Dominic Calvert-Lewin gives Arsenal top-four boost while Everton secure safety
Arsenal target Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck late to ensure Everton’s survival in the Premier League – just days before they face the Gunners in a crucial season finale
Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Arsenal a major top-four boost by securing Everton’s Premier League status with a dramatic last-second winner on Thursday night – leaving the Toffees with nothing to play ahead of Sunday’s season finale in the Emirates.
The Gunners head into the final weekend of the domestic season knowing they need a result against Frank Lampard’s side to have any chance of a Champions League final spot. But any final swing of the day would require Tottenham – currently two points ahead of Arsenal in the table – to slip at home against the already relegated Norwich.
Although Mikel Arteta’s side will still be relying on the Canaries for an unlikely favor on Sunday, their own crunch duel with the Toffees now has the potential to become a more straightforward affair after Everton bolstered their top status in dramatic fashion secured and overtaken a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 over Crystal Palace.
With the points scored, the stage was set for Calvert-Lewin to ensure Toffees survival in the closing minutes. It wasn’t all good news for Arsenal, however, as the 25-year-old seemed to offer a major clue as to his future.
The striker, who has been plagued by injuries and fitness issues this season, has been constantly linked with a move from Goodison Park, with Arsenal being one of many teams who have reportedly expressed interest in a summer deal for the England ace.
However, Calvert-Lewin spoke openly about his future after bagging his dramatic late winner. And his comments – which included an acknowledgment from people who questioned his commitment to the club – appeared to imply the Sheffield United ex-husband has no desire or plans to move on in the near future.
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After the dramatic final at Goodison Park, Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports: “What a rollercoaster football can be at times. That’s why we love the game and the fans love it. Ideally we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in but when it produces moments like this to go from low to high I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight.
“The way they welcomed us into the ground is amazing. Blue flares everywhere. You made the difference. When we scored the first goal, they made the difference.
“I know some fans have questioned my commitment to the club but I always try my best and I hope my goal shows that today.”
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