Arsenal
Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette 25'

Eddie Nketiah 85'

2
-
1
West Ham United
West Ham United

45' Michail Antonio

0
15
30
45
60
75
90
ARS
V
WES
Goal (25')
Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette
Substitution (64')
Sub-on: Willian Borges Da Silva
Sub-off: Nicolas Pépé
Substitution (77')
Sub-on: Alexandre Lacazette
Sub-off: Eddie Nketiah
Goal (85')
Scorer: Eddie Nketiah
Goal (86')
Scorer: Eddie Nketiah
Substitution (89')
Sub-on: Bukayo Saka
Sub-off: David Luiz Moreira Marinho
Yellow (40')
Ryan Fredericks
Goal (45')
Scorer: Michail Antonio
Assist: Ryan Fredericks
Substitution (83')
Sub-on: Jarrod Bowen
Sub-off: Andriy Yarmolenko
Substitution (88')
Sub-on: Pablo Fornals
Sub-off: Sébastien Haller
Substitution (90')
Sub-on: Arthur Masuaku
Sub-off: Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes
Possession
62.6 %
37.4 %
Shots (On Target)
3
3
Shots (Off Target)
4
11
Corners
7
5
Crosses
17
27
Clearances
17
27
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0
West Ham United
Arsenal
Possession
37.4%
62.6%
Shots (On Target)
3
3
Shots (Off Target)
11
4
Corners
5
7
Crosses
27
17
Clearances
27
17
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
0
West Ham United
Arsenal
Arsenal
3-4-3
1
6
3
16
8
34
2
7
12
9
14
31
33
25
19
30
23
15
28
Man. Mikel Arteta
1 Bernd Leno
6 Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães
3 Kieran Tierney
16 Rob Holding
8 Dani Ceballos
34 Granit Xhaka
2 Héctor Bellerín
7 Bukayo Saka
12 Willian Borges Da Silva
9 Alexandre Lacazette
14 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
31 Sead Kolasinac
Substitutions
33 Matt Macey
25 Mohamed Naser El Sayed Elneny
19 Nicolas Pépé
30 Eddie Nketiah
23 David Luiz Moreira Marinho
15 Ainsley Maitland-Niles
28 Joseph Willock
Possession %
63
37
Duels Won
44
40
Aerial Duels Won
17
16
Interceptions
11
10
Offsides
5
2
Corners
7
5
West Ham United
5-4-1
1
24
23
3
21
41
26
20
28
18
30
35
7
4
22
31
8
10
David Moyes Man.
Lukasz Fabianski 1
Ryan Fredericks 24
Issa Diop 23
Aaron Cresswell 3
Angelo Ogbonna 21
Declan Rice 41
Arthur Masuaku 26
Jarrod Bowen 20
Tomas Soucek 28
Pablo Fornals 18
Michail Antonio 30
Substitutions
Darren Randolph 35
Andriy Yarmolenko 7
Fabián Balbuena 4
Sébastien Haller 22
Ben Johnson 31
Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes 8
Manuel Lanzini 10
Player Comparison
West Ham players show disappointment at Arsenal

 

West Ham United suffered another agonising Premier League loss at Arsenal on Saturday evening, going down to a hugely frustrating 2-1 defeat.

Despite creating more than twice as many goal attempts as the Gunners, the Irons were left to rue an inability to turn dangerous positions and chances into goals and, just as they did before the COVID-19 lockdown in March, departed north London with nothing.

Arsenal had just two shots on target and scored from both of them – Alexandre Lacazette scoring with their first meaningful attempt and substitute Eddie Nketiah winning it with five minutes to play – while West Ham repeatedly tested Bernd Leno and his defenders, but had just Michail Antonio’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time to show for it.

There could and probably should have been a different outcome.

Eager to put the disappointment of their opening-day defeat by Newcastle United behind them, the Hammers made a bright start under the Emirates Stadium floodlights.

The visitors could have been ahead inside five minutes, but Angelo Ogbonna stooped to nod straight at Leno from six yard out, when arguably a volley would have served the Italian better.

With Arsenal struggling to find any sort of rhythm, the Irons continued to work their way into dangerous positions.

After Declan Rice had seen a free-kick deflected wide and Antonio’s cross-shot had been saved by Leno low to the goalkeeper’s left, Bowen went down under a challenge from Arsenal’s summer signing Gabriel inside the penalty area, but neither Michael Oliver nor VAR official Chris Kavanagh deemed it a foul.

Having created nothing in the opening 25 minutes, Arsenal then scored with their first chance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat the offside trap and crossed for the unmarked Lacazette, who headed into the roof of the net from eight yards.

After taking the lead, the home side enjoyed a brief period in the ascendancy but, after Bukayo Saka had curled a shot over, West Ham went back on the offensive and had another penalty appeal turned down after Gabriel appeared to handle Tomas Soucek’s header.

Moyes’ men final got the goal their play warranted in the final minute of the first half, and a superb team goal it was, too.

Pablo Fornals collected a high ball on the left and found Arthur Masuaku. The DR Congo man touched it left for Soucek, who did likewise for Bowen. The No20 released the overlapping Ryan Fredericks, whose low cross was swept in by Antonio. The goal took the No30 joint-fourth on West Ham's all-time Premier League goalscorers' list with Trevor Sinclair, and also saw him become the first Hammer since Frederic Kanoute nearly 20 years ago to score in four straight Premier League away games.

 

Michail Antonio scores at Arsenal

 

Back on level terms, West Ham were arguably even better after the break, but just could not find the winning goal their enterprising football could easily have led to.

Masuaku fired a long-range shot over before the same player delivered an outstanding cross from deep on the left. Gabriel dived in front of Antonio and the ball rather hit the West Ham forward, allowing Leno to sprawl to his left and stop it crossing the line.

With confidence growing, the chances continued to flow, with Bowen and Antonio both seeing shots blocked by former Lille man Gabriel.

Antonio then went even closer, heading Masuaku’s hanging cross against the crossbar. Leno then dropped the high ball, Antonio saw his shot blocked again and Leno got in the way of Bowen’s follow-up.

Now into double figures for goal attempts, the Hammers kept pushing, with Bowen seeing two more shots blocked before Soucek’s ambitious 30-yarder bounced wide. 

And, just as happened in the first half, West Ham were made to pay for their inability to turn chances into goals.

Just five minutes were left on the clock when Dani Ceballos got away from substitute Andriy Yarmolenko and squared for Arsenal replacement Nketiah to tap into the empty net.

Moyes sent on Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson in search of a late leveller, but to no avail.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Saka (David Luiz 89), Xhaka, Ceballos, Willian (Pepe 64), Lacazette (Nketiah 77), Aubameyang
Subs not used: Macey (GK), Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Willock

Goals: Lacazette 25, Nketiah 85

West Ham United: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku (Felipe Anderson 90), Soucek, Rice ©, Bowen (Yarmolenko 83), Fornals (Haller 88), Antonio
Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Johnson, Balbuena, Lanzini

Booked: Fredericks

Goal: Antonio 45

Referee: Michael Oliver