Arsenal entered the Top Four for the first time this season as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the midweek action in the Premier League. Arsenal put on a sublime performance after a horror showing against Everton to leapfrog their opponents. After a goalless first half, Gabriel Martinelli put the hosts ahead in the 48th minute before Emile Smith Rowe sealed the points three minutes from time. Vladimir Coufal was sent off in the 67th minute for a second bookable offense in the box with Alexandre Lacazette missing the penalty.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Tomiyasu (7), White (7), Gabriel (7), Tierney (7), Xhaka (7), Partey (7), Odegaard (7), Saka (8), Martinelli (8), Lacazette (8).
Subs: Smith Rowe (7), Nketiah (NA), Tavares (NA)
West Ham: Fabianski (7), Coufal (5), Dawson (6), Diop (6), Masuaku (4), Rice (6), Soucek (5), Fornals (5), Lanzini (5), Bowen (5), Antonio (5).
Subs: Benrahma (5), Ashby (NA)
Man of the match: Bukayo Saka
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I think [the young players] were really good, all of them, and the senior players led by example. We had some sound performances needed to beat this team. I am really pleased. It’s important for Gabi [Martinelli] to score a goal like he did today. It helps because they know each other, some of them are from the academy, and the chemistry is there. I really like the link and the senior players are contributing and really enjoy helping the boys raise.
West Ham boss David Moyes: “I thought he should have got more of the ball. He should have tapped the ball away. The timing of it means he catches the top of the ball and followed through.”
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