Arsenal come from a goal down to beat West Ham in front of Wenger


Arsenal produced a second-half comeback to beat West Ham 3-1 after going behind in the first half, and with the win are now seven points clear at the top of the premier league standings. 

Wenger was the man in charge the last time Arsenal won in 2003/2004, and he was at the Emirates stadium to watch the young guns pick up from where they left off, as he visited the ground for the first time since stepping aside as manager in 2018.

West Ham opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play when William Saliba was adjudged to have fouled Jarrod Bowen in the box and Algerian midfielder Said Benrahma stepped out to dispatch the penalty with aplomb giving the East London side a first-half lead.

There was a palpable sense of frustration among the home fans until the equalizer came in the 53rd minute of the match when Bukayo Saka struck from close range after a botched attempt from captain Martin Odegaard. The equalizer spurred on the gunners, and soon there was a second goal. Five minutes after the equalizer, Gabriel Martinelli put the gunners in front when he beat former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski at his near post. 

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The points were safe in the bag when Eddie Nketiah – starting in place of the injured Gabriel Jesus – produced a nice bit of skill in the box before shooting into the opposite bottom corner.

Arsenal increased their lead at the top over Newcastle, who went up to second by beating Leicester earlier on Monday. While West Ham is 16th and just a point above the relegation zone after their fourth league defeat in a row.


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