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Arsenal eventually overcome West Ham

Posted on April 22, 2018 by David Nugent

In the first game since veteran boss Arsene Wenger announced he would leave the club in the summer, Arsenal recorded a 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal had the first attempt on goal of the game on nine minutes, as centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed wide of goal from a Granit Xhaka corner kick.

At the other end of the pitch, Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario drew a smart save from David Ospina, while Marko Arnautovic also saw a shot on goal blocked by the Gunners defence.

Arnautovic also saw an effort from the left side of the area saved by Ospina on 15 minutes. A minute later Irons midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate came close to opening the scoring from a Joao Mario cross, as his header hit the crossbar.

The Hammers came forward again on 21 minutes, but this time Edimilson Fernandes fire well over the high and wide of Ospina’s goal. The home side attempted to gain control and Danny Welbeck fired well over the bar before firing just wide of goal soon afterwards.

The England striker attempted to make it third time lucky on 31 minutes, as he curled an effort well off target. On 34 minutes, Xhaka whipped a free-kick over the wall and Hammers ‘keeper Joe Hart parried the effort away. A minute later Welbeck mistimed his jump at the back post to head wide from Hector Bellerin’s whipped cross.

Arsenal experienced an injury blow just before half-time when midfielder Mohamed Elneny sustained what looked like a potentially serious injury. The Gunners came close to taking the lead in first-half stoppage-time, as Aaron Ramsey fired just wide of goal from the edge of the area.

The Gunners came close to taking the lead early in the second period, as Welbeck combined well with Alexandre Lacazette, who found Nacho Monreal and the Spaniard fired a low powerful shot straight at Hart.

Monreal did get on the scoresheet three minutes later, producing a fantastic volley left-footed volley from the edge of the area from an Xhaka corner kick. Ramsey fired wide of Hart’s goal on 57 minutes, as the Gunners looked to double their lead.

Just after the hour mark, West Ham substitutes Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez combined, only for the Mexican striker to flash an effort over the crossbar.

David Moyes side equalised on 64 minutes, as Marko Arnautovic on the left of the area smashed home a superb effort past Ospina. Arsenal came close to regaining the lead on 72 minutes, as Hart tipped a powerful long-range effort from Xhaka wide of goal.

Hart was in action again with 11 minutes left on the clock. This time the loan star flung himself at a curling Welbeck effort wide for a corner kick.

The home side regained the lead with just eight minutes left on the clock. Ramsey fired a cross into the area, only for West Ham youngster Declan Rice to duck instead of heading away and the ball sailed past Hart into the goal.

The Gunners doubled their lead three minutes later. Lacazette picked up the ball on the inside before hitting a powerful that took a nick off Aaron Cresswell before finding the net.

Lacazette doubled his goal tally on 89 minutes, as the French striker hit a powerful low effort past Hart. The last effort of the game came in stoppage-time, as Xhaka fired well over the bar.

The win was good preparation for Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

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

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