Premier League: Saka and Pepe on target as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1

Saka and Pepe on target as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1

Saka and Pepe on target as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1

Saka and Pepe on target as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1.

Mikel Arteta’s side returned to winning ways as they saw off Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium.

Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe provided the telling blows as Arsenal withstood a brave Sheffield United fightback to clinch victory.

The Blades will be aggrieved that referee Lee Mason didn’t red card David Luiz in the fifth minute as he appeared to pull back Oliver Burke, who was about to dart through on goal.

The first half was rather dull apart from a moment of near-brilliance occurred Aaron Ramsdale, tipped over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wicked long-range effort that looked destined to dip underneath the bar towards.

Saka and Pepe on target as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1
Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka scored as Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium

Arteta introduced record signing Nicolas Pepe in place of the quiet Nketiah just before the hour mark in hope of igniting an attack that had so far looked pedestrian at best.

The substitution proved the key moment as the Ivorian inspired his stuttering team to victory.

Pepe had a sizeable hand in the opener during an incisive move that concluded with Saka nodding home at the back post from Hector Bellerin’s stood up cross to hand Arsenal a 61st-minute lead.

It was the perfect way for Gunners youngster to celebrate his first senior England call-up

Pepe made it 2-0 minutes later when he breezed past Blades’ defender Enda Stevens before cooly stroking a left-foot foot finish past Ramsdale to score the decisive goal for Arteta’s side.

David McGoldrick curled a shot that arced beyond Bernd Leno’s dive and give the Blades some belief of grabbing an equalizer.

Arsenal would hold on to the win and pick vital points ahead of the international break.