Football NewsArsenal Sees off Luton to Claim Premier League Top Spot
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With top scorer Bukayo Saka out, the responsibility fell on Odegaard and Havertz to pick up the slack. They did that, and more, as they picked apart Luton to give Arsenal the lead.

The pair exchanged passes just outside the Luton area, with Havertz passing across goal to his Norwegian teammate. Odegaard then fired home with a clinical first-time finish.

The goal takes his record into double figures for the campaign. His form will be crucial for Arsenal between now and the end of the season.

The creator of the first goal, Havertz continues to shine for the Gunners. His assist for Odegaard kept up the German’s hot form with it representing his seventh Premier League goal contribution in his last six games (four goals, three assists).

It means he now has eight goals and four assists in the Premier League. That is a better record than any of his three campaigns with Chelsea ahead of his move across the capital.

Given there were some doubts over the huge fee that he arrived at the Emirates for, those comments will certainly be silenced now.

Arsenal fans were surprised to see Declan Rice’s name among the substitutes against Luton. After all, he had not missed a Premier League game since signing for the Gunners from West Ham.

There were understandably some concerns then after seeing him replaced by Thomas Partey. While Arsenal did not enjoy their usual level of control in the heart of midfield, the Ghanaian still did a satisfactory job. Rice eventually came on with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Arteta will of course be keen to restore the England star to his starting XI as soon as possible but his worries that the Gunners’ midfield could be under serious threat without him will now be allayed.

One major worry for Arsenal ahead of the game with Luton was keeping the Hatters out. After all, they have managed to find a goalscoring knack this season.

Rob Edwards’ men last failed to score in a league game back in November with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United – 18 games ago. Luton made a good go of things but they couldn’t threaten. They only had three shots throughout the entire game – only one on target- so will need to rediscover their shooting boots sooner rather than later.

While Arsenal’s battle to lift their first Premier League title in two decades will take the headlines, it was a bad weekend for Luton when it comes to their fight to stay up. They knew ahead of the game that they wouldn’t be out of the drop zone even with a win.