Arsenal is back up to fourth with a 2-1 win over West Ham. They took the lead in the first half when Holding headed in his first-ever Premier goal.
The host pulled themselves level on the stroke of half-time when Bowen’s volley deflected in off Gabriel.
The Brazilian then restored their lead in the second half with a stooping header that Fabianski helped over the line.
Arsenal could’ve had more, with Fabianski pulling off some great saves to deny Nketiah.
However, West Ham United couldn’t find a way back into it.
WEST HAM STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ryan Fredericks, Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Mark Noble; Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals; Said Benrahma.
WEST HAM SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio, Nikola Vlasic, Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku, Tomas Soucek, Alex Kral, Ajibola Alese.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Nuno Taveres; Martin Odegaard, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli.
ARSENAL SUBS: Bernd Leno, Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe, Cedric Soares, Nicolas Pepe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Alex Kirk, Salah Oulas M’Hand, Zack Swanson.
HOLDING SCORES! This time it’s a much better delivery from the corner as Saka hangs it up in the middle of the box. Again, holding outmuscles Lanzini and leaps higher than everyone else to head it past Fabianski. 1-0 Arsenal!
BOWEN EQUALISES! Again, West Ham looks to their right side, and this time, it pays off! Rice goes long over the top for Coufal, and he brings it down before volleying a cross into Bowen. His first touch sets it up nicely for a volley, and the slightest nick off Gabriel takes it out of Ramsdale’s reach and into the net. 1-1!
GABRIEL SCORES! Saka hangs another corner into the box, and this time, it’s half-cleared by West Ham. Martinelli recycles it by lifting it into the far post, and Gabriel stoops to head it on goal. It’s straight at Fabianski, but it hits the keeper’s leg, which helps it over the line. 2-1 Arsenal!
So, what’s next?
West Ham United will be facing Frankfurt in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be hosting Leeds United in the Premier League.
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