Arsenal vs West Ham United

Unai Emery’s ghost haunts Arsenal as they rob West Ham

Arsenal 2 vs 1 West Ham

Premier League, Emirates Stadium, 19 September 2020, 8pm
Lacazette (24′) Nketiah (84′)                     Antonio (45′)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: <> during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal put in an Unai-Emeryesque performance against West Ham but they ground out a result and took all 3 points from the Emirates.

Arsenal were slow to start and West Ham the better side for the opening exchanges, a theme that would dominate the game. Everything was just a little off for Arsenal until it wasn’t, which wasn’t very often.

With 24 minutes on the clock  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dinked a lovely chipped pass straight onto Alexandre Lacazette’s head. The Frenchman made no mistake with his 50th Arsenal goal and West Ham could consider themselves unlucky as they put in a much improved performance compared to their outing against Newcastle on the opening day.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) who provided the assist during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) who provided the assist during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)

Before the game even started, Arsenal lost Kieran Tierney to a hip problem, replaced by Sead Kolasinac in the starting lineup and his energy was badly missed.

As the break approached, Michail Antonio pulled West Ham level with just seconds left as Arsenal were caught on the counter.

Half-time at the Emirates – 1-1.

Arsenal came out brighter in the second half but it didn’t last and as we approached the hour mark, West Ham were starting to get on top, pushing Arsenal deeper as they won the battle in midfield.

As the Hammers stepped it up, we began to see the Arsenal defence show cracks that Mikel Arteta has only just begun to fill in. It was also clear why Arteta is so keen to get a new midfield in place.

The stench of Unai Emery’s 18 months began to rise up again from the pitch.

With just over five minutes on the clock, however, Arsenal found a way to absolutely rob West Ham of a result when Eddie Nketiah poked home.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Dani Ceballos after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Dani Ceballos after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver – Pool/Getty Images)

Under Emery, there is no doubt we would have lost this game and then had to listen to him tell us how good West Ham are and how happy he is with the performance anyway.

There is no way that Arteta will be happy with that performance and still we won.

Two out of two and six out of six. Mikel Arteta’s reaction at the final whistle tells you all you need to know.

He understands how important these points are while everyone focuses on the games against the top six.

Next up, Leicester in the Carabao Cup and Liverpool in the League.

Arsenal lineups

Arsenal injuries

Played 143 – Arsenal wins 69 – West Ham wins 35 – Draws 39

Arsenal have won eight of their last 11 games against West Ham, drawing two and losing just one and scoring 25 goals while conceding 10. Arsenal have lost only two of their last 27 games against West Ham, one home and one away.

Arsenal have lost three games in a row to West Ham twice, once in a run between 8 March 1975 and 29 November 1975 (Cup, Division One, Division One) and then again between 1 February 2006 and 7 April 2007 (all Premier league), the first two when they were managed by Alan Pardew and the third under Alan Curbishley.

Charlie Satterhwaite, via Vintage Footballers
Charlie Satterhwaite, via Vintage Footballers

Arsenal and West Ham first played each other in January, 1906 when then-Woolwich Arsenal drew with the Hammers 1-1 in the FA Cup. James Sharp scored from the spot for the Gunners.

The Arsenal starting XI that day was: Jimmy Ashcroft, Archie Cross, James Sharp, Percy Sands, James Bigden, Andrew Ducat, Roddy McEachrane, Bobby Templeton, Billy Garbutt, Tim Coleman, and Tom Fitchie.

Arsenal won the replay 3-2 at West Ham five days later on 13 January with the exact same lineup apart from Tom Fitchie, who was replaced by Charlie Satterthwaite who got one of Arsenal’s goals. Garbutt and Ducat scored the others.

Arsenal vs West Ham/West Ham vs Arsenal Head-to-head

 

Date Fixture Score Competition
13/01/1906 Woolwich Arsenal v West Ham United D 1-1 FA Cup
18/01/1906 West Ham United v Woolwich Arsenal W 2-3 FA Cup
27/08/1923 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0
League Division One
10/09/1923 Arsenal v West Ham United W 4-1
League Division One
27/09/1924 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0
League Division One
14/01/1925 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0 FA Cup
21/1/1925 Arsenal v West Ham United D 2-2 FA Cup
26/01/1925 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1 FA Cup
23/3/1925 Arsenal v West Ham United L 1-2
League Division One
21/09/1925 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-2
League Division One
05/10/1925 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-4
League Division One
16/10/1926 Arsenal v West Ham United D 2-2
League Division One
07/03/1927 West Ham United v Arsenal L 7-0
League Division One
01/10/1927 Arsenal v West Ham United D 2-2
League Division One
11/2/1928 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2
League Division One
13/10/1928 Arsenal v West Ham United L 2-3
League Division One
23/02/1929 West Ham United v Arsenal W 3-4
League Division One
02/11/1929 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1
League Division One
01/03/1930 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-3 FA Cup
08/03/1930 West Ham United v Arsenal L 3-2
League Division One
25/10/1930 Arsenal v West Ham United D 1-1
League Division One
28/02/1931 West Ham United v Arsenal W 2-4
League Division One
14/11/1931 Arsenal v West Ham United W 4-1
League Division One
26/03/1932 West Ham United v Arsenal D 1-1
League Division One
5/1/1946 West Ham United v Arsenal L 6-0 FA Cup
09/01/1946 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 FA Cup
8/11/1958 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0
League Division One
28/03/1959 Arsenal v West Ham United L 1-2
League Division One
14/11/1959 Arsenal v West Ham United L 1-3
League Division One
02/04/1960 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0
League Division One
05/11/1960 West Ham United v Arsenal L 6-0
League Division One
25/03/1961 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0
League Division One
2/12/1961 Arsenal v West Ham United D 2-2
League Division One
21/04/1962 West Ham United v Arsenal D 3-3
League Division One
13/10/1962 Arsenal v West Ham United D 1-1
League Division One
2/3/1963 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-4
League Division One
09/11/1963 Arsenal v West Ham United D 3-3
League Division One
21/03/1964 West Ham United v Arsenal D 1-1
League Division One
14/11/1964 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-3
League Division One
27/03/1965 West Ham United v Arsenal L 2-1
League Division One
20/11/1965 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-2
League Division One
16/04/1966 West Ham United v Arsenal L 2-1
League Division One
23/08/1966 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1
League Division One
29/08/1966 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2
League Division One
05/10/1966 Arsenal v West Ham United L 1-3 League Cup
25/11/1967 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0
League Division One
29/03/1968 West Ham United v Arsenal D 1-1
League Division One
26/10/1968 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0
League Division One
21/4/1969 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2
League Division One
25/08/1969 West Ham United v Arsenal D 1-1
League Division One
4/4/1970 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1
League Division One
17/08/1970 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0
League Division One
09/01/1971 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0
League Division One
04/12/1971 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0
League Division One
22/04/1972 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1
League Division One
29/08/1972 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0
League Division One
28/04/1973 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2
League Division One
24 Nov 1973 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-3
League Division One
06 Apr 1974 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0
League Division One
26 Oct 1974 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-0
League Division One
08 Mar 1975 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-2 FA Cup
28 Apr 1975 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0
League Division One
29 Nov 1975 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0
League Division One
20 Mar 1976 Arsenal v West Ham United W 6-1
League Division One
11 Sep 1976 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-2
League Division One
19 Feb 1977 Arsenal v West Ham United L 2-3
League Division One
01 Oct 1977 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-0
League Division One
25 Feb 1978 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2
League Division One
10 May 1980 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1 FA Cup
05 Dec 1981 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2
League Division One
01 May 1982 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0
League Division One
02 Oct 1982 Arsenal v West Ham United L 2-3
League Division One
10 May 1983 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-3
League Division One
10 Dec 1983 West Ham United v Arsenal L 3-1
League Division One
07 May 1984 Arsenal v West Ham United D 3-3
League Division One
27 Oct 1984 West Ham United v Arsenal L 3-1
League Division One
02 Mar 1985 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1
League Division One
12 Oct 1985 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0
League Division One
15 Mar 1986 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0
League Division One
08 Nov 1986 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0
League Division One
08 Apr 1987 West Ham United v Arsenal L 3-1
League Division One
26 Sep 1987 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0
League Division One
12 Apr 1988 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-1
League Division One
01 Oct 1988 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-4
League Division One
08 Jan 1989 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2 FA Cup
11 Jan 1989 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1 FA Cup
04 Feb 1989 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1
League Division One
02 Nov 1991 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1
League Division One
14 Mar 1992 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-2
League Division One
24 Nov 1993 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
30 Apr 1994 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-2 Premier League
25 Sep 1994 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
05 Mar 1995 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1 Premier League
16 Sep 1995 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 Premier League
24 Feb 1996 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
17 Aug 1996 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
29 Jan 1997 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
24 Sep 1997 Arsenal v West Ham United W 4-0 Premier League
06 Jan 1998 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 League Cup
02 Mar 1998 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
08 Mar 1998 Arsenal v West Ham United D 1-1 FA Cup
17 Mar 1998 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-1 FA Cup
26 Dec 1998 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 Premier League
06 Feb 1999 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-4 Premier League
03 Oct 1999 West Ham United v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
02 May 2000 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
21 Oct 2000 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
03 Mar 2001 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-0 Premier League
15 Dec 2001 West Ham United v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
24 Apr 2002 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
24 Aug 2002 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
19 Jan 2003 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-1 Premier League
24 Sep 2005 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
01 Feb 2006 Arsenal v West Ham United L 2-3 Premier League
05 Nov 2006 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
07 Apr 2007 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-1 Premier League
29 Sep 2007 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
01 Jan 2008 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
26 Oct 2008 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
31 Jan 2009 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0 Premier League
25 Oct 2009 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
03 Jan 2010 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 FA Cup
20 Mar 2010 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
30 Oct 2010 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 Premier League
15 Jan 2011 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-3 Premier League
06 Oct 2012 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
23 Jan 2013 Arsenal v West Ham United W 5-1 Premier League
26 Dec 2013 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
15 Apr 2014 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-1 Premier League
28 Dec 2014 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
14 Mar 2015 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-0 Premier League
09 Aug 2015 Arsenal v West Ham United L 0-2 Premier League
09 Apr 2016 West Ham United v Arsenal D 3-3 Premier League
03 Dec 2016 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-5 Premier League
05 Apr 2017 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-0 Premier League
13 Dec 2017 West Ham United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
19 Dec 2017 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 League Cup
22 Apr 2018 Arsenal v West Ham United W 4-1 Premier League
25 Aug 2018 Arsenal v West Ham United W 3-1 Premier League
12 Jan 2019 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
09 Dec 2019 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
07 Mar 2020 Arsenal v West Ham United W 1-0 Premier League
19 Sep 2020 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-1 Premier League
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