Report: Arsenal 4-1 West Ham (inc goals)

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Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Aubameyang

Arsenal began the send off for Arsene Wenger with a comprehensive, although not always convincing, 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger picked a strong side, obviously looking to create some fluency ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final, but was without Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac and Jack Wilshere due to injuries and illness.

Laurent Koscielny had the first real sight of goal, heading not far wide from a 9th minute corner, and Jaoa Mario had a shot on target and a last gasp tackle from Mustafi denied Arnautovic when the former Stoke man found himself in behind as the Arsenal defence was exposed by a long pass.

Moments later, the West Ham forward found himself in behind again, this time with a better chance to shoot and he forced Ospina into a good save. From a corner a Kouyate header bounced off the top of the bar, and it was apparent that the Hammers need for points was firing them up.

Bellerin ought to have done better than shooting over when set up by Welbeck, and the England international was next to have a go, fizzing a shot not far wide of Joe Hart’s post in the 25th minute. The West Ham keeper made a good save from a Xhaka free kick, Welbeck headed a Bellerin cross over, and late in the first period there was a lengthy stoppage when Elneny picked up an injury.

The Egyptian international was caught in a clash with Noble, and was stretchered off with his leg in a protective book, replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Ramsey cracked a shot wide and that was that for the first period.

There were no changes at the break and the Gunners began the second half with a bit more intensity. Monreal shot straight at Hart with his right foot, and Zabaleta picked up a yellow for taking down Welbeck as Arsenal looked to break.

There was some justice though as from the resulting free kick we won a corner. Xhaka took the set-piece, Monreal caught it first time on the volley and shinned it into the bottom corner. 1-0.

David Moyes made a couple of changes and they paid dividends with a West Ham equaliser a couple of moments later. Ospina had punched away a cross, a couple of shots got blocked, the Arsenal defence was stretched, it came to Arnautovic and he cracked a shot across the keeper and into the net. 1-1.

Aubameyang replaced Iwobi on 70 minutes, and the club’s record signing was again stationed out on the left hand side. Hart made a save with is his fingertips from Xhaka, and made an even better one to tip a goalbound Welbeck curler around the post as Arsenal sought a winner.

A second goal came in the 82 minute, with a touch of good fortune. Ramsey picked the ball up out on the right, he curled in a cross, for some reason West Ham defender Declan Rice left it for his keeper and the ball went straight in. 2-1.

It got even better two minutes later. Arsenal worked it from left to right, Welbeck involved, as was Aubameyang who played it outside him to Lacazette. The French striker took a touch, and his shot deflected with real pace beyond Hart. 3-1.

Welbeck was replaced by Calum Chambers in the 87th minute, and the win was made even more emphatic with a fourth goal in the 89th minute. Ramsey did brilliantly in the box, played it Lacazette who turned, made space and drilled a low shot into the net for his second. 4-1.

It was a much better second half than first, and a nice way to begin the final few games of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

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goongot
goongot

Wenger played welbeck into some form ❤
I love the look of buffed up Niles. ❤
WENGER I LOVE U ❤?

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

I have a feeling Arsenal fans will spend the coming seasons masturbating to Arsenal’s attack.

(Just don’t appoint Brendon Rodgers)

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

He masturbates over pictures of himself

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

He masturbates over shark porns

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

For the bridge to Metallica’s ‘Blackened’, substitute ‘masturbation’ for one of the meaningless ‘-tion’ nouns they repeat, and it turns a very dark song into a moment of levity. True story.

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

Not gonna lie, had a little tear in my eye when the crowd started singing “One Arsene Wenger”

Gooneron
Gooneron

Indeed there is only one Arsene Wenger

H2k
H2k

Laca gets a brace.
Ramsey with a goal and assist.
Welbeck hitting some form.
Finish the game on a high.
Ozil to come back for the game midweek.
Bring on Athletico.

Maniac
Maniac

A very nice confidence booster for the game on Thursday! Suck it Thuggo Arnautovic.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

The game changed on its heel after Iwobi left and we became more direct. He was utterly frustrating, Ozil and Mkhi cannot come back any sooner.

Meanwhile, both Ramsey and Xhaka were excellent today. Nice indeed for Laca to get a brace

COYG…do it for Monsieur Wenger!!

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

He was rather poor but he’s still only 21 years old and suffers from the same problem most youngsters have, Inconsistency. On top of that he’s not getting a run of games. So yes Ozil and Mkhi are much better options at the moment but if he can gain the consistency that age and experience usually brings then he’ll be a major player for us in the future.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

The game turned on its heel after Iwobi went off – he had a poor game. Ozil and Mkhi cannot come back any sooner…

Great confidence booster for Laca, excellent game for Ramsey and Xhaka who should have scored a fifth.

COYG…do it for Monsieur Wenger!!

Adrian
Adrian

Can anyone pls tell me wh still we have empty seats?

H2k
H2k

Sunday lunchtime kick offs are always quiet.
Plus London Marathon today makes it more difficult getting across London.

goongot
goongot

Because ppl were standing.

Jack
Jack

Honestly what a difference Auba for Iwobi made. The guy is different class

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

He’s not just a poacher

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

Think Maitland-Niles added a bit of attacking flavour as well, I love The Neny but sometimes we need someone a bit more direct.

afan
afan

did he touch the ball, ???

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I like AMN a lot and he was good, but he was slightly as fault for their goal. He trotted back too slowly leaving Bellerin in an awkward position with 2 players.

Albioff
Albioff

What’s exactly Iwobi good at? Maybe he is a decent passer, but he can’t score and has no clue what defending is. He looks just odd to me.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Iwobi is clearly talented but he’s still just 21 and needs direction. I reckon a more hands-on manager will be good for him.

afan
afan

lol, sounds a bit like ozil

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

Iwobi has been poor today as he has been all season other than a couple of good games . A 2 goal return in 35 appearances says it all really

Finlay307
Finlay307

Yeh, totally agree. Came on and everything he did was with attacking intent and confidence. Unreal turn of pace.

Hopefully the new coach will add some decent defenders and upgrade to Xhaka/Wilshere and we will have a good team

Steve
Steve

Would it be fair to assert that aubamayeng’s inclusion on the bench was not a tactical decision but instead an indication that Wenger didn’t desire his signing in the first place and now feels he doesn’t need to pander to the board with his decisions?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

In other news Stoke are going down

Gooneron
Gooneron

and hopefully they stay there. Such an awful vile club

grumpy
grumpy

Now that you’ve gone off topic and mentioned Stoke… its strange that the gap between PL and the Championship has strunk in recent years. Gone are the days when newly promoted teams went straight back down
Most newly promoted are holding up solidly in the Premier league

shokim
shokim

Goal rush in the last 10 minutes. Hoping Mo’s injury isn’t too serious. Bring on Athletico.

Jules
Jules

let’s end the season on a high and win the Europa league and give Wenger the positive farewell he deserves. great win!

gunnermite
gunnermite

Nacho reminds me of our Lego man; very good players and yet cant get into the Spanish national team. i feel for him. well their lost is our gain.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

Shout out to Montreal , superb technique for the goal!
Top 3 player of the season for sure

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Who is this Montreal people keep talking about?

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Montreal is a world class city. I’m a cheeseburger man myself, but if you get a chance to go to Montreal, eat a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s Deli. Tell them I sent you, and they’ll, well, they’ll probably give you a look.

Santi's Thigh Grab
Santi's Thigh Grab

I’m a Rueban’s man myself.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

He’s ok, but someone should tell those early modern painters that there’s more to art than portraits. I mean, Jesus, another family? Another self-portrait? Another ‘scholar’? Booooooring!

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

I really do hope Monreal joins MLS Montreal Impact some day just to confuse the hell out of everybody

Gudang Pelor
Gudang Pelor

Yes he will be there, as their manager. And will stay for two decades, and win them trophies.

Zyrth
Zyrth

A bit like when Arsene joined Arsenal?

leighdickson
leighdickson

I love a bit of nominative determinism in the evening

afan
afan

yes, our left back is one of our top goal scores, that says it all

Rhaatid
Rhaatid

Best player this season hands down (plays both sides of the game). Second best Ramsey.

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Marko Arnountovic proving how tough and strong he is yet again by barging someone in the back when their forward momentum is carrying them into the advertising hoardings. I would actually have no issue with one of our players two footing him out until 2020 (and I don’t say that lightly)

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Doesn’t have to be our player. Anyone would do.

forest gooner
forest gooner

yeah. indeed

themightybun
themightybun

He’d push an elderly lady out of the Easy Jet Speedy Boarding queue

Daniel
Daniel

We should have bought holding on just to give him another shove, noble is a pretty dirty player too

Assistantref
Assistantref

Good second half of both games. Good to see us win, just as good to see Burnley get a goal back and all but kick the orcs back to Mordor.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Niles did well when he came on..Welbeck continues his good form with Laca and Auba providing an impact when we needed it. Much improved from Xhaxa in recent weeks. Bellerin was awful..again
Fuck Arnauotovich pound shop Zlatan.

santori
santori

Bellerin was poor second half. Did some decent things first half.

BUT we can’t rely on him to provide width all the time. Still think we need a wide player with creative talent and pace to double our advantage on that flank, go for overload but also cover.

Up front, we aren’t incisive enough and take too few shots per possession kept.

It was only when Rambo/Rice conspired to sneak the cross in beneath Hart that we gained advantage as West Ham gave up the fight/lost the plot.

We need to be better against Athletico.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

I think we need someone wide left…Auba is an option but i would like to see a specialist.

Atom
Atom

We need to find a way to resign Ramsey as his end product is terrific and he has really improved his positional discipline the 2nd half of the year. For Madrid maybe Ramsey, Xhaka and AMN? The speed AMN brings really adds a different dimension to our midfield and allows Ramsey more freedom.

afan
afan

amn, is a liability, he is not first team player yet, and maybe never

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

He could slot 90% Premier league teams right away, never mind the future.

David C
David C

what game are you watching? AMN is slick in the midfield. He’s already a fantastic utility player (LB, RB, CM). These are the types of players needed in a winning team.

santori
santori

He plays better higher up the pitch.

Frankly Ozil, Ramsey and Mhkitaryan thrive in the same role.

But with Elneny now injured, we may need Ramsey deeper and disciplined next to Granit whom I thought was excellent today.

themightybun
themightybun

Arsene Wenger always reminds me of what a man can be, and what we can aspire to be. Calm in the face of adversity, hard in the face of absurdity. It’ll be hard to come close to him. x

ramgooner
ramgooner

Great Win but it’s sad that Wenger has to stick up for guys like Iwobi. If we had an owner who’s business model was based on ROI through trophies then we’d be seeing 4-1’s and 5-1’s week in week out.
Honestly, i don’t think a new manager can do better than Wenger with the current resources.
There is a misconception that we have spent money for Auba and Laca. All we’ve done is balance the books. Breaking the transfer record is not the same as investing in the squad.

Mooose
Mooose

So what do you reckon Arsenal should do instead?

ramgooner
ramgooner

Keep Wenger. Grow a pair. Sign big players and make money through success and consequently through better commercial income.

They can’t hide behind Wenger anymore. I’m pretty sure we’ll see Kroenkes selling their stake soon.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Do you think Iwobi would have been first choice if we hadn’t got an important European game soon and Ozil & Mkhi were available?
Iwobi is 21 and a very decent 3rd choice option…

Getso gunner
Getso gunner

Please score freely again on thursday without giving away any

santori
santori

Yes. This is the rehearsal.

I didn’t think we did everything correct and plenty of areas to clean up before the real deal.

3 Massive matches ahead. 2 legs against Athletico (which we have to play like it is the Final to our season and Wenger’s career with us) and of course we still have to win the finals.

Nothing has been achieved yet.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Granted it’s West Ham but I have to say AMN does NOT look out of place even a bit.

Adi
Adi

No one is gonna say it? Ill take the bullet then, Arsenal plays beter without Elneny. (Of course Iwobi too, not gonna state the obvious)

goongot
goongot

Arsenal maybe better off without you as well .

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Brilliant

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

There is only one Arsene Wenger

santori
santori

Infuriating yet erudite all in one same sentence.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Great play from the boys.

Bertieme
Bertieme

Arsene looked sad.

santori
santori

We made hard weather of it till that goal from Ramsey/Rice.

Struggled to put efforts on goal despite possession stats.

Its been emblematic of the season. overcomplication in the final third, a pass too many, lack of final application.

Once the Shross/Crot went in from Joe Harts inactivity, we eased into it with the Hammers seeping fight.

Felt Aubameyang could have been (yet again) introduced waaay earlier. Danny was hit and miss, did somethings well, conspired to trip over himself for others.

But a good win all the same in preperation (remind the players) for the real deal to come this Thursday.

If Laca can improve on this and get himself a hat-trick against Atheltico…it will be all worth the while.

Its got to be the final of finals for our season next 2 matches against Simeone’s lads.

Have to say feel sorry for Elneny. He was so looking forward to Russia. He won’t be sending any cheeky messages to Alexis again.

AMN was alright today but we seriously need a better player to come in to compete in midfield regardless.

On the flip side, Granit I thought had a great match. His deliveries today were by and large pin point and he got himself stuck in.

Midfield against Athletico likely Rambo-Granit. Hope we get Mhkitaryan back.

Onwards.

Onenil
Onenil

Joe Hart’s defenders really seem to hate him.
Man on the post? Leave it 1-0
Incoming cross? Leave it. 2-1
Deflection 3-1
Stopped trying 4-1

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

Shame welbeck didn’t score that curler. Though five minutes later I did my own curler and it looked like arnautovic.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Really pleased Lacazette has picked up form since coming back from injury. I think he’ll be very good indeed next season.
Despite this team’s weaknesses Wenger is leaving behind some really fantastic players.

If this team form carries on through to the end it would be worth questioning whether making the announcement earlier might have saved our top 4 chances.
I guess if we can win the Europa league then that is a better passage to Champions League than 4th place as there would be no play off game. It’s risky but it would be perfect if it ended that way.

afan
afan

oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, so much for the players giving the manager a good send of, it just goes to show that nothing changes at arsenal, as usual we were absolut shit again, the scoreline flattered us today, the new manager has a hell of a job to do when he comes in, its going to take a couple of seasons to sort this lot out, and when did the so called fans start singing, in the 90th minute, when we were four one up, how pathetic is that, and blogs, that was no way a strong team, I don’t know why you said that, it was a mid table team at best, the new manager cant come quick enough.

santori
santori

Don’t know why we were saving Aubameyang. He should have started in lieu of either Danny or Iwobi.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

No that was a bit of a strange one

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I’d guess he wants to give them game-time before the European game in case he uses/needs them.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Wenger had to do something Wenger.