MATCH REPORT: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

Arsenal have claimed their first official victory of Unai Emery’s reign after defeating West Ham United 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, this afternoon.

The visitors took the lead through Arnautovic in the first half before Arsenal could bite back via Nacho Monreal’s 30th minute finish, as the two sides entered the break locked at 1-1.

Some fortune then saw the Gunners take the lead in the 70th minute, somewhat against the run of play, from Issa Diop’s own goal, with Danny Welbeck later turning up to amplify a 3-1 victory.

On Jack Wilshere’s return to the Emirates Stadium, now as a West Ham player, Arsenal had to make do without one of their prized playmakers, Mesut Özil, with the German paving way for Aaron Ramsey’s return to the first team after being declared ill.

It was the Welshman who first found the back of the net in the 11th minute, nodding in on the rebound from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike at goal, but the midfielder was swiftly flagged for offside to maintain the stalemate.

The Hammers provided an immediate response, as Arnautovic found the space inside the box to strike at goal before finding the side-netting.

The Austrian’s second strike at goal would find a different destination, however, as he worked the ball with Felipe Anderson on the edge of the box before firing low into the bottom-left corner, 26 minutes in.

West Ham’s goal served to shake the Gunners up, who’d draw level just four minutes later, as Héctor Bellerín’s cross from the byline made it all the way through to the back-post, where Monreal was on hand to thrash a shot past Łukasz Fabianski.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side could’ve edged in front  just before half-time, as Michail Antonio’s slotted pass, intended for Arnautovic, found its way into Robert Snodgrass’ path inside the box before Petr Čech’s crucial save.

Unai Emery banked on Alexandre Lacazette to shake things up in the second half, with the Frenchman replacing Alex Iwobi to join Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.

Arsenal were still forced to deal with the same culprits, however, as Anderson took off down the left flank before feeding Arnautovic for a tame first-time effort in the 55th minute, gathered up by Čech.

Lacazette went close in the 57th minute, turning Diop inside the box before firing at Fabianski’s goal, with the ex-Arsenal goalkeeper palming the striker’s effort away with success.

At the other end, Anderson was creating more havoc from the left in the 69th minute, as the Brazilian cut inside before letting rip from range to bring Čech into action.

Requiring a slice of luck, Arsenal took the lead a minute later through Diop’s own-goal, as the former Toulouse man was left hopeless against Lacazette’s cut-back, deflecting off the defender and in.

Diop would soon redeem himself, however, as Ramsey set Aubameyang for a first-time finish inside the box prior to the defender’s crucial block in the 73rd minute.

Fabianksi starred once more between the sticks in the 82nd minute, denying Ramsey’s half-volley from outside the box, aimed at the bottom-left corner.

A nervy end saw Arsenal survive a couple of scares with crosses across the face of goal, with West Ham unable to make contact with both attempts before Welbeck could kill the game off following a second Bellerín assist, as the Englishman dispatched his shot from close range to secure a 3-1 win.

By Patrick Ribeiro

(@P_SRibeiro)

Player Ratings: Petr Čech (7) – Héctor Bellerín (7), Shkodran Mustafi (6), Sokratis (5), Nacho Monreal (7) – Mattéo Guendouzi (6), Granit Xhaka (6) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (7), Aaron Ramsey (7), Alex Iwobi (5) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5)

Subs: Lucas Torreira (6), Alexandre Lacazette (7), Danny Welbeck (6)

MATCH REPORT: Arsenal 4-1 West Ham United

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to a late flurry of goals in the final 15 minutes.

The Gunners took the lead early in the second half before Marko Arnautovic could cancel out their one-goal-advantage, accrued by Nacho Monreal.

Miscommunication at the back for West Ham enabled Aaron Ramsey’s cross to find the back of the net as late as the 78th minute, placing Arsenal ahead.

Two further goals from Alexandre Lacazette then pumped up the scoreline, as the hosts signed out with a comprehensive win.

With the clock ticking down on Arsène Wenger’s stay at the club, the Frenchman gave Danny Welbeck the nod alongside Lacazette in attack to leave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench for the first time since joining the club.

Following a positive start, Laurent Koscielny picked the game up with a dangerous header from a corner, meanwhile the likes of João Mário and Arnautovic had their own sightings of David Ospina’s goal at the other end.

As Arsenal’s grip on the game began to wear off, Granit Xhaka looked to push the Gunners back on top with a free-kick in the 33rd minute, saved by Joe Hart, before Welbeck could spark danger a minute later with a header over the bar.

The North Londoners closed out the first half with a moment of concern for the injured Mohamed Elneny, who was stretchered off for Ainsley Maitland-Niles before half-time.

It was Arsenal who again commenced the second period brightest, this time with reward, as Monreal put Wenger’s men ahead when guiding a volley past Joe Hart from a corner in the 51st minute.

West Ham we’re able to bite back through Arnautovic, smashing a shot across Ospina’s goal and equalising for the Hammers in the 64th minute.

The visitors required an important save from Hart to deny Xhaka in the 72nd minute, as the Arsenal man aimed to find the far corner with a low drive at goal from the edge of the box.

Hart repeated his dosage, this time tipping Welbeck’s curling effort around the post for an Arsenal corner in the 78th minute.

Via a good slice of fortune, the Gunners would finally find another way past Hart, as Ramsey’s in-swinging cross deceived the England goalkeeper and his defence to find the far corner, placing Arsenal a goal ahead.

Lacazette increased the hosts’ lead with a fierce shot from the right in the 85th minute, just moments before bagging a brace to make it 4-1.

Arsenal’s win sees them edge closer to securing 6th place, following Burnley’s 1-1 draw away to Stoke City.

By Patrick Ribeiro

(@P_SRibeiro)

Player Ratings: David Ospina (6) – Héctor Bellerín (6), Shkodran Mustafi (5), Laurent Koscielny (7), Nacho Monreal (7) – Mohamed Elneny (6), Granit Xhaka (7) – Alex Iwobi (5), Aaron Ramsey (8), Danny Welbeck (7) – Alexandre Lacazette (7)

Subs: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (6), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7), Calum Chambers (-)

MATCH REPORT: West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium, as the Gunners’ poor form away from home continues.

Arsène Wenger’s men were looking to bounce back from Sunday’s disappointment over Southampton but couldn’t go beyond a second consecutive draw in the Premier League, as results around them saw Arsenal slip down to 7th in the league table.

The North Londoners reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the trip to East London, with Jack Wilshere filling in for the injured Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud picking up his first Premier League start over Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners proceeded into the game with a measured start and good handle of possession, but it was at the other end that substantial ground was made up when Marko Arnautovic headed in the opener for West Ham before acknowledging the linesman’s flag for offside.

Arsenal would take 28 minutes to trouble Adrian’s goal through Alex Iwobi, picking the ball up inside the area prior to hitting the outside of the near post with his left foot.

The visitors wouldn’t be able to find a higher gear in attack, however, as West Ham safeguarded the goalless draw going into the interval.

The second period started with the same man, Arnautovic, looking to cause Arsenal problems with a first-time hook over the bar from a lobbed pass in the 46th minute.

Granit Xhaka looked to vary the play with a calculated curling effort at goal in response, but Adrian remained alert when catching the shot comfortably.

Cutting in on his favoured right foot, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was able to provide Giroud with a cross to attack, as the Frenchman’s back-post header was deflected wide for a corner in the 54th minute.

Arsenal imposed themselves further, with Mesut Özil bursting into the area with a pass from the left to edge the North Londoners closer to the opener, as his attempt using the outside of his foot bounced past the far post.

Wilshere was presented with a good opportunity in the 69th minute via Giroud’s knock-down, but the Englishman couldn’t quite set his first touch away from his standing position before shanking a right-footed volley high and wide.

The Gunners, without success, caused most of the problems before a late flurry of attacks from West Ham threatened to steal all three points before the final whistle, as Javier Hernandez took advantage of sloppy play at the back to curl an effort onto the underside of the bar in the 90th minute.

The deadlock  would be maintained at full-time, as Arsenal conceded further ground in the chase for a top four finish.

By Patrick Ribeiro

(@P_SRibeiro)

Staring XI: Petr Čech (5) – Héctor Bellerín (5), Laurent Koscielny (6), Nacho Monreal (6), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (6) – Granit Xhaka (6), Jack Wilshere (7) – Alex Iwobi (5), Mesut Özil (6), Alexis Sanchez (4) – Olivier Giroud (4)

Subs: Danny Welbeck (4), Alexandre Lacazette (5)