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West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

Premier League    2019-20Match review
London Stadium   59,936
25David Martin    
24Ryan Fredericks    
4Fabien Balbuena    
21Angelo Ogbonna 1  
3Aaron Cresswell   
11Robert Snodgrass   
16Mark Noble    
41Declan Rice    
18Pablo Fornals    
8Felipe Anderson    
30Michail Antonio    
26Arthur MasuakuSubed #3   
22Sebastien HallerSubed #8   
37Nathan HollandSubed #11   
 PosTable as at 09 Dec 2019PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2Leicester City1671018451221638
3Manchester City16512228512221132
5Manchester United16431158233101124
6Wolverhampton Wanderers16341121025111924
7Tottenham Hotspur16521197134111623
8Sheffield United163149926010722
10Crystal Palace163236732381122
11Newcastle United163419730581622
12Brighton and Hove Albion16332121021581419
15AFC Bournemouth1623391221591216
16West Ham United16215111723371116
17Aston Villa163231111116121715
19Norwich City16215132011641411
match review copied from www.theguardian.com

Martinelli and Pépé spark Arsenal comeback victory against West Ham
Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium
Date Published Mon 9 Dec 2019 22.04 GMT

If that sensational nine-minute flurry is indicative of what a Freddie Ljungberg side is supposed to represent, perhaps Arsenal will not have to look elsewhere for Unai Emery’s replacement. After an hour of ineptitude the gloom lifted and a night that had threatened to push this wounded club deeper into turmoil ended with Ljungberg on the pitch, hugging his victorious players and celebrating in front of a jubilant and rather surprised away end.

Nobody had seen the turnaround coming at half-time, with West Ham in charge, in the lead and delighted to hear Arsenal booed off by the travelling support. Yet the home sections would empty out long before the end. Arsenal had belatedly discovered their swagger and, when it was done, Ljungberg, his wait for a win over at the third time of asking, clenched a fist and reflected on his bold calls paying off.

The interim coach shared a joyous embrace with Calum Chambers, selected instead of David Luiz in central defence, and the Swede would later reserve praise for Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pépé after their goals illuminated an exceptional finale. It was Martinelli who sparked the comeback, levelling the contest with a cool finish on the hour, and the 18-year-old striker’s first goal at this level was the cue for Pépé to show why he cost Ł72m, conjuring a goal of the highest quality and an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to round off a first win in 10 games for the north Londoners.

Admittedly this is one small step in the right direction, as Ljungberg acknowledged, and Arsenal will not face opponents as generous as West Ham every week. Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling side, a point above the bottom three, were atrocious after the break. They lost their shape and discipline after Martinelli’s goal and their seventh defeat in nine games leaves Pellegrini under huge pressure before this weekend’s trip to Southampton.

He admitted his side shipped easy goals while he cannot have been happy with Felipe Anderson’s inexplicable refusal to run at Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was drafted in at right-back after Héctor Bellerín suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up. It was another ineffective game from the Brazilian winger, who was removed with 20 minutes left, and West Ham were also unable to take advantage after Arsenal, who are up to ninth, lost Kieran Tierney to a shoulder injury in the first half.

Ljungberg was rewarded for his bravery. He made big calls, dropping Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz, and Arsenal’s starting 11 had the look of a power play from the Swede, a message to his players that he would not tolerate a repeat of last Thursday’s abysmal defeat by Brighton.

Arsenal were vulnerable at the start and West Ham needed only to be competent to seize the initiative. They were dangerous whenever Michail Antonio, who tested Bernd Leno with a low drive at the end of a powerful run, was bullying the Arsenal back four with his power and it did not come as a shock when they went in front after 38 minutes. Arsenal failed to clear a set piece properly, Pablo Fornals dinked in a cross from the right and Angelo Ogbonna, more assertive than anyone in a yellow shirt, arrived unchallenged to head past Leno with the aid of a deflection off the unfortunate Maitland-Niles.

Arsenal could not complain, even though VAR checked to see if Ogbonna had handled. The visitors had offered next to nothing in attack, aside from the moment when Aubameyang darted down the left and crossed for Mesut Özil to head over from six yards, and Granit Xhaka was having a difficult night in midfield.

Ljungberg’s side were booed off by their supporters at half-time but West Ham could not push on. In the 60th minute Arsenal broke down the left and Sead Kolasinac, Tierney’s replacement, found too much room to slip a low cross into the middle. Declan Rice had fallen asleep and Martinelli, starting for the first time in the league, sidefooted beyond David Martin.

West Ham, who have conceded three times in each of their last three home matches, unravelled and Pépé’s threat increased once the injured Aaron Cresswell made way for the suspect Arthur Masuaku at left-back. After 66 minutes the Ivorian took a pass from Aubameyang, cut inside and bent a wonderful shot into the far corner with his left foot.

Arsenal were unrecognisable. Özil came alive, drifting into dangerous positions and finding Aubameyang in space. The forward shuffled the ball on to Pépé, who waited a moment before crossing. Played onside by Ryan Fredericks, Aubameyang swivelled and beat Martin. By the end it was West Ham who looked in need of a managerial change. The spotlight had moved away from Ljungberg. And Pellegrini, embarrassed by a rookie coach, was feeling increasingly uncomfortable.

WEST HAM: Martin 5.5, Fredericks 6, Balbuena 5.5, Ogbonna 6.5, Cresswell 6.5 (Masuaku 51 - 5), Snodgrass 6.5 (Holland 78), Noble 7, Rice 6.5, Fornals 6.5, Felipe Anderson 5.5 (Haller 70 - 5), Antonio 6.5
Subs not used: Zabaleta, Jiménez, Sánchez, Diop
Booked: Snodgrass, Cresswell
Goals: Ogbonna (38)
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini - 5.5
ARSENAL: Leno 6.5, Maitland-Niles 6, Chambers 6, Sokratis 6, Tierney 5 (Kolasinac 29 - 6.5), Xhaka 5.5 (Guendouzi 86), Torreira 7, Pépé 7.5 (Nelson 88), Özil 6, Martinelli 7, Aubameyang 7
Subs not used: Lacazette, David Luiz,, Martínez, Saka
Booked: None
Goals: Martinelli (60), Pepe (66), Aubameyang (69)
Manager: Freddie Ljungberg - 7
Referee: Mike Dean
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