OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – In the just concluded Premier league clash between Arsenal and Luton at Kenilworth Road, the winning team have taken to her official website to narrate their encounter and the victory against Luton.
The first game against the Hatters since 1991 was one to remember, and early goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Osho looked like sending the sides in level at the break but Gabriel Jesus came through before the interval.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, strikes from Elijah Adebayo and Ross Barkley put the hosts in front, leaving Arsenal behind for just three minutes later Kai Havertz managed to pull through again just before the hour mark.
“As the game ticked past the six allotted minutes of injury-time, it looked as though we would be forced to settle for a point but once again we managed to strike late through Rice’s glancing header to snatch all three points.
“Incredibly looking at the final scoreline, the game actually took some time to warm up and it would be 20 minutes until the first attempt was created but fortunately for us it was one we made count,” Arsenal.com noted.
“It stemmed from an error from Hatters keeper Thomas Kaminski who struggled to deal with a backpass and opted to play it safe and get the ball out of play. However, instead of wallopping it into the stand, he calmly played it off the advertising hoardings, and we capitalised.“
“Some quick thinking and swift throw from Jesus found Bukayo Saka who drove into the box and cut the ball back for Martinelli to tuck neatly into the bottom corner and finally breathe life into the encounter.
“It then exploded into life four minutes later, but this time it was the hosts who were celebrating. Luton won a corner and they showed their set-pice prowess when Alfie Doughty whipped a delivery into the area, and Osho managed to divert it past David Raya to restore parity.”
“Having been stung by the quick turnaround, we could have been forgiven for taking a moment to merely regroup, but instead we went straight down the other end and made it 3-3 just before the hour mark. A high hook into the box by Saka was well controlled by Jesus who showed strength to keep possession, and he lobbed it into the onrushing Havertz’s path to prod past Kaminski and score his third goal in his last four appearances.”
“From that point onwards it was one-way traffic as we pressed to get in front again. Martin Odegaard saw a shot from range fly straight to Kaminski and the lively Leandro Trossard then saw a shot deflect wide after his introduction from the bench.
“With our final attack, we threw bodies forward and Zinchenko found Odegaard whose cross was perfect for Rice to flick past his marker and into he far corner to send his teammates, the bench and the away end into ecstasy as we recorded our first win at the venue since 1984 and it was worth the wait.“
Jesus in the nick of time
“As the half progressed we began to rise to the physical challenge posed by Rob Edwards’ side, and started to find ourselves in the final third more often. Martinelli and Saka both fired powerful efforts at goal which Kaminiski managed to push away, but just as it looked like the teams would go into the interval level, we struck again in the final minute of the half.”
“Ben White received possession on the right and utilised his excellent link-up skills with Saka to play a one-two with the attacker and catch the defence napping, and he clipped a cross into the box which was perfect for Jesus to sprint onto and powerfully dispatch into the net to change the emphasis of Arteta’s team talk.”
Bukayo Saka’s assist for Gabriel Martinelli’s opener was his 11th of the season in all comps, more than any other player in Europe’s big five leagues.
Declan Rice’s winner at 96:23 was our latest winning goal on record (since 2006/07) in a Premier League away game. It also ended a 10-game winless run away against Luton in all competitions, earning our first Kenilworth Road victory since 1984.”
“We’re back in Premier League action on Saturday when we take on Aston Villa at Villa Park, before we wrap up our Champions League group stage with a trip to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, December 12.”