Arsenal overtook rival West Ham and moved to fourth place in the Premier League by winning an action-packed match at the Emirates Stadium.
Gabriel Martinelli scored the first goal at the start of the second half before substitute Emile Smith Rowe confirmed Arsenal’s victory late.
Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette received a penalty kick that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski saved in the second half.
West Ham player Vladimir Koval was sent off for a second booking in the penalty area as he was judged to have fouled Lacazette in the penalty area.
Koval was booked in the first half when defender Kieran Tierney hit his arm in the face, prompting a protest from Arsenal players.
Tierney later hit the crossbar, while there were other chances for Martinelli, Bucayo Saka and Gabriel as Arsenal were the better team all along.
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The importance of this result appeared on the league standings in a fierce and contentious confrontation.
Koval’s inadvertent mistake against Tierney in the first half sparked a protest from Arsenal players, before referee Anthony Taylor quickly cleared the situation with a yellow card.
A few strong tackles followed before Taylor had to speak to Arsenal’s coaching staff near the touchline.
The hosts began to dominate the field – in addition to Tierney’s shot hitting the crossbar, West Ham centre-back Craig Dawson had to make several blocks.
Saka was Arsenal’s biggest threat down the right flank and was involved in bolstering Tierney’s effort, before he fired Lacazette’s shot that blocked Martinelli’s path and appeared within inches.
In the second half, Saka got himself close too, while West Ham’s best chances fell to Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen – and none of the truly worrisome goalkeeper was Aaron Ramsdale.
Koval’s dismissal – which West Ham understandably felt unfair – didn’t make much of a difference, and despite a belated increase in guests, Arsenal were able to beat them through a late Smith Roe goal.
Arteta chose a side that remained unchanged after Arsenal’s win over Southampton, and his full-time celebrations suggest he is once again pleased with this performance, with a number of young players impressed.
Despite a strong start to the season, West Ham have won just one of their last six Premier League games and are now just three points clear of Tottenham in seventh place.
West Ham United team
formation – composition 4-4-1-1
- 32RamsdalBooked in 72 minutes
- 35MartinelliBooked in 58 minuteshas been replaced bybitmapin a 82 ‘Minutes
- 8Ødegaardhas been replaced bySmith Rowein a 66 ‘Minutes
- 9Lacazettehas been replaced byTavaresin a 88 ‘Minutes
- 10Smith Rowe
- 15Maitland Niles
- 23Sambi Lokunga
formation – composition 4-2-3-1
- 5KovalBooked in 67 minutes
- 8Fornalshas been replaced bylikein a 84 ‘Minutes
- 10Lanzinihas been replaced byBenrahmain a 76 ‘Minutes
- Anthony Taylor
The match is over, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0.
The second half ended, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0.
wasted attempt. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) with his left foot from outside the box is very high. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.
Attempt is prohibited. Said Benrahma (West Ham United) A right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is saved.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) error.
Tomas Sucic (West Ham United) won with a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Arsenal. Nuno Tavares replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
The goal! Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the penalty area into the lower right corner. With Bukayo Saka’s help after breakfast.
Substitution, West Ham United. Harrison Ashby replaces Pablo Fornals.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) error.
Said Benrahma (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Martinelli due to an injury.
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael Antonio (West Ham United).
Attempt saved. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is saved in the lower right corner. With the help of Bukayo Saka.
Attempt is prohibited. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)’s left footed shot is blocked from the center of the penalty area. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal Corner. Against him Issa Diop.
Substitution, West Ham United. Said bin Rahma succeeds Manuel Lanzini.
wasted attempt. Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) left footed shot from the center of the penalty area close but it crossed the right corner after a corner kick.
Arsenal Corner. Against him is Mikael Antonio.
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