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Report and highlights as West Ham see off Arsenal
Final Up to date: 12/01/19 7:26pm
Declan Rice scored the one objective as West Ham beat Arsenal, whereas Marko Arnautovic appeared to bid farewell to the London Stadium.
Rice picked a superb time to seize his first West Ham objective, powering the ball past Bernd Leno from 12 yards three minutes after half-time in a sport of few clear-cut possibilities.
The principle speaking level got here when Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the house followers when he was substituted with 71 minutes performed, days after West Ham rejected a £35m bid for the Austrian from an unnamed Chinese language membership.
Residence Workforce: Fabianski (7), Zabaleta (7), Ogbonna (7), Diop (7), Cresswell (7), Noble (6), Rice (eight), Antonio (6), Nasri (7), Anderson (6), Arnautovic (7).
Subs: Carroll (6), Snodgrass (6), Obiang (n/a)
Arsenal: Leno (6), Mustafi (6), Sokratis (6), Koscielny (6), Maitland-Niles (5), Xhaka (5), Guendouzi (6), Kolasinac (5), Iwobi (5), Lacazette (6), Aubameyang (6).
Subs: Ramsey (5), Torreira (6), Bellerin (5)
Man of the match: Declan Rice
Arsenal managed simply two photographs on course throughout the entire 90 minutes as their wretched away kind continued, leaving them with one win on their travels of their final seven Premier League video games.
Unai Emery’s aspect had proven the higher intent earlier than half-time however lacked the invention to repeatedly discover a approach via the house defence, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang onlookers for lengthy spells of the primary half.
Each side exchanged cursory efforts early on however Arsenal did carve out the primary actual alternative when Lacazette held off Pablo Zabaleta and powered into the field. Lukasz Fabianski saved his first effort from 12 yards, and he skied the rebound over.
However with the restored Arnautovic trying untroubled by the hypothesis round him on the tip of West Ham’s assault, the hosts all the time had a focus they may play off and he held the ball up for Samir Nasri, just for the Frenchman to strike the aspect netting from a decent angle.
Felipe Anderson additionally got here shut when Nasri waited for his run and laid the ball into his path 25 yards out, earlier than Matteo Guendouzi rounded off an excellent, however uninspiring first half by going shut from an identical distance.
West Ham made 5 adjustments from their FA Cup win over Birmingham, together with a return for Marko Arnautovic and a Premier League return for Samir Nasri.
Unai Emery reverted to the Arsenal line-up which beat Fulham of their final league sport, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the proper of midfield in a Three-Four-Three.
The second half sprang into life inside 5 minutes of the restart with Nasri, who had been busy earlier than half-time, teeing up Rice after a poor Granit Xhaka header to blast the ball past a rooted Leno from 12 yards.
Aubameyang was postpone his stride by Aaron Cresswell’s sliding problem within the field and Alex Iwobi simply missed the far publish when performed in on the left as Arsenal pressed, however they nonetheless didn’t work Fabianski sufficient.
The arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira and even the tempo of Hector Bellerin off the bench didn’t ignite the Gunners’ standard second-half cost, which has seen them decide up eight factors within the final 10 minutes of video games alone, because the hosts noticed out a primary victory over Arsenal on dwelling soil since 2006.
- West Ham registered solely their third dwelling Premier League win in opposition to Arsenal and their first since November 2006, ending a run of 10 dwelling video games with out victory in opposition to the Gunners (D3 L7).
- Arsenal have taken simply two factors from their final 5 away Premier League video games (W0 D2 L3) – they gained 13 within the 5 away video games previous to this run (W4 D1 L0).
- Declan Rice turned the 10th teenager to attain a Premier League objective for West Ham, and the primary since Junior Stanislas in November 2009.
- Samir Nasri performed his first Premier League sport for West Ham and registered his first help within the competitors since April 2016, when he assisted Sergio Aguero for Man Metropolis in opposition to Chelsea.
- Arsenal are certainly one of three Premier League groups but to steer at half-time in an away Premier League match this season, together with Burnley and Cardiff Metropolis.
- Arsenal have gained simply three of their final 15 away Premier League London derbies (W3 D5 L7).
- Manuel Pellegrini stays unbeaten in dwelling matches in opposition to Unai Emery in all competitions throughout his managerial profession (P7 W5 D2 L0).
- West Ham have gained six of their final 9 Premier League video games (D1 L2) – their earlier six wins came to visit a interval of 24 matches.
Manuel Pellegrini: “I used to be happy with the stability and consistence of the workforce. We didn’t permit Arsenal any possibilities regardless of their high quality of gamers. We performed with a mentality of an enormous workforce, all the time going for the second objective.”
Unai Emery: “It is a dangerous outcomes for us. It is regarding as a result of we have to be aggressive at dwelling and away. At dwelling we really feel good however away we aren’t getting the outcomes we would like. As we speak we needed to do extra to impose our concepts. If we may have been extra aggressive with extra high quality we may have finished higher.”
Man of the match – Declan Rice
Moreover scoring the winner, Rice did an excellent job anchoring the West Ham midfield, usually doing the legwork of each himself and Mark Noble, who struggled to maintain up with the tempo of the sport on the few events Arsenal bought going.
He gained the ball again extra instances (10) than anybody else on the pitch, however he by no means shied away from the ball both, scoring the one objective of the sport and of his team-mates solely Noble and Anderson had extra touches over the 90 minutes.
“I am making an attempt to think about a defensive midfielder within the Premier League who does it higher than him,” stated Sky Sports activities visitor and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.
“I am not saying he is the very best within the league as a result of he is bought an extended strategy to go, however he is heading in the right direction. His studying of the sport, his maturity and in the present day I noticed a bit extra – he needed to go ahead extra and he can deliver that to his sport.”
West Ham journey to Bournemouth subsequent Saturday at 3pm, shortly earlier than Arsenal face one other London derby with Chelsea on the Emirates at 5.30pm.
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