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That's all from us

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A very good day of football, especially for Arsenal.

The Gunners are back in the top four tonight after taking down West Ham in an impressive performance. The young star stepped up as the Gunners seemingly but the Aubameyang controversy behind them with a win.

Plenty more games on the horizon, with Leicester vs Tottenham, Chelsea's clash with Everton and Newcastle's visit to Liverpool on the agenda tomorrow.

We'll be back for all of the fun tomorrow, so catch you then!

The celebrations at the Emirates

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Final at the Emirates!

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All done in London as Arsenal leave with all three points and a spot in the top four.

Goals from Martinelli and Smith Rowe will surely leave Arteta happy as Arsenal's youngsters stepped up in a big way.

The Gunners were able to survive Lacazette's penalty miss, taking down 10-man West Ham in what certainly is a statement victory, especially given the recent Aubameyang controversy.

GOAL ARSENAL!

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Arsenal have doubled their lead and will finish tonight in the top four.

Substitute Emile Smith Rowe is the man with the goal, as the young Arsenal midfielder finishes after a determined run forward.

He has options to this left, but Smith Rowe places a shot from the top of the box that leaves Fabianski helpless.

And so it's 2-0 as the Gunners now have a deservedly comfortable lead.

Wolves win as Southampton draw Palace

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The two earlier games are all finished as Wolves have won 1-0 on Saiss' goal.

Southampton and Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have finished level at two apiece.

MISSED FROM THE SPOT!

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Arsenal are up a man, and still up only one goal.

Fabaianski pushes away Lacazette's shot as it remains 1-1 Arsenal.

PENALTY TO ARSENAL!

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And it's a controversial one...

Coufal has been sent off for West Ham with a second yellow card, although it looked like he got a bit of the ball on his slide tackle.

Regardless, the call stands as Arsenal will have a chance to go 2-0 up from the spot.

All done in Germany

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All final in the Bundesliga, with Dortmund blowing past Greuther Furth in the day's big game.

Haaland with two goals and Malen with another to lead the way in the 3-0 win.

RB Leipzig, meanwhile, struggled once again in a 1-1 draw with Augsburg while Leverkusen held on despite going down to 10-men in a 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim.

Union Berlin, finally, finished level with Freiburg in a 0-0 draw.

GOAL ARSENAL!

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MARTINELLI!

There's your breakthrough, and it comes just moments into the second half.

An absolutely lovely finish from Martinelli, who fires all the way to the far post past Fabianski to give Arsenal the lead.

A massive, massive goal for the Gunners, who are deserved leaders at this point after looking more dangerous in the first half.

Back underway at the Emirates

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Will there be a breakthrough in this battle of top four contenders?

We'll see in the next 45 minutes.

GOAL PALACE!

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2-2!

Been a wild one at Palace, with Jordan Ayew levelling the game in the 65th minute. A tap-in for the Palace forward as he finishes off after Connor Gallagher sees his shot saved.

Lots of goals in this one and, the way its going, there very well could be a few more!

Halftime at the Emirates

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A very, very tight half of football.

Few clearcut chances, with those falling to Arsenal, but a very tense 45 minutes between the Gunners and West Ham.

Plenty at stake in this game, and both teams sure are playing like it.

Second half underway in the early PL games

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The second half is underway in the two early games with Wolves up 1-0 against Brighton while Southampton lead Crystal Palace 2-1.

A tense start at the Emirates...

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Halftime in Germany

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Today's four Bundesliga matches are all at halftime, with Dortmund leading Greuther Furth at the half.

Erling Haaland with the goal for Dortmund, with the Norwegian star scoring from the penalty spot.

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig lead Augsburg on a goal from Andre Silva while Patrik Schick has Bayer Leverkusen ahead 1-0 against Hoffenheim.

Union Berlin and Freiburg, finally, remain scoreless.

GOAL WOLVES!

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Just moments before halftime, Wolves are ahead at Brighton.

The goal comes in the first minute of stoppage time, with Romain Saiss volleying home an assist from Ruben Neves.

TWO GOALS FOR SOUTHAMPTON

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Southampton have scored a pair of quickfire goals to take the lead against Palace.

After conceding just two minutes in, Southampton are now up 2-1 as James Warde-Prowse scored in the 32nd minute with Armando Broja scoring just four minutes later.

Kickoff at the Emirates!

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We're underway at the Emirates as Arsenal host West Ham!

What's at stake for Arsenal and West Ham?

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Heading into today's match, Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League, just two points behind Wednesday's opponents West Ham.

The Hammers currently sit fourth, having emerged as one of the Premier League's big surprises to start the season.

With a win, West Ham can put a four-point gap between themselves and Man Utd, who saw their most recent game postponed due to positive Covid tests.

From captain to outcast...

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The Gunners announced on Tuesday that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been stripped of the captain's armband after his latest disciplinary breach.

Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts took a look at what's gone wrong for the star forward, and what's next for the club amid this recent decision.

Read the full story on GOAL!



GOAL PALACE

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Just two minutes into the match, Palace are in the lead!

Wilfred Zaha with the goal, as Palace have surged in front at home against Southampton

ICYMI: Burnley vs Watford called off

2021-12-15T19:22:56.657Z

If you haven't yet seen, one of today's matches was called off due to positive coronavirus tests in the Watford team.

Those positive tests forced the Premier League to cancel today's clash between Watford and Burnley, making it the third recent match to be postponed due to the coronavirus.

Read all about it on GOAL!

Welcome to today's Matchday Blog!

2021-12-15T18:55:02.244Z

Hey all, and welcome back for another busy day of games today across Europe!

Wednesday's action is headlined by games in the Premier League, with Arsenal taking on West Ham in the main event of the day. Elsewhere, Southampton are set to face Crystal Palace while Brighton take on Wolves.

There are also some big games in Germany, with Dortmund taking on Greuther Furth and RB Leipzig facing Augsburg.

So take a seat, strap in and lets get started for what should be a fun evening of football!