Declan Rice’s long-range target capped a shocking demolition of his former aspect West Ham as Arsenal claimed a 6-0 win on the London Stadium to stick inside two issues of leaders Liverpool.
The fixture was once billed as a difficult project for Mikel Arteta’s aspect following two defeats to West Ham previous within the season however the hosts totally capitulated as 4 objectives in 15 first-half mins despatched many enthusiasts streaming in opposition to the exits early.
William Saliba’s header from Rice’s nook set the wheels in movement, with Bukayo Saka including a moment from the penalty spot ahead of Gabriel Magalhaes headed house any other Rice set-piece and Leandro Trossard added a brilliantly-taken fourth.
Arsenal endured to rip in the course of the abject hosts in the second one half of, including two extra objectives in as many mins as Saka capitalised on static protecting to complete on the close to publish ahead of Rice’s good roller from 25 yards out finished the rout.
The peculiar victory, Arsenal’s greatest in a Premier League away recreation, places the Gunners degree with second-placed Manchester Town on target distinction, keeping up their name hopes following closing Sunday’s win over Liverpool.
For West Ham, in the meantime, it marks a dismal day, the joint-heaviest house league defeat of their historical past extending their winless run to seven video games and piling drive on supervisor David Moyes.
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West Ham: Areola (4), Coufal (3), Johnson (3), Zouma (3), Aguerd (3), Emerson (3), Ward-Prowse (4), Alvarez (3), Soucek (4), Kudus (5), Bowen (5).
Subs used: Phillips (5), Mavropanos (6), Cresswell (6).
Arsenal: Raya (7), White (8), Saliba (8), Gabriel (8), Kiwior (7), Rice (9), Odegaard (8), Havertz (8), Saka (9), Martinelli (8), Trossard (8).
Subs used: Elneny (7), Nelson (7), Nketiah (7), Nwaneri (7), Cedric (7).
Participant of the fit: Bukayo Saka
How Arsenal punished woeful Hammers
The sport was once slightly even for the hole quarter of an hour however Arsenal quickly seized the higher hand and set about causing cruel punishment as West Ham’s capitulation started.
The guests had already created a string of possibilities ahead of the opener, with Alphonse Areola brilliantly denying Trossard from the most productive of them, however Saliba’s header brought about the floodgates to open.
Group information headlines
- Arsenal introduced in Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior however Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe had been unavaillable.
- West Ham named an unchaged crew from their 3-0 loss to Manchester United closing weekend, with Jarrod Bowen once more main the road in assault.
Rice, booed on his go back to his former aspect, was once the creator-in-chief as his nook discovered Saliba on the some distance publish. The midfielder then arrange Arsenal’s 3rd from any other dead-ball supply as his diagonal free-kick was once flicked in through the unmarked Gabriel.
All sides of the ones two objectives, there was once the penalty gained and transformed through Saka as he put his pricey omit on this fixture closing season in the back of him having latched onto a very good cross through Trossard and drawn touch from Areola.
Saka’s penalty despatched West Ham enthusiasts streaming in opposition to the exits and their numbers grew because the bombardment endured with Trossard including the fourth, curling house a very good end from Martin Odegaard’s cross after extra woeful protecting.
Moyes sought to stem the waft at half-time through throwing on Kalvin Phillips and Konstantinos Mavropanos for Kurt Zouma and Edson Alvarez however Arsenal picked up the place they left off.
Areola denied Saka with a handy guide a rough response save because the drive endured however he produced the 5th target mins later as he amassed Odegaard’s cross following affected person build-up play, then lower inside of and fired house clinically on the close to publish.
At that time, it gave the impression improbable that West Ham’s afternoon may just get any worse nevertheless it did, and it was once in particular painful that Rice was once the person to compound their distress.
It gave the impression Arsenal had neglected the danger when a miscommunication between Odegaard and Trossard noticed the ball run between them, however Rice was once there to arc an exquisite, curling shot over Areola and into the web.
The 25-year-old declined the chance to rejoice out of admire, regardless of being subjected to boos from the house enthusiasts previous within the recreation, as he sealed a primary win over his former aspect on the 3rd try.
Arteta had the posh of bringing off Rice and Saka after that, with 16-year-old Ethan Nwaneri passed a past due cameo for his moment Premier League look. It was once any other sure in a remark win for Arsenal because the West Ham inquest started.
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Arteta thrilled to make historical past with large win
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, chatting with Sky Sports activities:
“I am extraordinarily glad. The way in which we carried out, the way in which we performed. The sort of large ranking in a actually tricky position tells you a large number about how neatly the men performed nowadays.
“It is nice to make [club] historical past particularly the way in which we’ve performed it. We are in a just right second and we you’ve gotten just right moments you need to construct and deal with the momentum. The crew from the start appeared actually sharp. We needed to put proper the closing two effects in opposition to them and that was once a just right motivation for the men.”
On Bukayo Saka: “While you speak about consistency at his age…what he has performed within the closing two or 3 seasons is exceptional. His perspective, his high quality, what he delivers each week, it is actually tricky to seek out. That is why he’s so necessary to us.”
On Declan Rice: “It is at all times tricky to come back again on your outdated membership. The enthusiasts had been actually just right to him. When he went to take the nook they clapped him so it is nice to look that roughly reception. He loves this membership such a lot and I do know what it supposed to him to play nowadays.
“We need to percentage the objectives. That want and that dedication to get into the field to make issues occur, it was once very good.”
Research: Arsenal display name credentials
Having struggled to transform their dominance into objectives for far of the season, Arsenal now can’t prevent scoring. Their six-goal thrashing of West Ham made it 16 of their closing 4 video games.
Crystal Palace, Nottingham Wooded area and Liverpool had been swatted apart. However this, their fourth consecutive win, was once their maximum devastating show but; their greatest away victory in Premier League historical past and any other remark about their credentials.
This can be a critical crew. Already the most productive within the league defensively, they have got now discovered a degree of innovative to check. The sport on the London Stadium was once simply the most recent reminder in their efficiency from set-pieces. However they had been rampant from open play too.
There is not any out-and-out No 9 in a position to rivalling Erling Haaland’s scoring exploits, in fact. However Arsenal are sharing the objectives out. In opposition to West Ham, there have been 5 other scorers. They threatened from all angles. West Ham may just now not cope.
Saka’s double places him on 5 objectives from his closing 5 Premier League video games and he isn’t the one attacking participant to have hit a wealthy vein of shape at what looks like the appropriate time. Trossard has 3 in his closing 4. Martinelli too.
The fluidity in their entrance line was once an excessive amount of for West Ham, with Odegaard orchestrating complaints and Kai Havertz continuously discovering house to milk. The truth they nonetheless have Gabriel Jesus to go back from damage is any other supply of encouragement.
Keane: West Ham had been a shame
Sky Sports activities’ Roy Keane, talking at half-time:
“There are methods to lose a soccer fit – West Ham have now not became up, they have got now not been bodily, they aren’t tackling, no want, no starvation, they give the impression of being outdated and gradual, they aren’t monitoring again, no person has laid a glove on Odegaard.
“Moyes should be fuming at half-time, however all credit score to Arsenal, they give the impression of being sharp and at it and feature became up. West Ham, even though, a shame.”
Sky Sports activities’ Paul Merson:
“Protecting smart, if that came about in under-10s soccer you would be going, ‘significantly?!’
“No longer getting tight, appearing them inside of directly to their correct foot, it’s deficient. I simply assume Arsenal made West Ham give up and that’s somewhat unhappy as a participant as that’s the something you do not need to do.
“There are methods of shedding soccer fits. That may be a terrible manner and I believe sorry for David Moyes as that’s not a Moyes crew in the market, they have got let him down nowadays.
“They paintings arduous and the only factor you don’t get performed at West Ham is through set-plays, and so they had been deficient with them nowadays.”
Moyes: I perceive enthusiasts leaving early
West Ham boss David Moyes, chatting with Sky Sports activities:
“Sure, it unquestionably is [up there as one of the most disappointing days as manager of West Ham]. It is a kind of days which you do not want to occur very steadily, and it came about nowadays.
“It is not been like my groups previously. I will take a little of time and take a look at it and notice if I will be able to repair it. I take the duty, I pick out the crew however the gamers must take duty too.
“It is actually necessary we do the ones jobs actually neatly. We can at all times you have to be as neatly organised as we will be. Arsenal had been superb – we should not take that away. We were not just right.
“I am a soccer supporter. I keep in mind that [fans leaving early]. I don’t believe the course the membership is heading in is the mistaken course. It is grown very much since we got here in. We had been combating relegation. We aren’t combating relegation nowadays.
“We had been enjoying one of the crucial peak groups within the nation who we took 3 issues off previous within the season so I’ve to mention the membership is in a actually just right position. Now we have had setbacks in the course of the season and we’re going to try to come again from this one the most productive we will.”
Moyes’ six-goal distress – Opta stats
- West Ham suffered their joint-heaviest house defeat of their league historical past. The one different time they have misplaced through six objectives within the top-flight got here again in December 1963 in opposition to Blackburn Rovers (8-2).
- Arsenal registered their joint-biggest margin of victory in an away league fit, and their first such win through six objectives since December 1935 in opposition to Aston Villa (7-1).
- For most effective the second one time within the Premier League, an aspect controlled through David Moyes conceded six or extra objectives in a house recreation – each cases got here in fits in opposition to Arsenal (additionally Everton 1-6 Arsenal in August 2009).
- Gabriel Magalhaes has scored 14 objectives for Arsenal within the Premier League, probably the most of any defender within the festival because the get started of 2020/21.
- Arsenal’s Declan Rice assisted two objectives in a Premier League recreation for the primary time in his occupation. Together with his moment half of strike, it was once additionally the primary time he is been immediately eager about 3 or extra objectives in a Premier League fit.
What is subsequent?
West Ham and Arsenal are again in Premier League motion subsequent Saturday, with each video games kicking off at 3pm.
West Ham commute to Nottingham Wooded area on February 17, whilst Arsenal commute to Burnley.
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