Sheffield beat Arsenal 1-0, move to ninth in EPL standings

Written By: BBC

Sheffield United claimed a stunning win over Arsenal to move into the top half of the Premier League.

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Lys Mousset marked his first start for the Blades with the decisive goal in the first half, turning in Jack O’Connell’s knockdown from close range.

Arsenal’s £72m signing Nicolas Pepe had earlier skewed a golden chance wide from six yards.

Granit Xhaka forced Dean Henderson into an excellent save but the Blades closed the game out superbly for a famous win.

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The victory was Sheffield United’s biggest result since their return to the Premier League as they moved up to ninth, four points clear of the relegation zone.

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Defeat for Arsenal, meanwhile, means they missed the chance to move back into the top four.

They are fifth, two points behind Chelsea in fourth.

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Elsewhere, seven Liverpool players have been named in the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or Awards.

Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alisson have been chosen from the Reds.

Five Manchester City players including Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero, are on the list. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have won the award 10 times between them, again feature among the contenders.

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The Ballon d’Or winner will be named in Paris on the 2nd of December.

Luka Modric won in 2018 to end the seven-year dominance of the award by Messi and Ronaldo.

Van Dijk is among the favorites to win this year’s award after being named Uefa Player of the Year in August.


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