ARSENAL 4-WEST HAM 1 : GUNNERS GUN DOWN HAMMERS AS ATHLETICO LOOMS
What an emotional last couple of days it has been for the Guuners. Friday the news broke of Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure from the Managerial position he had held for 22 years. The reactions to that news had barely stopped before the important clash with West ham was upon the team. West ham are fighting to secure their Premier League status and of course were in no mood to pandy to the emotional mood currently pervading the Emirates. They wanted the 3 points that would surely Guarantee their survival in the Top flight and they were not ready to back down.
The Man in the Eye of the storm Wenger made a strong Selection of players, not withstanding the Athletico Madrid game in the Horizon. The only notable absentees were Ozil (Illness) and Mikhitaryan,( Injury)
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE netted a late double as Arsenal scored three times in the closing ten minutes to beat West Ham 4-1.
In what is Arsene Wenger’s penultimate Premier League home game, the match looked to be heading for a draw when Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener.
Aaron Ramsey then found the back of the net in the 82nd minute when his intended cross evaded everyone and nestled in the far right corner.
Lacazette recently back from Injury then brought his tally to 15 for the season in all competitions – first scoring with a deflected strike before firing in from close range past Joe Hart after a nice sweeping move.
One blow for the Gunners is that Hardworking Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny was forced off in the first half with an ankle injury.
Gunners celebrate Monreal’s Goal.
He is now a major doubt to face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday which if it turns out so is a massive blow as he is one of the few who work hard when we don’t have the ball.
Arnautovic the Austrian forward, was proving to be a menace for the Arsenal defence in the opening 45 minutes, spurning two chances to put the Hammers ahead.
And David Moyes’ side were made to rue his missed opportunities when Monreal met Granit Xhaka’s corner to volley low into the bottom corner.
But the Westham striker finally got on the score sheet when he latched onto Manuel Lanzini’s pass, to dispatch a raking strike low past David Ospina in the 64th minute.
Joe Hart then expertly denied Xhaka and Danny Welbeck from putting Arsenal back in front, before Ramsey got his 11th goal of the campaign.
Defender Declan Rice ducked under the delivery, as Hart was left rooted to his spot – helpless as he watched the ball whizz past him.
There was still time for Lacazette to get in on the act, as his shot clipped off Aaron Cresswell and into the back of the net.
And he netted soon after again in the 89th minute as his low effort was too hot to handle for the former Torino shot-stopper. Thats 5 goals in 4 games for the French striker and it was nice to see his bonding with fellow striker Aubameyang going so well.
Its now full steam ahead to Thursday, where Athletico will be waiting..Very crucial we score Goals to make the 2nd leg a mere formality.