Arsenal reclaimed fourth spot within the Premier League with an necessary victory at West Ham and dented the Hammers’ personal possibilities of securing European soccer subsequent season.
The Gunners knew solely a win would raise them again into the Champions League locations after Tottenham beat Leicester earlier within the afternoon, however Mikel Arteta’s aspect responded by grinding out a significant three factors at London Stadium.
It was Arteta’s centre-backs who got here up with the products, with Gabriel Magalhaes nodding the winner early within the second half after Rob Holding had opened the scoring from Bukayo Saka’s Thirty eighth-minute nook.
Jarrod Bowen did pull the Hammers stage simply earlier than the break, controlling Vladimir Coufal’s cross and squeezing a strike into the underside nook in what was a reward for a powerful first-half efficiency.
But David Moyes’ outfit failed to succeed in these ranges after going behind for a second time – and defeat leaves them seventh, three factors behind sixth-placed Manchester United with three video games remaining.
Gunners grind out important win
The Gunners are determined to return to Europe’s elite competitors subsequent season and Arteta’s aspect have loved the benefit of getting no continental soccer this time period, which means all their assets may be targeted on reaching a top-four end for the primary time since 2015-16.
West Ham’s solely practical likelihood of qualifying for the Champions League now’s to win the Europa League – and Moyes’ workforce could be forgiven for having one eye on overturning their 2-1 deficit within the semi-final second leg towards Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday.
Arsenal struggled to get a foothold, although, earlier than Eddie Nketiah’s intelligent run and low shot pressured a nook, from which Holding climbed highest to move in Saka’s supply for his first Premier League purpose.
Bowen’s sensible end pulled the Hammers stage getting ready to half-time. But, after the hosts didn’t correctly clear a nook, Gabriel was left unmarked on the again publish to move in Gabriel Martinelli’s 54th-minute cross, beating former Arsenal stopper Lukasz Fabianski at his close to publish.
Nketiah may have sealed the success on the break, solely to twist huge, however the 22-year-old continued to show a risk after once more being trusted to guide the road for Arsenal.
The guests weren’t at their fluent finest, however because the battle with north London rivals Spurs hots up – and with the Gunners heading to Tottenham every week on Thursday – restoring their two-point benefit was an important final result for Arsenal.
Hammers’ season in peril of petering out
Injuries and suspensions have hit the Hammers they usually discovered themselves with out three senior centre-backs in Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna on Sunday, with left-back Aaron Cresswell chosen to associate Kurt Zouma.
That might have been partly accountable for the hosts coming unstuck twice from set-pieces, however this was additionally West Ham’s 52nd match of the season – 11 greater than Arsenal have performed – they usually struggled to unpick the Gunners as the sport wore on.
The hosts discovered themselves behind regardless of having the higher of the opening half an hour. They responded to Holding’s opener inside seven minutes when Bowen grabbed his tenth top-flight purpose of the marketing campaign, changing into the primary Englishman to succeed in double figures for the membership since Kevin Nolan in 2012-13.
Moyes turned to Michail Antonio, rested earlier than Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg, with 19 minutes remaining to attempt to discover a leveller for the second time, however the ahead solely managed one contact within the opposition field.
The Hammers have now dropped factors in every of their previous 4 Premier League matches following a Europa League fixture, whereas this loss introduced their six-game unbeaten dwelling run within the league to an finish.
More worryingly for Moyes, his aspect are winless of their previous 4 Premier League outings – and the Scot won’t need what has been a productive season to fizzle out now.
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