25th August, 2018
Arsenal finally secured their very first 3 points of the new season as it hammered the visiting West Ham in a London derby that lived up to the expectations of their teeming fans. It has been long coming for the Gunners, of course. They had no option but to win this match any how.
The game had begun on a dicey note for the Gunners as they unexpectedly fell behind to a Marko Arnautovic strike that put the Hammers in front on 25 minutes much to the surprise of their teeming fans.
If anyone felt jittery at this stage, it was fortunately brought under control quickly as Nacho Monreal equalised just five minutes after that shocker of a goal.
Arsenal were then lucky not to have conceded again as first Arnautovic and then Robert Snodgrass somehow shot straight at Petr Cech thereby wasting important scoring chances for their team.
The defensive play on both sides was surely not a very secure one as they looked quite shaky thereby resulting in many chances that were however wasted.
The absence of team captain Laurent Koscielny was very visible in the Arsenal defence as they struggled to keep the visitor’s attack at bay.
Arsenal went ahead in the second half in a lucky fashion as Issa Diop scored against his own side in the 70th minute thereby giving the home team some space to breathe.
To be fair to the Gunners, they had their share of brilliance as they showed glimpses of their attacking potential by dominating possession and winning tackles in midfield, with 19-year-old Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi impressing once again.
Then Aaron Ramsey had a goal rightly disallowed for offside and also saw a low drive superbly saved by Fabianski late on.
The third goal came as Hector Bellerin picked out an unmarked Welbeck in added time and the substitute turned to put the ball past Lukasz Fabianski in goal for the Hammers.
All in all, it was a brilliant derby for both teams with Arsenal eventually stealing the show with the three points in their kitty.