Arsenal were able to get the win over West Ham United at London Stadium in a game that looked like it could be drifting away from them on more than a few occasions. In the end, though, they got themselves over the finish line, in what could wind up being a turning point in their campaign.
Angelo Ogbonna had given the Hammers a first half advantage, but in the second, Gabriel Martinelli popped up with a goal on his full Premier League debut to equalise. Nicolas Pepe curled in a wonderful effort to put Ljungberg’s side ahead, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completing the hat-trick and sealing the points.
Freddie Ljungberg had the following to say in regards to the win.
“The players have belief and tried to move the ball with more tempo. West Ham got tired.
“The players ran their socks off and fought. I believe in them. When I could see them put their shift in, I could see the quality. I thought ‘it is here for the taking’.
“Martinelli did amazingly. He is like a Duracell battery, he keeps going. Laca [Alexandre Lacazette] is a tremendous player but I had to make a tough decision.”
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has, understandably, a bit more downbeat.
“For 60 minutes there was just one team on the pitch. But football can be like this.
“We made mistakes in moments of defending. The problem was a lack of patience and quality to decide the game with a second goal and we made important mistakes in defence.
“The pressure for me is exactly the same if we win or lose. When you don’t have results things are more difficult. If I had not seen the team play the way they did in the first 65 minutes, I might have doubts [about his ability to turn things around].
“After Southampton at the weekend we have a break. We must try to recover as quickly as we can and we must try to win those three points.”
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