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Ajayi Was Unlucky as Arsenal Wins West Brom

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh

Arsenal made it three wins in a row for the first time in the English Premier League this season, thrashing West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns last Saturday.

Nigeria international, Semi Ajayi, who made his sixteenth appearance in the top-flight was in action for the entirety of the game.

Fides recalls that although, Ajayi was a former Arsenal trainee, he didn’t get to make his competitive debut but made the bench on four occasions before departing the Emirates Stadium in the Summer of 2015.

A superb individual goal from Kieran Tierney broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute before Bukayo Saka rounded off a brilliant team goal six minutes later.

Alexandre Lacazette netted a second half double as the north London side took the points in style.

On the hour mark, the Frenchman made it 3-0 when he converted a low finish after the ball fell kindly to him.

Ajayi almost scored an own goal, volleying the ball onto the post as he attempted a clearance and blocked the rebounded effort by Emile Smith Rowe before Lacazette hammered in.

Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, believes the Super Eagles star was unfortunate in the build-up to Arsenal’s third goal.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, after the game, Hargreaves said, ‘Ajayi was unlucky, he doesn’t sort his feet out, and it’s a bad day. Then he gets one in there, that’s even worse.

‘To be fair, Arsenal was ruthless today. Ajayi was the Man-of-the-Match at the Etihad, him and Sam Johnstone, and today it just wasn’t there for them,’.

However, Ajayi was spotted having a chat with his good friend Héctor Bellerín as both teams made their way into the dressing room after the match.