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Premier League
Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Arsenal 3
West Ham United 0

by Staff Writer


West Ham are facing a battle against relegation after going down 3-0 at the Emirates against Arsenal.

The Gunners - whose only wins in the last six weeks came against non-league Lincoln City and Sutton - scored three second half goals to send West Ham ever closer to the drop zone.

Despite keeping a clean sheet for the opening half, the Hammers were behind 13 minutes after the restart when Ozil opened the scoring for Arsenal - a lead doubled ten minutes later when Walcott made it 2-0, which came as no surprise to the team at Bet365 who predicted a home win.




And substitute Giroud added a third for the hosts with seven minutes remaining to condemn the Hammers to yet another defeat, and one which leaves them just five points clear of the drop zone - thanks mainly to Tottenham's late comeback at Swansea.

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Player Ratings

Darren Randolph
Barely tested but his walkabout in the first half could have proved costly.


Sam Byram
Improving – a run in the position helps but he has a way to go yet.


Aaron Cresswell
Good cross for the goal but continues to give the ball away far too much.


James Collins
At one point in the game he had a ten yard start on his man and still lost the race. . Lovely bloke and all that but you can see why he doesn’t get picked unless there are injuries.


Jose Fonte
Not having a regular partner doesn’t help but neither does stupid challenges made after 80 seconds.


Cheikhou Kouyate
Failed to track runs from the deep too often.


Andre Ayew
Our half-time discussion included the phrase “What is Ayew for?”. Neither striker nor midfielder and I’m struggling to remember any contribution of note.


Robert Snodgrass
Poor. Should have scored.


Andy Carroll
Best defender. Best attacker. Like Lanzini he can hold his head high.


Manuel Lanzini
If we were going to do anything it was likely to come through him and Carroll. Probably the classiest player on the pitch in a match bereft of much in the way of class.


Sofiane Feghouli
Blind alleys seem to be a speciality.


Substitutes


Edimilson Fernandes
(Replaced Snodgrass) Made about as much impression as Snodgrass who he replaced.


Arthur Masuaku
(Replaced Cresswell) Largely responsible for the winner because he was mouthing off at everyone else rather than concentrating on his own job.


Jonathan Calleri
(Replaced Kouyate) Although I’m not sure there would have been much point in bringing him on any earlier, the game had gone by the time he did arrive.


Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.


Havard Nordtveit
Did not play.


Mark Noble
Did not play.


Ashley Fletcher
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: .

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United

Darren Randolph, Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Jose Fonte, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Robert Snodgrass, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Sofiane Feghouli.

Goals: Andy Carroll 18                  .

Booked: Jose Fonte  Andy Carroll         .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Arsenal

Boruc, A.Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Fraser (Mousset 85), Arter, Gosling, Pugh, King, Afobe (Wilshere 85).

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Allsop, Cargill, B.Smith, Gradel, Ibe.

Goals: King (31, 48, 90).

Booked: Pugh, Afobe, Gosling, Cook.

Sent Off: None sent off..

 
Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini


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