West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners reclaim Champions League place

Rob Holding
Rob Holding scored his first Premier League objective on his 81st look

Arsenal reclaimed fourth spot within the Premier League with an necessary victory at West Ham and dented the Hammers’ personal possibilities of securing European soccer subsequent season.

The Gunners knew solely a win would raise them again into the Champions League locations after Tottenham beat Leicester earlier within the afternoon, however Mikel Arteta’s facet responded by grinding out a significant three factors at London Stadium.

It was Arteta’s centre-backs who got here up with the products, with Gabriel Magalhaes nodding the winner early within the second half after Rob Holding had opened the scoring from Bukayo Saka’s Thirty eighth-minute nook.

Jarrod Bowen did pull the Hammers degree simply earlier than the break, controlling Vladimir Coufal’s cross and squeezing a strike into the underside nook in what was a reward for a powerful first-half efficiency.

However David Moyes’ outfit failed to achieve these ranges after going behind for a second time – and defeat leaves them seventh, three factors behind sixth-placed Manchester United with three video games remaining.

Gunners grind out important win

The Gunners are determined to return to Europe’s elite competitors subsequent season and Arteta’s facet have loved the benefit of getting no continental soccer this time period, that means all their sources will be targeted on reaching a top-four end for the primary time since 2015-16.

West Ham’s solely lifelike likelihood of qualifying for the Champions League now could be to win the Europa League – and Moyes’ crew could be forgiven for having one eye on overturning their 2-1 deficit within the semi-final second leg towards Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday.

Arsenal struggled to get a foothold, although, earlier than Eddie Nketiah’s intelligent run and low shot pressured a nook, from which Holding climbed highest to move in Saka’s supply for his first Premier League objective.

Bowen’s good end pulled the Hammers degree on the point of half-time. However, after the hosts did not correctly clear a nook, Gabriel was left unmarked on the again publish to move in Gabriel Martinelli’s 54th-minute cross, beating former Arsenal stopper Lukasz Fabianski at his close to publish.

Nketiah may have sealed the success on the break, solely to twist vast, however the 22-year-old continued to show a menace after once more being trusted to guide the road for Arsenal.

The guests weren’t at their fluent greatest, however because the battle with north London rivals Spurs hots up – and with the Gunners heading to Tottenham per week on Thursday – restoring their two-point benefit was a very powerful consequence for Arsenal.

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West Ham United

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleFabianski

  2. Squad quantity5Participant titleCoufal

  3. Squad quantity4Participant titleZouma

  4. Squad quantity3Participant titleCresswell

  5. Squad quantity24Participant titleFredericks

  6. Squad quantity16Participant titleNoble

  7. Squad quantity41Participant titleRice

  8. Squad quantity8Participant titleFornals

  9. Squad quantity10Participant titleLanzini

  10. Squad quantity22Participant titleBenrahma

  11. Squad quantity20Participant titleBowen

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleYarmolenko

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleAntonio

  3. Squad quantity28Participant titleSoucek


  1. Squad quantity10Participant titleSmith Rowe
  2. Squad quantity17Participant titleCédric Soares
  3. Squad quantity23Participant titleSambi Lokonga


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 3CresswellBooked at 90mins
  • 24Fredericks
  • 16NobleSubstituted forSoucekat 77′minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 8Fornals
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forAntonioat 71′minutes
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 81′minutes
  • 20BowenBooked at 52mins


  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 9Antonio
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 23Diop
  • 26Masuaku
  • 28Soucek
  • 33Král
  • 42Alese


Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Ramsdale
  • 18TomiyasuSubstituted forCédric Soaresat 78′minutes
  • 16Holding
  • 6Gabriel
  • 20Tavares
  • 8ØdegaardSubstituted forSambi Lokongaat 90+2′minutes
  • 25Elneny
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7SakaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSmith Roweat 87′minutes
  • 30NketiahBooked at 90mins
  • 35Martinelli


  • 1Leno
  • 9Lacazette
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Pépé
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 54Kirk
  • 65Oulad M’hand
  • 69Swanson

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