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Arsenal beat West Ham to enhance top-four chances

Posted on April 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a crucial 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to aid the Gunners hopes of Champions League qualification.

Arsenal had the first effort on goal on four minutes, as Alexis Sanchez hit an effort from 35 yards out that went high and wide of goal.

The Hammers hit back with their own attack on nine minutes. Manuel Lanzini hit a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area that missed the target by a yard. A few minutes later the Hammers had another attempt on the Arsenal goal. Mark Noble found some space just inside the area and saw his go just wide of the left-hand post.

The home soon hit back up the other end of the pitch, but Theo Walcott’s effort went straight at Hammers goalkeeper Darren Randolph. On 20 minutes Arsenal saw a penalty appeal rejected, after Masuaku looked to have pushed Walcott in the penalty area.

The home side had a really good opportunity on 26 minutes. Sanchez chipped a pass over the West Ham defence to Danny Welbeck, who from an acute angle completely missed the ball. On the half hour mark Walcott sliced an effort well wide of goal from inside the box after good play from Mesut Ozil.

With just four minutes of the first half remaining Arsenal came close to taking the lead. Sanchez showed good footwork to lose two defenders, before finding Hector Bellerin whose shot was blocked superbly James Collins. Mohamed Elneny latched onto the rebound and saw his effort deflect over the bar.

Arsenal continued to press for an opening goal and Randolph produced a decent save from a Welbeck header at the near post.

The first chance of the second period did not arrive until eight minutes into the half, as Shkodran Mustafi found space on the edge of the area and saw his effort went just wide of the left-hand post.

West Ham found the net just before the hour mark, but Andy Carroll’s effort was ruled out for offside. Arsenal made the breakthrough on 58 minutes. Ozil picked up the ball on the edge of the area and aimed a relatively tame shot towards the far corner that somehow beat Randolph.

The Gunners came close to doubling their lead two minutes later. Walcott found Welbeck stretching, but the striker managed to poke an effort towards goal, only for Randolph to come out quickly. Welbeck hit the side-netting on 67 minutes after Ozil had found him with a good ball.

The Home side doubled their lead on 68 minutes. Sanchez found Ozil down the left, the German found Walcott in the area and hit a first time effort into the bottom corner of the net.

The Gunners came close to making it three on soon afterwards. Ozil produces a superb past to Bellerin and the Spanish international slid the ball past the left-hand post. Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez was called into action for the first time on 76 minutes, as he produced a superb save from a 20-yard effort from Manuel Lanzini.

The home side made it three on 83 minutes. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found fellow substitute Olivier Giroud, who cut inside the penalty area and curled home an effort past Randolph in the West Ham goal.

Arsene Wenger’s team saw a penalty appeal turned down in stoppage-time, as Nacho Monreal looked to have been brought down in the penalty area. The referee waved away appeals, but the decision meant very little in the end it mattered little as the Gunners recorded a comfortable victory.

Who was Arsenal’s man of the match against West Ham?

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