I did say Arsenal needed to make the London Stadium feel like home and boy, did they do it in style!
To me, it feels like Arsenal are "home from home". #WHUvAFC
— Ese Agboaye (@A96oaye) December 3, 2016
Arsenal ran riot against a hapless West Ham side as Arsene Wenger’s side came away with maximum points.
The first half saw Mesut Ozil open the proceedings as he took advantage of an Angelo Ogbonna error of judgment. A pass from Sanchez helped in the build-up.
At 1-0 in the second half, there was a small slump which Arsenal fans were all too familiar with, as Arsenal failed to take chances. I was also getting the feeling that West Ham might score at that stage but that wasn’t to be as Alexis Sanchez had his say, he extended the lead for his side after beating a couple of defenders and finishing brilliantly past Darren Randolph.
Eight minutes after his first goal, Sanchez put his side even further in the lead.
Andy Carroll did score a consolation for his side shortly after coming on thanks to a “Payetesque” free kick which hit the crossbar but Carroll was quick thinking in scoring the rebound but that wasn’t the end as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez put the Hammers to the sword with a long-range strike and a brilliant chip respectively. But was Sanchez offside?
As for West Ham, they are now teetering even closer to relegation after that thrashing. Arsenal move up to second and after Liverpool’s defeat to Bournemouth they retain that position.
So, like at the Boleyn Ground last season, six goals were scored but this time, it was five for Arsenal, and a measly one for relegation threatened West Ham.
Slaven Bilic has said it like it is by saying that his side were just not good enough. He also added that the defeat was a humiliation and that his side didn’t have the intensity and quality which comes from dedication. This was hardly helped after James Collins was forced off with only seven minutes played.
Arsene Wenger praised his side, he described the performance as convincing. I mentioned in my match preview that Arsenal had to take advantage of West Ham still settling into their new home and Wenger echoed that by saying he saw that West Ham weren’t confident playing at home.
My thoughts on the game
Going into this match, I knew this was a game which Arsenal couldn’t afford to drop points if they wanted to remain within touching distance of leaders Chelsea and after they beat Manchester City, a win at London Stadium became that bit more important.
At times, I thought Arsenal would “do an Arsenal”, especially when they were creating chances but not scoring. Before kick-off, I didn’t think Arsenal would roll over West Ham but having seen the result, I wasn’t surprised to see that Arsenal won so convincingly. Arsenal could’ve scored A LOT more goals but a win is a win I suppose.
West Ham were miles away from the side that had the upper hand against Arsenal in the 3-3 draw last season. Forget the fact that the Hammers are playing at a new stadium, Bilic’s side were just plain awful. They were very wasteful in front of goal, which contributed to their heavy defeat.
So, Arsenal start “Dream December” (just hope I haven’t jinxed that) in the best possible way. Oh, and look! They’re still unbeaten on the road and haven’t lost since losing to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season.
Up next for Arsenal is a midweek trip to the club Mohamed Elneney and Granit Xhaka used to play for.
As for West Ham, a daunting task of beating Liverpool up north awaits.
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