Arsenal grabbed a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League’s evening match at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham started the better of the two teams, but it was Arsenal that took the lead after 25 minutes after Alexandre Lacazette headed in a cross from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The visitors deservedly equalised in the last minute of the first half when Michail Antonio turned in a low ball from Ryan Fredericks.
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The visitors then carved out the best chances of the second period, with Antonio failing to convert a chance from six yards out and then placing a header onto the bar midway through the half. With four minutes to go West Ham paid for their profligacy, as Dani Ceballos found Eddie Nketiah to tap home the winner for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s team will now travel to Anfield to play the champions Liverpool in the next round of Premier League matches, while West Ham will host Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Is this a victory that shows us a new side to Arsenal? It’s good to be an Arsenal fan at the moment. In their last four competitive games they have won the FA Cup, the Community Shield and have made a perfect start to the 2020-21 Premier League season. Earlier this week, they signed a new long-term deal with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta certainly has the club moving in the right direction, and his recent signings have added to a team that looked like they were coming together at the end of last season. Willian might be 32-years old but he is proven in the Premier League and evidently has a lot left to give, while Gabriel is showing signs that he could just be the commanding centre back that Arsenal have been crying out for.
The victory tonight was an important one, not because of who they defeated but the circumstances they overcame. More recent iterations of Arsenal would have folded after being outplayed in the second half, and Arteta’s jubilation at the final whistle celebrated the show of character from his players that snagged a late victory. Next up for Arsenal is an even greater test; their match with Liverpool at Anfield a week on Monday is perhaps the most intriguing match of the Premier League season so far.
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MAN OF THE MATCH – Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Arsenal struggled for long periods tonight during a game where West Ham created the better of the chances. Their two goals however were wonderful creations, both of which were instigated by a sudden change of pace and an incisive pass from Saka that split the West Ham defence wide open. Arsenal have a serious talent on their books.
Arsenal (3-4-3): Leno 5; Gabriel 7, Holding 6, Kolasinac 6; Bellerin 6, Xhaka 6, Ceballos 7, Saka 8; Willian 6, Aubameyang 7, Lacazette 7
SUBS: David Luiz 6, Pepe 6, Nketiah 7
West Ham United (3-4-3): Fabianski 6; Diop 6, Ogbonna…