Arsenal 2-1 West Ham: Edward Nketiah scores in 2-1 EPL win for the Gunners

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham: Edward Nketiah scores in 2-1 EPL win for the Gunners

- Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the season with a win against West Ham

- Lacazette struck in the first half before West Ham drew level at the stroke of half time

- Substitute Nketiah scored the winner in the 85th minute to ensure Arsenal won two from two

Arsenal had to dig deep to emerge with a victory against West Ham United at the Emirates for the Gunners’ second successive league win.

Substitute Eddie Nketiah’s late goal was enough to ensure a 100% start to Mikel Arteta’s campaign just as the game was meandering towards a draw in a tough London derby.

Arsenal 2-1 Westham: Gunners dig deep for second successive league win in tough London derby
Lacazette powered in a header for his 50th goal of the season. Photo: Getty Images.
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West Ham, for all their hard work, will only have themselves to blame as David Moyes’ side had numerous glorious opportunities but could not convert.

In-form Arsenal took the lead in the 25th minute after a fairly slow start to the game courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette, who netted his 50th goal for the club with a powerful header after Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s cross.

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There was a slight hint of offside but after the review from the Video Assisted Referee, the goal eventually stood.

West Ham looked dangerous going forward particularly with the physical presence of Mikail Antonio, who has re-established himself at the first team in recent months.

It was Antonio who came up with the equalizer at the stroke of half time after a swift counter attack saw the powerful forward sweep in a low cross from Ryan Marlowe Fredericks.

Arsenal, for all their intensity in the opening game against Fulham, were not necessarily in their best form on the day, and West Ham had several opportunities to hit the front with the game stuck on a stalemate.

Antonio came closest in the second half as his header struck the bar midway through the second half.

Summer signing Willian, was fairly quiet on the day and Arteta eventually brought him off to be replaced by Nicholas Pepe.

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Another substitution that seemed to spark the Gunners to life was the introduction of Eddie Nketiah who eventually proved to be the difference in the 85th minute.

The 21-year old benefited from some nice build up play from his team mates to tap-in the winner in the 85th minute after the ball was squared to him by Dani Ceballos.

Credit must be given to another fellow youngster Bukayo Saka, who was heavily involved in both of Arsenal’s goals.

Arsenal bosss Mikel Arteta was the first to admit that his side might have narrowly escaped with three points on the day.

“I’m really happy with the three points but it’s a game to analyse a lot because we had a lot of issues. We have to improve in many things,” he said after the game.

Earlier, had reported how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed a new deal that will see him extend his contract at the Emirates for the next three years.

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