Arsenal were able to kickstart their new Premier League campaign with a win over Fulham last weekend, and heading into their clash with West Ham United, the expectation was that they’d make it two from two. They did manage to do that, but boy oh boy did they make hard work of it at the Emirates.
At some points it was pretty clear to see that the Gunners just weren’t at the races and while you have to commend them for picking up the three points, there’s nothing wrong in throwing a few criticisms their way, either. Mikel Arteta is still in the early stages of building his first team, and it’s going to take some time before they really start to thrive as a unit.
They managed to take the lead through Alexandre Lacazette midway through the first half and while we did see some question marks surrounding the goal, it still seemed as if they were well positioned to go on and control the tempo of the game from there. Alas, David Moyes is a man that people shouldn’t count out quite so easily, and they proved that on the stroke of half time.
Michail Antonio, who is known for blowing hot and cold from time to time on the big stage, was able to equalise and set the Hammers up for a big second half. They did pour forward and they did make their case for getting all three points but they just couldn’t break down the door a second time to take the lead. Arsenal managed to steady the ship, and in all fairness, that’s the kind of determination that teams need to show if they want to mix it up at the top of the Premier League.
It took until the final five minutes for Eddie Nketiah to score the winner and prove one thing – Arsenal fans can be excited about the future of this club.
Whether it’s the leadership of Arteta or the grit and determination of this team to grind out a result, there’s a lot to admire. With that being said, if they are serious about really pursuing a top four finish and potentially even beyond, they need to stop being so complacent. If they can get that in order then this could turn out to be a special season, but it still remains to be seen.
Did Arsenal deserve all three points against West Ham?