Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Alexandre Lacazette gives Gunners victory

Arsenal boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four with a narrow win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 12 minutes from time, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee, lifted the Gunners up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth.

The France forward swept a close-range effort into the bottom-left corner from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header for his third goal in four games.

West Ham, who enjoyed the better of the scoring opportunities until that point, remain 16th, above the bottom three only on goal difference.

While David Moyes’ side had limited possession, they took the game to their hosts, who came out of the blocks sluggishly and struggled to inject any tempo to their play.

Jarrod Bowen’s early shot was tipped on to a post by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Michail Antonio failed to score from two clear chances either side of the interval.

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos earlier went close for Arsenal – he headed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross against the bar – before Lacazette popped up with the winner.

Victory meant Arsenal claimed a third consecutive league win at home for the first time since February 2019.

Improvement needed from sluggish Arsenal

Since his appointment on 20 December, Arsenal have lost only one league game under Mikel Arteta, who has appeared to inject more resilience, energy and a pattern of play into his side.

However, for large parts of this encounter the Spaniard’s imprint on his team was barely visible.

Instead, they served up a rudderless display – lacking in leadership, guile and pace – that led to the departure of manager boss Unai Emery in November.

While the outcome may have enhanced Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17, Arteta will know they will have to improve significantly to make up further ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Leading scorer Aubameyang, was a peripheral figure throughout. Although the Gabon forward showed glimpses of his talent, laying on chances for Sokratis and Nicolas Pepe from wide positions, he touched the ball only twice in the Hammers’ penalty area.

In midfield, Arsenal were slow and ponderous, while a defence that included on-loan Flamengo defender Pablo Mari for the first time in the top flight was repeatedly caught out by West Ham’s swift counter-attacking.

The one element that will please Arteta, is that his side found a way to grind out a victory when not at their best, with Leno excelling in goal and Ozil’s intelligence coming to the fore for Lacazette’s goal.

Arsenal extend unbeaten run – the stats

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches (W4 D4), the longest current run in the competition.
  • West Ham have lost their past six Premier League away games, their longest run on the road since a run of eight defeats between August and December 2006.
  • Arsenal have kept three clean sheets in their past four league games, as many as they had in their previous 23.
  • Since the start of last season, Arsenal have scored 16 league goals via substitutes, more than any other side in the competition. Alexandre Lacazette has scored four, more than any other player.
  • West Ham manager David Moyes has never won at Arsenal in 16 attempts (D4 L12), a Premier League record.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Arsenal 1, West Ham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, West Ham United 0.

Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

Jeremy Ngakia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Robert Snodgrass replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Foul by Pablo Marí (Arsenal).

Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Héctor Bellerín replaces Mesut Özil.

Offside, West Ham United. Michail Antonio tries a through ball, but Sébastien Haller is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Felipe Anderson replaces Pablo Fornals.

Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Reiss Nelson.

Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross.

Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Tomas Soucek replaces Mark Noble.

VAR Decision: Goal Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United (Mesut Özil).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, West Ham United 0. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.

Attempt saved. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Haller.

David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Pablo Marí.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Reiss Nelson replaces Nicolas Pépé.

Attempt missed. Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Arsenal.

Attempt blocked. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a cross.

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