Arsenal faced west ham for the first game since arsene wenger’s announcement he would step down from the managerial jobs at the end of the 2017/18 season. The sold out emirates got behind the gaffer as ‘one arsene wenger’ chants rang out throughout the ground. Outside the ground there was a buzz around the place and a party atmosphere.
The game started with arsenal playing a midfield based possession game against the hammers counter-attack style of play. The first half wasnt too lively with neither side having clear cut chances, danny welbeck’s header inches wide from the corner was the first time the crowd got off their feet in the first forty-five.
The second half sparked into life with a monreal volley opening the scoring minutes after the break. The goal came from a granit xhaka left hand sided outswinging corner where nacho monreal managed to escape his mark and fire through the crowd from the penalty spot.
After a stint of arsenal pressure west-ham grew into the game attacking mainly down arsenal’s left hand side. Marko arnautovic equalled the scoring in the sixty-fourth minute with a powerful shot into the corner of petr cech’s net. The goal came to much surprise as the ball was bobbing around the edge of arsenal’s defensive area when the ball fell kindly to arnautovic’s left foot when he fired across to level the hammers and give the travelling fans something to shout about.
West ham seemed to be holding out for an away point at the emirates before a declan rice/joe hart mistake gifted arsenal the lead with barely ten minutes to go. Aaron ramsey aimed to provide a cross into the area which was a rather tame effort which could have been easily dealt with by declan rice however, he thought the goalkeeper joe hart would claim the ball neither took charge and to west-ham and david moyes’s dismay the ball crept into the far corner of the net.
Alex lacazette added a third by firing past joe hart from a tight angle via an aaron cresswell deflection. Lacazette rubbed salt in the west-ham wounds to make it four-one. He finished the chance with a curling effort into the far corner.
Arsenal deservedly won the game however the scoreline was flattering a great win to appreciate arsene wenger’s reign as manager.
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