Arsenal advanced to fourth place in the English Premier League standings, after winning a valuable and deserved 2-0 victory over its guest and neighbor West Ham United, on Wednesday, in the London confrontation that took place between them in the seventeenth stage of the competition.
The rest of the matches that took place today in the same stage resulted in Wolverhampton’s victory over Brighton 1-0, while Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with its guest, Southampton.
Arsenal, who won their ninth win against two draws and six defeats in the tournament this season, rose to 29 points in fourth place, qualifying for the Champions League next season, one point ahead of West Ham, fifth.
Young Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 48th minute, before West Ham’s suffering doubled, who had to play with ten players after his Czech player Vladimir Koval was sent off in the 67th minute, for receiving a second warning.
Arsenal took advantage of the numerical shortage in the ranks of his opponent, after Emile Smith Roy scored the second goal for the team nicknamed (the Gunners) in the 87th minute, compensating for the penalty kick missed by his colleague Alexandre Lacazette in the 69th minute.
And Wolverhampton put an end to the shaky results that it suffered in its last matches in the championship, after winning a difficult 1-0 victory from its host Brighton earlier today.
The balance of Wolverhampton, which won its first victory in the tournament about a month ago, rose to 24 points in eighth place, while Brighton’s balance froze at 20 points in thirteenth place.
Moroccan star Roman Sais played the championship role in the match, after scoring Wolverhampton’s only goal in the first minute of the first-half stoppage time.
The 2-2 draw was held between Crystal Palace and its guest, Southampton.
Crystal Palace’s tally rose to 20 points in eleventh place, 3 points ahead of 15th-placed Southampton, who were unable to achieve any victory in the tournament for the sixth consecutive match.
Crystal Palace took an early lead in the second minute through Ivorian Wilfried Zaha, but Southampton equalized through James Ward-Prowse in the 32nd minute.
Southampton took advantage of the confusion suffered by Crystal players after the equalizer, to add Albanian Armando Broja, the second goal for the visitors in the 36th minute, but the veteran Ghanaian star Jordan Ayew gave Crystal Palace the equalizer, by scoring the second goal in the 65th minute.