Arsenal dominated West Ham United in the second half, securing a 3-1 victory in the process. The Gunners were able to make good use of the absence of Gabriel Jesus, and produced a remarkably impressive performance in a tough test.
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West Ham United are not doing too well away from home this season. They have not won at the London Stadium since August, and have lost five out of seven matches on the road this term. While they aren’t in relegation trouble, their poor form away from home has only served to compound their problems. In the past, Mikel Arteta’s team have been plagued by injuries and brittleness. However, they showed a mature side in the second half, and they defended resolutely.
Earlier in the game, the West Ham defence was caught napping by Danny Odegaard’s reverse pass. After the ball was swung in, Odegaard curled a shot towards the goal. Lukasz Fabianski was on hand to stop the ball, but it was easily avoided. Instead, it was the reverse pass which set up the eventual goal.
In the first half, Arsenal were unlucky not to take the lead, and they were fortunate not to lose it. They were first to be penalised for offside, but the referee didn’t find it. A couple of minutes later, a long-range shot by Michail Antonio failed to beat Aaron Ramsdale. It wasn’t all bad though, as the Hammers did manage to score a penalty. Said Benrahama made the eighth league start of the season.
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Odegaard had a fine night, as did his partners, and the pair linked up well. He played a clever ball to Bukayo Saka, and the pair combined to make it look easy. Then, with his team up, he drilled a ball to Eddie Nketiah. When he took his shot, he didn’t quite get his feet right. But he showed a nice touch to turn to the left and slash at the ball.
The other major talking point in the second half was the formation of Odegaard and Saka. Although they were both excellent in the first half, it was only after the break that they became really effective. Their first goal was a slick piece of play. Odegaard was excellent throughout, and his movement and control were particularly impressive. His passing was astute, and he did a good job to keep the ball moving from left to right. As a result, he was credited with the assist on the aforementioned “Moment of the Match” winner, which came in the form of a Bukayo Saka volley.
Odegaard also had an impressive first half, with his passing and movement being the highlights. It’s not a surprise he was awarded the Man of the Match award. On the other hand, it was a bit of a let down that he wasn’t able to finish the ball.
Odegaard also had the chance to show off his wares in the first half, with a shot which dragged to the side of Saka’s goal. Despite his efforts, it was the West Ham defence which proved most difficult to crack.
Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United – Highlights & Full 90 Minutes
It was a great comeback by Arsenal against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium. A penalty kick by Said Benrahma put the visitors ahead in the 74th minute, but the Gunners were not done. They grabbed a second goal within three minutes to win 3-1.
The first half was a good one for the hosts, with almost three-quarters of the ball. But they struggled to create a lot of chances. In fact, only a single shot was on target.
At the start of the second period, the Hammers enjoyed a bit more possession. That allowed them to take the lead on a counter attack. However, they were unable to convert that into a goal. Instead, the Gunners took control, and managed to turn the game around.
Martin Odegaard set up the winning goal with a delightful ball to Bukayo Saka, who controlled the long-range effort before finishing into the bottom corner. He later became SunSport’s man of the match for the game.
West Ham were a constant threat on the break, but they were unable to find a way through the Arsenal backline. As a result, they had only one shot on goal in the opening half.
Arsenal were able to turn the game around by scoring two goals in quick succession. First, Gabriel Martinelli scored the second. His free-kick was excellent. It flashed past Lukasz Fabianski.
Later, Edward Nketiah drilled the third goal. Despite some excellent work by Aaron Cresswell, he could not find his way through the Arsenal defence.
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