West Ham vs Arsenal match review 

Arsenal travelled to Upton Park this afternoon knowing only three points would be enough to keep their title hopes alive. 

Both sides were evenly matched and comfortable on the counter attack, but it was Arsenal who were pressing and testing West Hams defence in the early stages. 

The Hammers rattled Arsenals defence when an overhead kick from Carroll lead to a headed goal by Lanzini which was ruled offside. 

Just moments after a defensive scare for the Gunners, Arsenal punished West Ham on the counter attack and took an early lead from a brilliant finish by Mesut Ozil. It was a composed start from the Gunners, who were playing with confidence despite West Hams fantastic form recently.   Daily Mail 

In the latter stages of the first half West Ham were piling on the pressure in Arsenals box and getting into good positions. But Arsenal were straight on the counter attack again, and a brilliant flick from Iwobi found Sanchez with space on the left as he calmly swept it into the net.     Daily Mail/Reuters 

West Ham began to look uncomfortable and shaky being 0-2 down before half time, but a powerful header from Carroll saw the Hammers get straight back into the game.   Daily Mail/Reuters 

A shift in momentum from Carrolls first goal gave the Hammers more confidence and resulted in another goal from Carrroll on the brink of half time. All of a sudden West Ham were back in the game within 3 minutes and Arsenal were stripped of a 0-2 lead at Upton Park.   Daily Mail/Reuters

In the early stages of the second half saw a second goal from Payet ruled out as Carroll fouled Koscielny, preventing him from getting back defensively. 

Shortly after the disallowed goal, Carroll powered a third into the net, scoring a hat-trick, and the Hammers came from 0-2 down to leading 3-2.   Daily Mail/ Reuters 

West Ham’s aerial threats were causing Arsenals defence all sorts of problems. Which forced Wenger to make two changes replacing Coquelin for Ramsey and Elneny for Giroud, with the hope of changing the momentum of the game. 

And Wenger did just that. A brilliant assist from Ozil found Koscielny who found the back of the net and the captain got the equaliser for the Gunners.   Daily Mail/Reuters 

Arsenal started to play with their tails up again, pressurising West Hams defence to find that winning goal. But was hard to predict a winner at this stage of the game with both teams attacking so well. 

In the lattar stages of the game, Wenger knew how important it was to get a winner, so he added a third attacking player replacing Welbeck for speed star Walcott. 

But it wasn’t enough to get the 3 points, with the end resulting in a 3-3 draw, after 90 minutes of a pulsating game of attacking football. A draw summed up both teams performances but it was neither what either teams wanted. 

Has this ended Arsenals faint title hopes?

Player Ratings 

Ospina (7), Bellerin (7), Gabriel (6), Koscielny (8), Monreal (6), Coquelin (7), Elneny (8), Iwobi (9),Ozil (8), Sanchez (9), Welbeck (7)

Subs 

Giroud (7), Walcott (6), Ramsey (7) 

My Man of the Match 

Alex Iwobi  


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