Arsenal vs. West Ham United – Football Match Report – December 15, 2021

Arsenal beat West Ham United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to move into the top four in the Premier League.

Gabriel Martinelli scored a superb goal to give Arsenal the lead early in the second half, while Alexandre Lacazette missed a penalty that would have put the game away 70 minutes ago.

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However, substitute Emile Smith Rowe added Arsenal’s second just before the end of the match to secure the three points for Mikel Arteta’s side and send West Ham into the Champions League spots.

“Really pleased with the attitude, commitment and quality we showed in the match,” Arteta told reporters. “The players play for the club and the pride we expect from them. I was really happy from the start, because we knew we had to put in a really good performance today to beat West Ham.”

Arsenal’s decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of their captain was dominated by another step of pre-match discipline. Just as in the comforting win over Southampton at the weekend, Arsenal didn’t miss him.

And the test first half ended without any goals, and West Ham player Vladimir Koval watched the yellow color early to present his elbow in the face of Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal forced the issue towards the end of the first 45 minutes with some gentle overlap in the attacking third and West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski needed to make some crucial saves to keep the score 0-0 at the end of the first half.

Martinelli’s goal came shortly after the start of the second half when Brazilian Lacazette fired, sped up by his defender and beat Fabianski with a fine finishing touch to give Arsenal the lead.

Koval dropped Lacazette inside the area for his second yellow and sent off, but the France international was saved by Fabianski’s partial kick and West Ham stayed in touch with the hosts – albeit playing with a down man in the remainder. the match.

Despite their disappointment, West Ham were justifiably angry at referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to give Koval a second yellow despite replays that showed he played the ball before Lacazette sent in for the penalty.

Smith Rowe then beat Fabianski with a low shot to the near post from just outside the penalty area to send the home fans to a standing ovation as Arsenal continued their good form recently in the Premier League.

With this result, Arsenal’s tally of 29 points from 17 games, while West Ham fell to fifth place, one point behind Arsenal.

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