Arsenal
Arsenal

Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva 48'

Emile Smith Rowe 87'

2
-
0
West Ham United
West Ham United
0
15
30
45
60
75
90
ARS
V
WES
Goal (48')
Scorer: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
Yellow (58')
Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
Substitution (66')
Sub-on: Martin Ødegaard
Sub-off: Emile Smith Rowe
Yellow (72')
Aaron Ramsdale
Substitution (82')
Sub-on: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
Sub-off: Eddie Nketiah
Goal (87')
Scorer: Emile Smith Rowe
Substitution (88')
Sub-on: Alexandre Lacazette
Sub-off: Nuno Albertino Varela Tavares
Substitution (89')
Sub-on: Alexandre Lacazette
Sub-off: Nuno Albertino Varela Tavares
Yellow (11')
Vladimir Coufal
Red (66')
Vladimir Coufal
Red (67')
Vladimir Coufal
Substitution (76')
Sub-on: Manuel Lanzini
Sub-off: Saïd Benrahma
Substitution (84')
Sub-on: Pablo Fornals
Sub-off: Harrison Ashby
Possession
56.2 %
43.8 %
Shots (On Target)
8
1
Shots (Off Target)
13
6
Corners
5
2
Crosses
16
17
Clearances
19
21
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
1
West Ham United
Arsenal
Possession
43.8%
56.2%
Shots (On Target)
1
8
Shots (Off Target)
6
13
Corners
2
5
Crosses
17
16
Clearances
21
19
Yellow Cards
0
2
Red Cards
1
0
West Ham United
Arsenal
Arsenal
4-4-1-1
32
6
18
4
3
5
7
34
35
8
9
15
25
30
19
16
10
33
20
23
Man. Mikel Arteta
32 Aaron Ramsdale
6 Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães
18 Takehiro Tomiyasu
4 Benjamin White
3 Kieran Tierney
5 Thomas Partey
7 Bukayo Saka
34 Granit Xhaka
35 Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
8 Martin Ødegaard
9 Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutions
15 Ainsley Maitland-Niles
25 Mohamed Naser El Sayed Elneny
30 Eddie Nketiah
19 Nicolas Pépé
16 Rob Holding
10 Emile Smith Rowe
33 Arthur Okonkwo
20 Nuno Albertino Varela Tavares
23 Albert Sambi Lokonga
Possession %
56
44
Duels Won
59
54
Aerial Duels Won
18
20
Interceptions
5
11
Offsides
0
0
Corners
5
2
West Ham United
4-2-3-1
1
15
26
23
5
10
8
41
20
28
9
11
42
33
50
16
40
13
13
7
7
22
22
David Moyes Man.
Lukasz Fabianski 1
Craig Dawson 15
Arthur Masuaku 26
Issa Diop 23
Vladimir Coufal 5
Manuel Lanzini 10
Pablo Fornals 8
Declan Rice 41
Jarrod Bowen 20
Tomas Soucek 28
Michail Antonio 9
Substitutions
Nikola Vlasic 11
Ajibola Alese 42
Alex Král 33
Harrison Ashby 50
Mark Noble 16
Armstrong Oko-Flex 40
Alphonse Areola 13
Alphonse Areola 13
Andriy Yarmolenko 7
Andriy Yarmolenko 7
Saïd Benrahma 22
Saïd Benrahma 22
Player Comparison

Manuel Lanzini


Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United
Premier League

West Ham United were leapfrogged by Arsenal in the Premier League table following a 2-0 defeat at the home of their North London rivals.

Clinical finishes at the start and end of a fiercely-contested second half ultimately proved the Hammers' undoing in a match they finished with ten men, following a contentious second yellow card for Vladimír Coufal midway through the period.

Gabriel Martinelli had raced clear to roll the ball past Lukasz Fabianski two minutes after half-time, the Pole later superbly saving Alexandre Lacazette's penalty kick having earlier turned Kieran Tierney's volley onto the crossbar.

The dismissal made West Ham's task all the more difficult in the closing stages as they sought a route back into the match, and Emile Smith Rowe eventually netted the home side's second goal on the counter attack late on, condemning the Hammers to defeat in David Moyes' 600th Premier League game as a manager.

The Hammers began Wednesday’s game two points ahead of their hosts, and the proximity between the two sides was reflected in a competitive opening to a game contested by two committed sides.

Indeed, it was West Ham who enjoyed the first sight of goal when Manuel Lanzini won a free-kick which – after some initial confusion – culminated in Declan Rice’s low cross being played back for Craig Dawson to strike. The No15 duly produced a centre-back’s finish from 25 yards, slicing across the ball and skewing his effort wide.

Often dropping back, Rice made three good clearances from Arsenal set-pieces in the opening 20 minutes, before his own side threatened from one. The presence of Michail Antonio – on his 200th West Ham appearance – caused Aaron Ramsdale to flap at the ball from a Jarrod Bowen corner, but no Hammer could get on the end of the loose ball.

Despite David Moyes’ men getting off to a decent start, however, it was the home side who began to dominate the possession – and shot count – as a stop-start first half wore on.

West Ham remained compact in the face of waves of Arsenal pressure, owing much to centre-back Dawson for a series of well-timed challenges – the first coming when Ødegaard teed up Lacazette for a strike inside the visitors’ box.

And it was a persistence which almost paid off for the Hammers - who had struggled for fluency prior - in providing their best spell of the half.

Bowen drilled a free-kick into the box which was headed out by Ben White, but only as far as Pablo Fornals on the corner of the box. The Spaniard killed it instantly, set himself well and whipped a shot narrowly wide of Ramsdale’s far upright, with the England goalkeeper scrambling.

Moments later, Arthur Masuaku, in a similar manner to his recent winning goal against Chelsea, struck across a Lanzini lay-off, seeing his effort fly just over Ramsdale’s crossbar.

But it was Dawson who was impressing the most in a West Ham shirt, diving in front of Ødegaard’s first-time effort after Bukayo Saka had made inroads down the right flank.

When the ball was subsequently cleared as far as Tierney on the edge of the box, the Hammers were indebted to a superb save from ex-Gunner Fabianski, who flew across his goal to turn a dipping half-volley onto the bar.

Just a minute before the whistle, Dawson was in the right place at the right time once more, sliding in to prevent Martinelli from tapping into an empty net after Fabianski had parried Lacazette’s curling low strike.

It was a level of continuous pressure which West Ham's back five simply could not sustain – and Arsenal took full advantage at the restart.

Lacazette dropped into midfield and, espying a small gap between Dawson and Coufal, slipped in strike partner Martinelli, who rolled the ball across Fabianski and into the bottom corner.

Only a fine sliding block from Dawson then prevented Xhaka a clean strike at goal from the edge of the box, but the Irons remained in contention, and when Ødegaard played a sloppy square ball across his own area, Bowen seized on it and curled towards the far post – a deflection up off the trailing leg of Gabriel forcing a fine stop from Ramsdale.

Ødegaard was the next Arsenal player to test Fabianski with a low free-kick – admittedly on the goalkeeper’s side – before Dawson once again put his body on the line to take Partey’s half-volley on the chest.

The Hammers enjoyed a brief resurgence midway through the second half, Bowen shooting wide at the near post from Antonio’s low cross, but that fire looked set to be extinguished at the culmination of Arsenal’s next move.

When Diop’s header fell short for Dawson, Lacazette was first to the loose ball and Coufal, sliding in to cover his teammate, was penalised for catching the Frenchman on the follow-through. 

After a brief pause, referee Anthony Taylor awarded Arsenal a penalty and showed Coufal a contentious second yellow card, the right-back pleading his case for having successfully won the ball – but nevertheless given his marching orders.

And so the chance arrived for Lacazette to net in a fourth consecutive appearance against the Hammers – but Fabianski, stretching every inch to his left, produced an outstanding penalty stop to keep his side within touching distance.

The Irons were clinging on to their opponents’ coattails, with Diop the next defender to make a crucial intervention and deflect Saka’s close-range finish round the post after Martinelli had squared.

There was still time for 20-year-old Harrison Ashby – awarded his full debut in the UEFA Europa League the previous week – to make his Premier League debut for West Ham United as a late substitute for Fornals.

But the points were sealed late on when, with the Hammers pushing numbers forwards, Arsenal countered at pace and Smith Rowe smashed a low finish between the legs of Diop and into Fabianski's bottom corner.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Ødegaard (Smith Rowe 66), Martinelli (Nketiah 82), Lacazette ©
Subs: Okonkwa (GK), Holding, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny, Pepé

Goals: Martinelli 48, Smith Rowe 87

Booked: Martinelli, Ramsdale

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Rice ©, Souček, Bowen, Lanzini (Benrahma 76), Fornals (Ashby 84), Antonio
Subs: Areola (GK), Alese, Noble, Král, Vlašić, Okoflex, Yarmolenko

Booked: Coufal

Sent-off: Coufal

Referee: Anthony Taylor