted as Wolves received 1-Zero on the Amex Stadium.
Potter’s aspect is and not using a win in 12 video games in all competitions after Romain Saiss volleyed home in first-half stoppage-time.
Jordan Ayew ended his 47-game aim drought to offer Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw towards Southampton at Selhurst Park.