English Premier League match report Arsenal v West Ham United 15 December 2021

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Arsenal climbed into the top-four on Wednesday evening after defeating London rivals West Ham United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners decided to stay unchanged from the win over Southampton, with the clash dominated by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting stripped off the captaincy.

Arsenal pushed the Hammers on all fronts earlier on and a burst through to the six-yard area from Alexandre Lacazette following smart inter-play almost had them in the lead.

David Moyes’s side started to find confidence soon after the half-hour mark, as Pablo Fornals curled a flick-on from a free-kick by Jarrod Bowen inches away from the far hand corner.

Arsenal were on the prowl again though inside the matter of minutes and had Lukasz Fabianski tip Kieran Tierney’s looping shot from outside the area against the top of the woodwork.

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Chances continued to flow for the Gunners thereafter, as Gabriel Martinelli scooped a loose ball from close-range inches wide after Fabianski failed to hold onto Lacazette’s rasping attempt.

Martinelli redeemed himself seconds soon at the restart when he took a pass through the middle in his stride to curl into the bottom-corner after he drifted to the near side of the area.

Fresh set of faces from the Gunners well inside the middle of the second period saw Emile Smith Rowe replace Martin Odegaard.

The Gunners got a chance to go further clear from the spot on 69 minutes but Fabianski denied Lacazette who won the penalty from a foul by Vladimir Coufal who then got his marching orders.

Arsenal finally bagged a second in the last three minutes after Smith Rowe took a ball from Bukayo Saka under control to ran clear and find the bottom-corner with a composed finish.

The Gunners controlled matters on all fronts within fulltime to register the victory and fourth spot in the process.