Italians in the EPL: Emerson Wonder Strike Guides West Ham to Victory

Emerson Palmieri starred this game week as the fullback scored a 25-yard screamer as well as providing an assist as West Ham dominated Brentford to earn a well-needed three points at the London Stadium. 

The Brazilian-born Italian defender picked up a poor clearance on the edge of the Brentford box before rifling a left-footed shot into the top corner. Fellow Italian, Angelo Ogbonna made the bench for this game but did not feature. 

Meanwhile, Jorginho earned a rare start playing 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at home to Newcastle. 

It was the midfielder’s first start since the 4th of February. After getting only 15 minutes midweek against Porto, he played a crucial role in providing well-needed balance in midfield to a very attacking Arsenal side who dominated the game on the Saturday night feature game. 

Last week, Roberto De Zerbi learned he will be making a trip back to Italy as his Brighton side prepares to face  Roma in the round of 16 in the Europa League with the first leg in Rome scheduled for March 7th.

His Brighton team snatched a late point at the death against a struggling Everton side after a late Lewis Dunk header flew in past England No. 1 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Spurs pair Vicario and Udogie did not feature this weekend as scheduled opponents Chelsea contested the League Cup Final. Tottenham are set to return to premier league action on Saturday against Crystal Palace. 

Nicoló Zaniolo came on as a late substitute as Aston Villa overcame Nottingham Forest 4-2 at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.