Rob Holding scored his first goal for the club and helped Arsenal produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. He opened the scoring in the 38th minute before Jarrod Bowen equalized for the visitors in the 45th minute. Gabriel headed home to seal the win for the Gunners in the 54th minute. The win helped Arsenal maintain their two-point lead over North London rivals Tottenham for the last Champions League spot.
West Ham: Fabianski (7), Coufal (6), Zouma (7), Cresswell (6), Fredericks (6), Noble (6), Rice (8), Fornals (7), Bowen (7), Benrahma (6), Lanzini (6).
Subs: Antonio (6), Soucek (6), Yarmolenko (6).
Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Tomiyasu (6), Holding (9), Gabriel (8), Tavares (7), Elneny (7), Xhaka (7), Odegaard (7), Martinelli (7), Saka (7), Nketiah (7).
Subs: Cedric (6), Smith Rowe (6), Lokonga (6).
Man of the match: Rob Holding
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “We won ugly and big teams have to find a way to win ugly when they don’t play at their best. With the ball, we were really poor. We lacked composure, and dominance to play the game we wanted to play, but we found a way through set pieces, by defending extremely well. To win here is a credit to the boys. They showed the spirit we have. I’m still digesting a lot of things we didn’t do right, but as a team to grow in confidence and to continue with the moment we have, we’ve won against three big teams in a row.”
West Ham manager David Moyes: “We played quite well in periods of the game and did a good job against a good team, but we got undone by something we’re normally very good at which is defending set-pieces. The team we put out today lacked that height we required. That was a risk we took and in the end, it came back to punish us.”
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