Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been on a rich form in recent weeks, and he continued his impressive run against Arsenal. Awoniyi netted the match-winner for Nottingham Forest as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the City Ground.
The Super Eagles forward has been superb in his last three appearances for Nottingham Forest, scoring five goals in total. He scored four goals in his previous two games against Southampton and Chelsea, and he was the hero once again against Arsenal.
Nottingham Forest faced a tough task against the Gunners, who are still in the race for the Premier League title. However, Awoniyi’s strike in the 19th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides.
The goal came after Morgan Gibbs-White intercepted Odegaard’s pass in midfield and quickly sprinted forward. Gibbs-White had Awoniyi flanking him for support, and he spread the ball to the Nigerian striker, who sent a low drive past Ramsdale in Arsenal’s goal.
Despite Arsenal’s dominance in possession, Nottingham Forest proved stubborn and stifled their penetration in the final third. The Tricky Trees held on to their slim lead and secured a vital victory that sealed their place in the Premier League for next season.
With 37 points, Nottingham Forest is now seven points clear of the relegation zone with two games left to play. The win also ensured that Manchester City retained the Premier League title, as Arsenal is now four points behind with just one game to play.
Awoniyi’s impressive form will be crucial for Nottingham Forest in their remaining games, as they look to finish the season on a high note. The Nigerian striker has proved to be a valuable asset for the Tricky Trees, and his contribution could be the key to their survival in the Premier League.