Posted: 12 January 2019
West Ham United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday.
West Ham gave a league debut to new signing Samir Nasri against a side that introduced him to English football, while alterations for the visitors included a front-three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi, with Aaron Ramsey on the bench.
The Hammers were looking to turn the tables on a side, who have had the upper hand in this fixture in recent seasons.
Lacazette created an opening after 12 minutes as he drifted wide to the side of the penalty area to get Lukasz Fabianski to push his effort into touch moments later.
A good chance fell to the home side with 30 minuets played as Nasri played a well-weighted dink to the feet of Felipe Anderson, whose final effort just missed the left-hand corner.
As halftime beckoned, Matteo Guendouzi drifted near the inside of the box after running from midfield to get a shot from range away that trickled the top side of the outside net.
Two minutes to the break, a header from Declan Rice sailed across the face of goal, missing the bottom corner by a whisker, however the 19-year-old capitalised on good work from Felipe Anderson to place the ball past Bernd Leno moments later
Unai Emery made a double change in the 59th minute, with Ramsey and Lucas Torreira introduced as their control on the match slipped from their grasp.
The Gunners managed to find a few openings, with Iwobi going closest with a shot that narrowly sailed across the face of goal inside the final quarter.
With time running out, Aubameyang was the guilty party of a big miss metres from goal following a nicely laid through ball by Guendouzi.
Emery’s side searched and pressed on all fronts for a way back, but the home side kept all their threats at bay for a famous win.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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