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Arsenal 2-0 West Ham: Gunners move up to fourth with victory over 10-man Hammers

By Emma SandersBBC Sport
Gabriel Martinelli scores
Gabriel Martinelli came close in the first half before eventually scoring in the 48th minute

Arsenal overtook opponents West Ham and moved into fourth place in the Premier League by winning an eventful match at Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the opener early in the second half before substitute Emile Smith Rowe confirmed victory for the Gunners late on.

Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette also had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the second half.

West Ham's Vladimir Coufal was sent off for a second booking in conceding the penalty as he was judged to have fouled Lacazette in the box.

Coufal had been booked in the first half when his flailing arm caught defender Kieran Tierney in the face, inciting protest from the Arsenal players.

Tierney later hit the crossbar, while there were further chances for Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel as Arsenal were the better side throughout.

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The significance of this result on the league standings was felt in an intense and feisty encounter.

Coufal's unintentional foul on Tierney in the first half incited protest from Arsenal's players, before referee Anthony Taylor quickly defused the situation with a yellow card.

A few heavy tackles followed before Taylor had to speak with Arsenal's coaching staff near the touchline.

The hosts began to dominate on the field though - as well as Tierney's strike clipping the crossbar, West Ham centre-back Craig Dawson was forced to make numerous blocks.

Saka was Arsenal's biggest threat down the right and he was involved in the build-up to Tierney's effort, before he teed up Lacazette's shot which was parried into the path of Martinelli and poked inches wide.

In the second half, Saka himself came close too, while West Ham's best chances fell to Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen - neither really troubling goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The sending off of Coufal - which West Ham understandably felt was unjust - did not make too much difference and despite a late surge from the visitors, Arsenal were able to see it off through Smith Rowe's late goal.

Arteta named an unchanged side following Arsenal's win over Southampton and his celebrations at full-time suggested he was happy once again with this performance, where a number of young players impressed.

Despite a strong start to the season, West Ham have won just one of their last six games in the Premier League and are now just three points clear of Tottenham in seventh.

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Player of the match

TierneyKieran Tierney

with an average of 7.83


  1. Squad number3Player nameTierney
    Average rating


  2. Squad number7Player nameSaka
    Average rating


  3. Squad number10Player nameSmith Rowe
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  4. Squad number35Player nameGabriel Martinelli
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  5. Squad number32Player nameRamsdale
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  6. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
    Average rating


  7. Squad number18Player nameTomiyasu
    Average rating


  8. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
    Average rating


  9. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard
    Average rating


  10. Squad number4Player nameWhite
    Average rating


  11. Squad number5Player namePartey
    Average rating


  12. Squad number20Player nameNuno Tavares
    Average rating


  13. Squad number30Player nameNketiah
    Average rating


  14. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
    Average rating


West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski
    Average rating


  2. Squad number41Player nameRice
    Average rating


  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson
    Average rating


  4. Squad number20Player nameBowen
    Average rating


  5. Squad number50Player nameAshby
    Average rating


  6. Squad number23Player nameDiop
    Average rating


  7. Squad number28Player nameSoucek
    Average rating


  8. Squad number8Player nameFornals
    Average rating


  9. Squad number9Player nameAntonio
    Average rating


  10. Squad number10Player nameLanzini
    Average rating


  11. Squad number5Player nameCoufal
    Average rating


  12. Squad number26Player nameMasuaku
    Average rating


  13. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma
    Average rating




Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 32RamsdaleBooked at 72mins
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 4White
  • 6Gabriel
  • 3Tierney
  • 7Saka
  • 5Partey
  • 34Xhaka
  • 35MartinelliBooked at 58minsSubstituted forNketiahat 82'minutes
  • 8ØdegaardSubstituted forSmith Roweat 66'minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forTavaresat 89'minutes


  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 16Holding
  • 19Pépé
  • 20Tavares
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 25Elneny
  • 30Nketiah
  • 33Okonkwo

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5CoufalBooked at 67mins
  • 15Dawson
  • 23Diop
  • 26Masuaku
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20Bowen
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forAshbyat 84'minutes
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forBenrahmaat 76'minutes
  • 9Antonio


  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 11Vlasic
  • 13Areola
  • 16Noble
  • 22Benrahma
  • 33Král
  • 40Oko-Flex
  • 42Alese
  • 50Ashby
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamWest Ham
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).

  6. Post update

    Tomas Soucek (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Nuno Tavares replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal 2, West Ham United 0. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bukayo Saka following a fast break.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Harrison Ashby replaces Pablo Fornals.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).

  11. Post update

    Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Martinelli because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Issa Diop.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Saïd Benrahma replaces Manuel Lanzini.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

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