Arsenal versus West Ham United was one of the most exciting matches that took place this Saturday. The Gunners seemed in good form following their victory over Fulham, so most fans expected yet another win. Although it wasn’t that easy, Eddie Nketiah managed to score a late goal for his team, which ensured that Arsenal would take the three points.
West Ham played reasonably well in this match, which is why they are definitely upset by the late goal that secured Arsenal’s victory. What’s even worse is that the Hammers now have two consecutive defeats, something that happens for the third time in the last few seasons.
What happened in the match?
As expected, Arsenal was the team that started to pressure their opponents early on. After just 25 minutes of play, this pressure finally gave results as Alexandre Lacazette scored the match’s first goal, which gave Arsenal the lead.
Nevertheless, the Hammers is one of the teams that’s famous for its counter-attack potential. It seems like Arsenal forgot about this because Michail Antonio managed to sneak past the defenders and scored the equalizer just seconds before the end of the first half. Needless to say, Mikel Arteta’s team didn’t expect that, so they had to think of something during the break.
It seems like the conversation that the players had was worth it because Arsenal continued to pressure West Ham once the break was over. Despite that, David Moyes’ team didn’t give up and tried to score yet another goal. Although this didn’t happen, Antonio actually hit the bar, which was a clear sign that West Ham United had no intention of losing.
After that moment, both teams played a little bit more cautiously. However, it was Eddie Nketiah’s powerful shot that changed the score once more. Sadly, the Hammers didn’t have enough time to respond to Arsenal’s goal, which means that the final result was 2-1 in favour of the Gunners. This was yet another victory for Arsenal at Emirates Stadium against their opponents, who seem to be struggling when they have to visit this place.
Despite the victory, the winning goal was scored by Nketiah, who substituted Lacazette, which means that we could see some changes from Arteta for Arsenal’s next match, which will be against Liverpool. Needless to say, this is not going to be easy for the Gunners because they will have to visit Anfield, which is a place where they don’t feel that comfortable.
Before that, the team has to play in the Carabao Cup against Leicester on the 23rd of September. This is yet another team that can be pretty dangerous, so it will be really interesting to see what will happen.
The situation in Arsenal
Ever since Arteta took over the team, it seems like Arsenal is slowly but steadily improving. Thanks to the recent success, the team is in a perfect spot to keep up with the other title contenders.
Of course, it’s still too early to predict what will happen. Despite that, every single point is important, especially for a team that wants to win the EPL.