Gun­ners’ quick­fire goals seal vic­tory

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL -

the hour. Un­til then this was a Lon­don derby with a dis­tinct lack of qual­ity or in­ten­sity, with Bernd Leno sav­ing well from fit-again Michail An­to­nio the only real chance be­fore the Ham­mers hit the front.

Ar­se­nal could not clear their lines from a cor­ner and Og­bonna shoul­dered the ball goal­wards be­fore it can­noned off Ains­ley Mait­land-Niles, called in at the last minute after Hec­tor Bel­lerin was in­jured in the warm-up, and into the net.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse from Ljung­berg’s men and a header well over the bar from Me­sut Ozil was the best they could muster in the first 45 min­utes.

De­clan Rice’s thump­ing strike was kept out by Leno as West Ham looked to dou­ble their ad­van­tage, only for Ar­se­nal to show they can pro­vide the goods when it counts.

Martinelli hit his first

Pre­mier League goal on his first start in the com­pe­ti­tion as he steered in Sead Ko­lasinac’s cross and six min­utes later they were ahead.

Aubameyang spread the ball out wide to Pepe and the club-record sign­ing needed no sec­ond in­vi­ta­tion to curl home a fine fin­ish be­fore celebratin­g in front of the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers.

The Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional then pro­vided the as­sist for Aubameyang, who was just on­side as he hit a crisp vol­ley past David Martin.

The win takes Ar­se­nal up to ninth in the ta­ble and ends an alarm­ing run of form which cost Unai Emery his job, with Ljung­berg still coy on whether he wants to take the reins full-time.

Ei­ther way, he will start plan­ning for a Europa League group game away to Stan­dard Liege on Thurs­day night, while his coun­ter­part Pellegrini will still be hop­ing to be in a job by then.

“We feel good,” said Ar­se­nal striker Aubameyang. “I think we played well in the sec­ond half so we are happy to win this game. We tried to put some tempo in the game and to play fast and find spa­ces, and we did that.

“At half-time, Fred­die [Ljung­berg] told us to play with a higher tempo.

“It was tough but we have the qual­ity in the squad, and if we be­lieve in our­selves, we can go for­ward and win games.

“We will take this sec­ond half as an ex­am­ple for the rest of the sea­son.”

Aubameyang cel­e­brates scor­ing Ar­se­nal’s third goal

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