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Arsenal 3-1 West Ham

Premier League    2018-19Match review
Emirates Stadium   59,830
1Lukasz Fabianski    
24Ryan Fredericks   
4Fabien Balbuena    
23Issa Diop   
26Arthur Masuaku    
11Robert Snodgrass    
15Carlos Sanchez    
19Jack Wilshere   
30Michail Antonio    
8Felipe Anderson    
7Marko Arnautovic 1  
17Javier HernandezSubed #7   
27Lucas PerezSubed #30   
20Andriy YarmolenkoSubed #11   
 PosTable as at 25 Aug 2018PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2Manchester City310061110317
3AFC Bournemouth311042100217
6Tottenham Hotspur210031100216
7Leicester City310020101336
9Manchester United210021001233
10Crystal Palace200102100203
12Brighton and Hove Albion310032002033
13Wolverhampton Wanderers302033001022
14Cardiff City301000011022
15Newcastle United200112010001
18Huddersfield Town301103001161
20West Ham United300112002170
match review copied from www.theguardian.com

Late Danny Welbeck effort adds gloss to Arsenal scramble past West Ham
Ed Aarons at the Emirates Stadium
Date Published Sat 25 Aug 2018 17.12 BST

Unai Emery breathed a huge sigh of relief while Manuel Pellegrini could barely believe his bad luck. After three matches Arsenal’s post-Arsène Wenger era is finally up and running thanks to a comical own goal from Issa Diop 20 minutes from time after West Ham – inspired by the excellent Felipe Anderson – missed a series of chances that left their new manager shaking his head at the final whistle.

Arsenal were missing Mesut Özil through illness yet again and this comeback after Marko Arnautovic had given the visitors the lead was the perfect fillip for Emery following a difficult first few weeks in charge. However, given how they struggled at times to contain their opponents on the break even after Nacho Monreal’s equaliser, this Arsenal side remain very much a work in progress.

Özil’s absence allowed Aaron Ramsey to return after being left out for the defeat against Chelsea last Saturday, amid continuing doubts whether the Wales midfielder will sign a new contract at the Emirates. That cloud hung over Jack Wilshere for the majority of his final season in north London and his decision to join West Ham was based on the belief he would be a regular starter. Three successive appearances would seem to have borne that out and so far he has worked tirelessly – albeit in a third successive lost cause.

“I’m very unhappy with the result but very pleased with the performance,” said Pellegrini. “We played the correct way and I’m sure this team will win more matches than we lose.”

Wilshere was one of seven summer arrivals in a team that featured four changes for the second successive week after opening defeats by Liverpool and Bournemouth. The addition of Carlos Sánchez – who took only 150 seconds to register his first foul – alongside Wilshere added much-needed steel in the middle, although Wilshere was given a rude awakening in an early clash with Arsenal’s latest teenage midfielder, Mattéo Guendouzi.

A flowing move in the 11th minute almost ended with the hosts taking the lead but Ramsey’s header was correctly ruled offside after Lukasz Fabianski saved brilliantly from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drive following good work from Héctor Bellerín.

But with Anderson thriving in his free role West Ham looked dangerous on the break and almost went ahead straight afterwards, only for Arnautovic to hit the side netting from Robert Snodgrass’s pass. The Austrian made no mistake with his second attempt 13 minutes later after being set up by Anderson, drilling the ball home from the edge of the penalty area with a first-time shot.

Arsenal responded well and were level within five minutes. The influential Mkhitaryan played in Bellerín and his cross was palmed by Fabianksi straight into the path of Monreal, who tapped home.

Yet if a failing of Arsenal under Wenger was their defensive naivety, then the last 15 minutes of the first half showed Emery still has plenty to do. Michail Antonio fluffed his lines following an excellent through-ball from Anderson while Snodgrass was denied by Petr Cech on the stroke of half-time when it seemed easier to score.

The introduction of Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi after the break at least showed Emery knew things had to change, and efforts from Shkodran Mustafi and the substitute inside the first 10 minutes forced saves from Fabianksi.

West Ham still threatened, though. Arnautovic, who limped off moments later, passed up a golden opportunity to score his second after another superb ball from Anderson but failed to muster the requisite power behind his shot.

Pellegrini then threw on Javier Hernández and, in Lucas Pérez, another Arsenal old boy and it came close to paying off immediately when the Mexican curled an effort just wide after being afforded acres of space by the Arsenal defence.

Cech almost handed West Ham the lead when he spilled Anderson’s shot from the edge of the area and looked relieved to see the ball fall to an Arsenal player to clear.

It was another defensive error that was to prove decisive. Diop – a France international signed for a club-record £22m from Toulouse in the summer – inexplicably booted the ball high and not very far, and ended up turning the ball past his own goalkeeper after good work from Lacazette.

“We are happy with the first three points – we needed a win but it is clear we need to improve,” said Emery. “We conceded too many chances and West Ham showed they are a good team. We need some balance between defence and attack but we improved in the second half after the substitution.”

Another replacement, Danny Welbeck, rounded things off in injury time with a simple finish after more good work from Bellerín to give the scoreline an extra sheen. It was not pretty. But then one has to start somewhere.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Guendouzi (Torreira 56), Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi (Lacazette 45), Aubameyang (Welbeck 75)
Subs not used: Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Leno.
Goals: Monreal 29, Diop og 70, Welbeck 90+2
Bookings: Papastathopoulos
Manager: Unai Emery
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Wilshere, Anderson, Snodgrass (Yarmolenko 75), Antonio (Perez 63), Arnautovic (Hernandez 59)
Subs not used: Zabaleta, Adrian, Rice, Obiang.
Goals: Arnautovic
Bookings: Diop, Fredericks
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Referee: Graham Scott
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