A clearly fatigued West Ham have been crushed 2-1 by Arsenal on Sunday in what could possibly be a vital blow to the Hammers’ top-six hopes.

The Irons went into the sport nicely conscious {that a} win would see them leapfrog Manchester United ahead of their recreation in opposition to Brentford on Monday night.

However the Hammers have been significantly poor within the second half in a London derby that by no means actually burst into life.

The primary 25 minutes have been devoid of incident however then Manuel Lanzini had an opportunity on the again publish after a cross was deflected into his path, solely to see the shot nicely blocked.

And Arsenal’s opener happened within the 38th minute. Jarrod Bowen gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and Martin Odegaard discovered Eddie Nketiah, whose shot was nicely saved by Lukasz Fabianski. The ensuing nook discovered Rob Holding, and he headed into the underside nook.

The Hammers practically had an instantaneous response, when Declan Rice met one other nook, however Aaron Ramsdale made an distinctive save.

Bowen managed to atone for his earlier error on the stroke of half-time, as Vlad Coufal discovered him with a cross, and he swivelled and shot into the underside nook, with assistance from a deflection.

It appeared as if the objective got here on the excellent time, however the Hammers confirmed subsequent to nothing within the second half when it got here to a objective menace.

Mikey Antonio, Tomas Soucek, and Andriy Yarmolenko have been all despatched on as substitutes however it did nothing to encourage something from the Irons within the ultimate third.

The winner really got here on 54 minutes, when defender Gabriel headed residence on the again publish, after some extra lax marking within the field.

Nketiah had a few probabilities so as to add some shine to the scoreline for Arsenal however he was wasteful when offered with a chance.

A desperately disappointing efficiency from the Irons.

The small matter of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg looms; we must play lots higher than this to win in Germany.

Author: Londonlad

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