West Ham 1 Arsenal 3: Martinelli, Pepe and Aubameyang encourage turnaround as Freddie Ljungberg secures first win as boss
BLOODY Hell, the place did that come from?
Struggling Arsenal lastly stopped the rot with three targets in 9 loopy minutes on the London Stadium.
For one of the best of an hour Freddie Ljungberg’s strugglers had stunk the place out towards a West Ham crew going via their very own disaster of confidence.
However Gabriel Martinelli’s objective out of nowhere sparked this most surprising of comebacks earlier than additional strikes from Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed off the dismal Hammers.
“We’re staying up” chanted their delighted supporters as they celebrated their crew’s first win in ten video games.
But these gloating Gooners mustn’t learn an excessive amount of into this outcome.
As a result of their crew are nonetheless drifting aimlessly in mid-table between and miles off the highest 4.
So if the Emirates executives even have a plan, they really want to consider placing it into operation.
4 weeks in the past the Arsenal masterminds insisted: “We firmly imagine Unai Emery is the best man for the job.”
Two weeks later he was sacked.
Then we have been informed that Ljungberg can be given on a regular basis he wanted to regular the ship.
Now it appears they’re wanting to get a brand new boss on board immediately.
It’s nearly as in the event that they don’t know what they’re doing and are simply making all of it up as they go alongside.
The final time they have been available in the market for a brand new supervisor, it took a five-man recruitment crew to unanimously agree on Emery. How did that one go, chaps?
Now they’re right down to a four-man govt panel who will undergo some form of crap Apprentice course of to determine the subsequent coach to be abused by the world’s angriest supporters.
The membership are already passing up on about £45million-a-year as a consequence of three successive seasons out of the Champions League.
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In fact they might nonetheless scrape into UEFA’s prime membership competitors by profitable the Europa League subsequent Might.
However, come on, let’s be severe.
Actually they’re extra prone to miss out on European qualification altogether for the primary time in 25 years, costing them one other £30million.
And having simply reported a £23.5million loss for the final monetary 12 months, that’s the very last thing Stan Kroenke can afford after taking out a £557million financial institution mortgage to purchase the membership outright final 12 months.
One way or the other, God is aware of how, Arsenal are nonetheless thought of the ninth-best crew in Europe in accordance the present UEFA rankings.
The Premier League desk, although, tells a totally completely different story, with Ljungberg’s crew arriving on the London Stadium within the backside half and simply 4 factors above the drop zone.
To make issues worse, Hector Bellerin was injured within the pre-match warm-up and had to get replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Not that West Ham are in a lot better form after taking simply 4 factors from their earlier eight video games to go away Manuel Pellegrini getting ready to becoming a member of Emery on the Job Centre.
However no less than they seemed as if they have been up for a scrap, which was greater than may very well be stated for many of this sorry Arsenal facet for a lot of this sport.
Hopes that Ljungberg’s appointment as interim supervisor would provoke a response from their torpid stars have rapidly been lowered.
Along with his immaculate cheekbones and good jumpers, the laid-back Swede was by no means going to instil the form of worry issue which Duncan Ferguson has delivered to Everton.
But absolutely he’s entitled to anticipate greater than a bunch of multi-millionaires going via the motions.
However no less than sticking Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz on the subs’ bench lastly proved to be the rocket up the bottom which Arsenal so desperately want.
Document signing Pepe was restored to the beginning line-up and 18-year-old Martinelli was handed a primary Premier League begin.
But the guests nonetheless didn’t handle a single shot heading in the right direction till Martinelli’s 60th minute equaliser.
Hammers keeper David Martin may hardly have requested for a gentler first look on the London Stadium throughout a dismal first-half.
However for Bernd Leno on the different finish, it was a really completely different story.
The overworked German worldwide needed to look sharp to maintain out Michail Antonio’s fierce angled shot within the 34th minute.
However he had no probability 4 minutes later when Angelo Ogbonna’s agency header flew previous him through an enormous deflection of the again of Maitland-Niles.
It might need been completely different if Granit Xhaka hadn’t ducked out of Ogbonna’s manner because the West Ham centre-half threw himself at Pablo Fornals’ cross.
However it’s most likely finest to not criticise the Swiss worldwide in case he throws one other hissy match.
Robert Snodgrass thought he ought to have had a penalty proper on the finish of the first-half when he was shoved over by Sead Kolasinac, however referee Mike Dean was having none of it.
Declan Rice examined Leno’s dealing with with one other highly effective shot as West Ham continued to dominate within the second-half.
However whereas most Arsenal gamers have been trying resigned to their destiny, Martinelli had different concepts.
The younger Brazilian has been the one vivid spot on the Emirates this season, scoring seven instances in seven Europa League and Carabao Cup appearances.
Now he has added Premier League goalscorer to his CV, calmly steering Kolasinac’s pull-back into the underside nook to spark the fightback.
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Impressed by his teenage team-mate, Pepe reduce inside Arthur Masuaku to curve an unstoppable shot past Martin’s attain 5 minutes later.
And any worries about one other late collapse have been banished when Aubameyang turned on Pepe’s 69th minute move to bag his 13th objective of the season.
The Arsenal fightback is on. At the very least till Thursday.