Arsenal FC defeats West Ham 2-1 – READ INSIDE STORY + LINE-UPS

(Photo credit:  All Football
Photo credit: All Football

Arsenal FC triumphed in their second outing with 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised his side’s mental strength after Eddie Nketiah’s late winner maintained their 100% start to the season against West Ham, BBC Sports reported.

The result condemned the Hammers to a second successive defeat – the third time in the past four seasons they have lost their first two matches.

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“What I like is the approach the boys had in the last 25 minutes where I could see they were a bit down and then they lift it,” Arteta said.

“Probably a few months ago we would have drawn or lost that game and today we win it. In the end you have to find a way because there will be games like this through the season.”

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The Gunners largely controlled the opening stages of the contest and deservedly went ahead when Alexandre Lacazette headed in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chipped cross.

However, the Hammers, who always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, levelled just before the interval when Michail Antonio bundled in Ryan Fredericks’ cross at the end of a sweeping move.

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While Arsenal continued to enjoy more of the ball after the break, David Moyes’ side created the better openings in front of goal with Antonio heading against the bar and seeing a scuffed close-range effort saved by Bernd Leno.

But, Nketiah’s late tap-in from a Dani Ceballos pass ensured Arsenal continued their fine home record against the Hammers, having won 11 of the last 12 meetings at Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal XI: Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Leno, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Holding, Gabriel, Saka

Subs: Luiz, M.Elneny, Macey, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Nketiah

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Antonio, Masuaku, Fredericks, Soucek, Diop, Bowen, Rice, Fornals

Subs: Randolph, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller, Balbuena, Ben Johnson

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 Courtesy BBC Sports


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