With new managers, Arsenal and Westham needed a result on Saturday to kick start the season. After failing to pick up a point in any of the first two games, the third was going to be very important. Nobody wants to lose three consecutive matches.
Unai Emery may have been forgiven for losing his first two games to defending champions Manchester City and Chelsea but losing to Westham or sharing the points wouldn’t have gone well for the Spanaird.
We can join the train of transition but we have to get results before we find ourselves transiting to the Championship. We got the result yesterday but it was not the best of display.
Three former Gunners returned to the Emirates. Fabianski was in goal for the Hammers and pulled out a lot saves from the Gunners. Jack Wilshere played all 90 minutes but made little impact. Lukas Perez came on as a sub but missed an opportunity to draw the visitors level.
I predicted a 3-1 win but the match could have been a 3-3 draw or 3-1 defeat if the Hammers had taken their chances. The introduction of Chicharito and Perez added aome vibes to their attack but it came to nought.
Ozil was the only change from the 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge. He was omitted due to illness. Aubameyang continued upfront but failed to open his season’s account. Lacazette came in at half time but couldn’t get on the scoresheet. He forced an own goal though.
It was a poor game from both teams – Arsenal easily carved open at the back. How Westham got the opener is still a mystery. The ball wobbled past Cech after it found its way through 5 Arsenal players. The Gunners are yet to score an opening goal this season.
Monreal’s equalizer came within 6 minutes. The equalizer came in the second half after Lacazette’s pass/shot was deflected in by Diop. Perez had the chance to level for the Hammers but it Welbeck that put the nail on the coffin.
We will take the three points but Arsenal must improve.