Arsenal takes top 4 spot in battle with West Ham United
The match between Arsenal and West Ham United was an interesting in the race for Champions League qualification. Arsenal was two points behind West Ham United on the table. The Hammers started this match in fourth place, Arsenal wants to be in the top four at the end of this season. In this article we talk about this exciting battle.
Goalless first half
Arsenal showed they started this match with the right intentions. They wanted to take the fourth spot of West Ham and they went for it. West Ham United lacked a bit of calmness when in possession. Nevertheless, they managed to get back in the dressing room at half-time with a clean sheet. The perfect moment for David Moyes to tweak his team to get anything out of this match.
Youngsters do the job for Arsenal
Whatever David Moyes said at half-time. It was all irrelevant only a few minutes into the second half. Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli got with the ball to the edge of the penalty box and placed it perfectly around Fabianski. The 1-0 lead was well-deserved for Arsenal. A dodgy call by the referee led to a penalty for Arsenal and a second yellow for Coufal. Alexandre Lacazette missed the penalty, so the 1-0 lead remained on the board. Which is always a tricky score. Towards the end of the match, Emil Smith-Rowe ended all uncertainty for Arsenal by doubling the lead. Arsenal won this match with 2-0, which brought them on the fourth spot on the table. Even though therre are some teams belows with spare matches, the feeling is very positive at the Emirates Stadium at the moment. Can they keep it up during the festive period?