Sunday 11 February 2024

West Ham 0-4 Arsenal (half time)

Going 4 up doesn't necessarily result in victory, as Gunners fans know.

In the Wenger days, Arsenal managed to surrender a 4-goal lead at Newcastle.

However, many would say that this Arsenal team has more defensive solidity than some of the Wenger team's of yesteryear.

Despite the score line suggesting a blitzkrieg approach, the Hammers were undone by two corners and a penalty before Trossard's late goal in open play.

For the penalty, VAR took an age to confirm that it was a foul and a yellow card for the keeper, as the officials behind the scenes tried their best to deny Arsenal. For once, the couldn't manipulate the pictures enough to make their point, so the penalty stood. Saka earned it and despatched it, under pressure, as it was Arsenal's second.

The first and third were headers from corners, converted by Saliba and Gabriel respectively.

Before that, Alvarez was lucky to only see yellow for an x-rated challenge on Saka, but overall, before the set-piece goals, it was hard to see how Arsenal were going to dominate proceedings.

The Gunners' bench looks sparse, so they will need to keep the full complement on the pitch, as perhaps the only tried and tested substitute is Nketiah.

Although they deserve credit for their purple patch in front of goal, Arsenal need to remember that it's not over yet!

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