Arsenal played a rather bleak first half against West Ham on Saturday and went to the break trailing the hosts by 1-0, albeit due to a very unfortunate deflected header from Angelo Ogbonna which caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles and cheated Bernd Leno. After the goal, the team seemed to have lost the little zest they had in them before, and even though the Hammers didn’t play all that well themselves, they seemed very comfortable in the minimal lead against the indisposed Gunners.
However, we’ve rarely seen them turn things around the way they did in the second half. Goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured the three points moved to North London.
And speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, the scorer of the last goal expressed his view that Arsenal deserved to win the game with that second-half performance. He also revealed that interim boss Freddie Ljungberg told them during the halftime break that the tempo of Arsenal’s play had to be higher than it was. The players knew they had the quality to do it, and they felt that belief was the only thing missing to be able to turn the game around.
Obviously, it came the moment Martinelli tucked in the equalizer and West Ham were no match for them anymore. In the end, Aubameyang said that this second half was a good example of the way the team should be playing, and they will try to take it from there.