Arsenal – West Ham United
25 August 2018, 15:00
England. Premier League. Matchday 3
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Referee Graham Scott
Linesmen Scott LedgerMick McDonough
Reserve referee Kevin Friend
Who will win?
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
Hello and welcome to the Emirates stadium! Today we take on the Hammers in a battle for first points.
Opta stat: Arsenal haven’t lost a Premier League London derby match at the Emirates Stadium since January 2016 (0–1 vs Chelsea), winning six and drawing three of their derby games at the Stadium since then. Metropolitan.
Mesut Ozil is not in the squad due to illness.
Alex Iwobi will make his 100th Arsenal appearance today against West Ham.
West Ham XI (4–2–3–1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku; Sanchez, WILSHERE; Snodgrass, Antonio, Anderson; Arnautovic. SUBS: Adrian, Rice, Zabaleta, Obiang, Yarmolenko, Perez, Hernandez.
Arsenal XI (4–2–3–1): Cech; Bellerín, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.
SUBS: Leno, Holding, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Welbeck, Lacazette.
SUBS: Leno, Holding, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Welbeck, Lacazette.
Xhaka fouls on Anderson in the middle of the park
Guendouzi earns a free kick now in the middle area. The Gunners deliver a dangerous cross, but Bellerin's header across the box is intercepted.
Arsenal are on the front foot now but are a bit in a rush with passing the ball forward.
Bellerin is clumsy on the ball, the opponent intercepts it and launches down the left flank. The defenders don't let West Ham to execute a shot on goal after the counter.
Guendouzi earns another free kick. This time much closer to the opposite box.
Micki whips in a cross, but the danger is cleared by the defender.
Ramsey scores with a header on a rebound but he's ruled offside.
A chance! Arnautovic latches onto a through pass of the teammate, hits a shot, but it lacks accuracy.
Mustafi fouls on the opponent near the right side of the box. A free kick is given.
Snodgrass bends in a cross but its cleared by the Gunners.
An injury worry for us as Monreal is lying on the grass…
Nacho is on his feet. It seems he's OK.
Snodgrass delivered a cross from the left side of their attacking wing, Sokratis somehow lets the ball go past him, Arnautovic is not ready to finish… We're lucky to get away with it.
Bellerin is flagged offside. He should have been more attentive in that episode.
Iwobi dribbles past one opponent on the left but the second one stop Alex's run.
0–1… Arnautoivc scores. 2 attackers vs 4 defenders — however, the Austrian manages to find the back of the net. Anderson with an assist.
Auba makes everything for Ramsey, but the Welshman is marked by the opponent and his effort is blocked.
1–1!!! Nachooooooooooo! Micki and Belle cleverly outplayed West Ham on the right, the Spaniard delivered a low drive across the 6-yard box. Monreal tames the ball on the far post and hammers it in.
Once again danger comes from the right with Micky the architect. He plays a savvy one-two with a teammate, swings in a cross, but it's a bit inaccurate.
Micky earns a corner kick on the right wing after a counter.
Goal kick for the Hammers after Mustafi's header goes far from the target.
Micki! What a superb through pass! It finds Rambo inside the box, but the midfielder's sharp-angle close-range shot is parried by Fabianski.
The Gunners leave too much space behind. Arnautovic scores again, but, luckily, he's flagged offside…
Auba turns on Usain Bolt mode to dash forward. Only Diop manages to stop his run with a foul. A yellow card for the defender. It was a really rough tackle from the West Ham man…
Micky executes a free kick but his shot hits the wall.
Xhaka and Snodgrass collide… It seems both players are OK. A free kick for West Ham.
Once again West Ham finds space behind our defensive line, Arnautovic gets the ball on the right, passes the ball to the teammate, whose effort is blocked.
Snodgrass! Cech with a fine save! The Scot finds himself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper, but the latter guesses which way the shot goes and claims the ball.
That's it for the first half! We're quite solid in attack, but defensively we have to improve not to concede in the second half.
We're back underway!
Bellerin earns the first corner kick in the second half. Mustafi's header is palmed away by Fabianski!
West Ham are in possession. Antonio dribbles past Bellerin and the Spaniard fouls on Michael.
Arnautovic! The striker tries a volley after a free kick but his shot flies to the stands.
Lacazette! The Frenchman gets the ball on the edge of the box, but his drive goes straight into the keeper's hands.
Guendouzi loses the ball on the opposite side of the pitch. Anderson launches a flying run on the left flank as Mateo lags behind him. Felipe cross it in and Marko fluffs a shot and Cech covers it with a second attempt. Once again Arsenal are really poor defensively.
Nacho! Fabianski parries Laca's shot, Monreal is the first on a rebound, but his right-footed effort… Well, it's not even a shot.
Bellerin tries a one-two with Mkhitaryan on the right but it doesn't work out.
Snodgrass is flagged offside.
Bellerin tries to find Lacazette with a clever through ball, but Alex is too far to reach that pass.
Ramsey loses the ball in the counter. He should have been more fast in taking a decision as the opponent intercepts the ball.
A corner kick for the Hammers on the left…
Anderson whips in a cross but it's cleared by defenders. Anderson gets the ball on the left wing, cuts inside, dribbling past two defenders, fires, but Cech is there to deny his strike. We're lucky there was nobody to finish it after a rebound.
2–1! Lacazette! Alex holds the ball on the edge of the 6-yard box, turns around, fires and the ball deflected of Diop hits the back of the net.
Rambo dribbles past the defender on the left side of the box, passes it to Auba backwards, but the striker's shot is blocked by a defender.
Arsenal are close to killing off the game but lack accuracy in the finishing phase of the attack.
Yarmolenko passes forward but the teammates is flagged offside. Otherwise, that would be a one-one-one situation.
A yellow card for Fredericks after a harsh tackle on Monreal on the edge of the box on the left flank. Micky on the ball…
Henrikh executes it powerfully, but the ball flies over the bar.
Micky delivers a low drive from the right on the counter, Diop is there to intercept it.
Rambo's shot from 25 yards is parried by Fabianski.
Anderson! Another flying run from the Brazilian, he passes it to Perez on the right, Lucas gets the ball on the left side of the box and fires with his first touch but misses a target and Yarmolenko is a bit late to finish it on the far post. Once again: Arsenal leave too much space behind.
Anderson on the left side this time, whips in a cross — it's cleared by our defence.
A free kick is given in the middle of the park to the Gunners for a foul on Welbeck.
Anderson, he caused a lot of troubles to us today, drives the ball across the 6-yard box. Luckily, there is nobody to finish it.
3–1! Welbs! The Gunners spring the counter after Wilshere loses the ball in the middle area. It's quickly delivered to the right wing, Bellerin with a low cross finds Danny unmarked and the latter finishes it with composure, hammering the ball in from a point-blank range. It's definitely 3 points for us!
That's it! 3–1. The first 3 point earned and we have to build on that victory next weekend vs Cardiff.
Marko Arnautović Petr Čech
Nacho Monreal Łukasz Fabiański
Alexandre Lacazette On Alex Iwobi Off
Lucas Torreira On Matteo Guendouzi Off
Javier Hernández On Marko Arnautović Off
Lucas Pérez On Michail Antonio Off
Issa Diop Łukasz Fabiański
Danny Welbeck On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Off
Andriy Yarmolenko On Robert Snodgrass Off
Danny Welbeck Łukasz Fabiański