TTSK– (West Ham 1-3 Arsenal). The Gunners will not deploy their best force to face the London derby. Will the Hammers take this opportunity? The own goal in the 16th minute started the next unbelievable developments.
Video West Ham 3-1 Arsenal
Coach Mikel Arteta put a series of key players on the bench when Arsenal marched to West Ham Stadium, so the “Gunners” entered the game extremely unevenly. Even in the 16th minute, West Ham suddenly scored the opening goal after Ben White’s own goal.
In addition to this goal, Arsenal’s defense also caused “heart attack” because of risky coordination situations in the home field. Meanwhile, the attack showed a lack of breakthroughs, except for a few individual efforts from Nelson.
In the 50th minute, Arsenal suffered a second shock when Kudus tore the net after a classy handling and finishing. At this point, coach Arteta has only sent Declan Rice, Odegaard, Saka or Martinelli onto the field. However, not only could they not help the “Gunners” close the gap, they also watched helplessly as Bowen increased the score to 3-0 in the 60th minute.
In the remaining time, all Arsenal could do was Odegaard’s honorable goal. In the end, West Ham won 3-1 and entered the quarterfinals of the League Cup.
FT: West Ham 3-1 Arsenal
West Ham: White 16′ (own goal), Kudus 50′, Bowen 60′
Arsenal: Odegaard 90+6′
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Mavropanos, Emerson, Aguerd, Soucek, Paqueta, Álvarez, Kudus, Benrahma, Bowen
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Zinchenko, White, Gabriel, Kiwior, Vieira, Jorginho, Havertz, Nelson, Trossard, Nketiah
Before entering the London derby with West Ham in the fourth round of the League Cup, coach Mikel Arteta affirmed that his team does not take this arena lightly. But there is an undeniable fact. The “Gunners”‘s force is not enough to cover all fronts. At this time in the Premier League and Champions League, the race is inherently extremely tough for Arteta’s teachers and students.
Within the next week after meeting West Ham, Arsenal will face Newcastle in the Premier League and rematch Sevilla in the Champions League. Therefore, this promises to be a match where the “Gunners” will not use all their resources. On the contrary, West Ham is more hungry to win than ever, and the East London team will probably play a “live” match with their opponent in the North of the city.
In terms of form, West Ham is facing difficulties. The home team has lost all 3 recent matches, including a 0-1 loss to Everton at home. After a perfect start, “The Hammers” has now dropped to 9th place in the Premier League. In addition, West Ham has not won in the last 8 clashes with Arsenal, with 6 defeats and 2 draws.
However, such premises will be the motivation for West Ham to play more determinedly against Arsenal?