/Late Nketiah goal seals Arsenal win

Late Nketiah goal seals Arsenal win


Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal’s last shot prior to Nketiah’s goal had come in the 47th minute

Eddie Nketiah’s late goal ensured Arsenal maintained their 100% Premier League start as they condemned West Ham to a second successive defeat.

The Gunners largely controlled the early stages and went ahead with their first effort on goal when Alexandre Lacazette headed in from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s chipped cross.

Despite Mikel Arteta’s team largely dominating possession West Ham slowly grew into the game.

The Hammers, who always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, levelled just before the interval when Michail Antonio bundled in Ryan Fredericks’ cross at the end of a sweeping move.

While Arsenal continued to enjoy more of the ball after the break, David Moyes’ side created the better openings in front of goal with Antonio heading against the bar and seeing a scuffed close-range effort saved by Bernd Leno.

However, Nketiah’s late tap-in from a Dani Ceballos pass ensured Arsenal continued their fine home record against the Hammers, having won 11 of the last 12 meetings at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal eke out another win

While there have been considerable signs of improvement at Arsenal since Arteta took charge last December this performance appeared to fizzle out after Lacazette had registered his 50th goal in all competitions for the club.

The crispness of passing, swift attacking and solidity at the back were all noticeably missing and it allowed West Ham a route back into the encounter.

However, the pleasing aspect for the Spaniard will be that his team were still capable of eking out a victory from an under-par showing.

Nervy at the back throughout, Arteta’s side survived several close scares and struggled to break free of their lethargy despite the introduction of £72m winger Nicolas Pepe.

It took another substitute, Nketiah, to make the difference, with his tap-in coming eight minutes after he had come on to replace Lacazette.

More to follow.

Player of the match

NketiahEddie Nketiah

West Ham United

  1. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  3. Squad number41Player nameRice

  4. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  5. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku

  6. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  7. Squad number24Player nameFredericks

  8. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  9. Squad number23Player nameDiop

  10. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  11. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  12. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  13. Squad number22Player nameHaller

  14. Squad number8Player nameFelipe Anderson

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 16Holding
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 2Bellerín
  • 8Ceballos
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7SakaSubstituted forDavid Luizat 89′minutes
  • 12WillianSubstituted forPépéat 64′minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 77′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 19Pépé
  • 23David Luiz
  • 25Elneny
  • 28Willock
  • 30Nketiah
  • 33Macey

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksBooked at 40mins
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 26MasuakuSubstituted forFelipe Andersonat 90′minutes
  • 20BowenSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 83′minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forHallerat 88′minutes
  • 30Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 10Lanzini
  • 22Haller
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 1.

  2. 90’+5′

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 1.

  3. 90’+4′

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

  4. 90’+4′

    Attempt blocked. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

  5. 90’+2′

    Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. 90’+2′

    Foul by Sébastien Haller (West Ham United).

  7. 90’+1′

    Foul by Dani Ceballos (Arsenal).

  8. 90’+1′

    Declan Rice (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. 90’+1′

    Attempt saved. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. 90′

    David Luiz (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. 90′

    Foul by Sébastien Haller (West Ham United).

  12. 90′

    Substitution, West Ham United. Felipe Anderson replaces Arthur Masuaku.

  13. 89′

    Substitution, Arsenal. David Luiz replaces Bukayo Saka.

  14. 88′

    Substitution, West Ham United. Sébastien Haller replaces Pablo Fornals.

  15. 88′

    Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (West Ham United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Declan Rice with a cross.

  16. 85′

    Goal! Arsenal 2, West Ham United 1. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Ceballos.

  17. 83′

    Substitution, West Ham United. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Jarrod Bowen.

  18. 78′

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Arthur Masuaku.

  19. 77′

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  20. 77′

    Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

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