In an exciting match between Arsenal (The Gunners) and West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, after a break due to the 2022 World Cup tournament, the Gunners wished to extend their lead in the English Premier League (EPL) having won 12 of their previous matches, lost in one and tied in one.
In the first half of the game Arsenal (The Gunners) looked to be heading for a difficult night when they went behind Said Benrahma’s penalty after William Saliba brought down Jarrod Bowen inside the box.
The Gunners needed to find a response and in the second half, lady luck was on their side for in a span of five minutes two goals were obtained from Bukayo Saka in the 53rd minute and Gabriel Martinelli in the 58th minute, before Eddie Nketiah, leading the line for Arsenal in the absence of Gabriel Jesus, rounded off a brilliant night for Mikel Arteta’s side in the 69th minute.
This performance brought a smile to The Gunners’ former boss Arsene Wenger, who for the first time since leaving the club in 2018, returned to the Emirates Stadium to watch his former club play. Wenger had spent 22 years at the club and had not hidden the fact that he found his Arsenal departure difficult.
The 3-1 win against West Ham ensures that Arsenal move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League Standings with 40 points, Newcastle are second with 33 points and the previous Premier League holders, Manchester City are in third with 32points nonetheless having two games at hand.
BY SHILOH JEDIDAH