On This Day: Arsenal run through West Ham United

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On This Day: Arsenal run through West Ham United

Posted on April 05, 2018 by Harry Kettle

While there’s plenty to be stressed out about if you’re an Arsenal fan in 2018, it’s always worth remembering that there have been some good times celebrated by the club in years gone by. We’ve seen trophies being lifted, last minute goals being scored, and a whole lot of victories over Tottenham Hotspur.

With that being said, it’s also interesting to take a look at the club’s recent history in order to analyse how far they’ve come in the span of twelve months. So then, let’s take a short trip down memory lane to April 5th, 2017 when Arsene Wenger led his Arsenal side to their first victory in over a month against London rivals West Ham United.

Much like this season, it was a turbulent time to be an Arsenal supporter, as the Gunners had surrendered control of a place in the top four and looked like they were genuinely going to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in what felt like forever.

Defeats against Liverpool and West Brom were followed up by a dramatic 2-2 draw against Manchester City, meaning that their game against the Hammers was more important than anyone could’ve possibly imagined a few weeks prior.

An early yellow card for Hector Bellerin looked as if it could be a sign of frustrating things to come, but thankfully, Mesut Ozil was able to calm the nerves in the 58th minute following a tense first half. From that point on the Gunners looked as if they were in their element, showcasing the kind of skill and technique which we all know that they possess.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, both of whom are no longer with the club, ensured the three points in a game that wasn’t too dissimilar to their recent 3-0 victory over Stoke City.

Of course that kind of ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ mentality will only serve to increase the calls for Arsene Wenger to be dismissed, but on the positive side, it’s always nice to remember that Arsenal are capable of pulling a result out of nowhere when they’ve got their back against the wall.

Arsenal are 1/3 favourites with bet365 to defeat CSKA Moscow in the Europa League tonight.

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