Arsenal moved into fourth place in Premier League overtaking their North London rivals West Ham United after a win at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal outplayed West Ham United with a 2-0 match score in the second half. Gabriel Martinelli netted the opening goal in the 51st minute before substitute Emile Smith Rowe confirmed victory for the Gunners in the late minutes of the game.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta commented on the win: “I think [the young players] were really good, all of them, and the senior players led by example. We had some sound performances needed to beat this team. I am really pleased. It’s important for Gabi [Martinelli] to score a goal like he did today. It helps because they know each other, some of them are from the academy, and the chemistry is there. I really like the link and the senior players are contributing and really enjoy helping the boys raise.”
David Moyes manager of West Ham said: “I thought he should have got more of the ball. He should have tapped the ball away. The timing of it means he catches the top of the ball and followed through.”
Arsenal vs West Ham
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette (c).
Subs: Okwonkwo, Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Tavares, Lokonga. Elneny, Nketiah.
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Rice (c), Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio.
Subs: Areola, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Benrahma, Kral, Okoflex, Alese.
Red Card: Vladimir Coufal