January 20, 2022

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Arsenal 2-0 West Ham: The Gunners climb up to fourth place after defeating the 10-man Hammers

Arsenal moved into the fourth position in the Premier League after defeating West Ham United in an exciting contest at the Emirates Stadium. Early in the second half, Gabriel Martinelli scored the game’s first goal, before Arsenal replacement Emile Smith Rowe sealed the win late on.

Vladimir Coufal of West Ham was sent off for a second yellow card after being adjudged to have fouled Lacazette in the box, resulting in the penalty. He had received a yellow card in the first half as his flailing arm collided with Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney in the face, eliciting an angry response from the Arsenal players.

Tierney later hit the crossbar, and Arsenal had more chances through Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel as they dominated the game.

In a tough and spirited match, the significance of this result for the league standings was felt.

Arsenal players protested Coufal’s unintended foul on Tierney in the first half, but referee Anthony Taylor immediately defused the situation with a yellow card. Taylor had to talk with Arsenal’s coaching staff near the touchline after a few harsh tackles. However, the hosts proceeded to dominate on the pitch, forcing West Ham centre-back Craig Dawson to make many saves, in addition to Tierney’s effort clipping the crossbar.

Saka was Arsenal’s main threat down the right flank, and he was involved in the build-up to Tierney’s goal, as well as teeing up Lacazette’s shot, which was parried into Martinelli’s path and skewed inches wide.

Saka came near again in the second half, while West Ham’s finest chances came from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen, neither of whom tested goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Despite a late surge by West Ham, Arsenal was able to see the game through thanks to Smith Rowe’s late goal.

Following Arsenal’s win over Southampton, Arteta picked an unchanged lineup, and his post-match celebrations indicated that he was pleased with the performance, which included a lot of young players.

Despite a great start to the season, West Ham has only won one of their last six Premier League games, and they are now only three points ahead of Tottenham in seventh place.