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West Ham vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction as Gabriel earns vital win

The Brazilian defender earned the win at the London Stadium after Jarrod Bowen cancelled out Rob Holding’s opener

Dylan Terry
Sunday 01 May 2022 20:30
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Arteta expects “twists and turns” in race for top four

Arsenal tightened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League after goals from centre-backs Rob Holding and Gabriel delivered a 2-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Gunners struck from corners in each half to secure a crucial three points in their race for Champions League qualification and for the time being hold off closest rivals Tottenham, who overcame Leicester 3-1 earlier in the day.

Bukayo Saka was an influential figure throughout and Arsenal would have won more comfortably had Eddie Nketiah not been so wasteful, but West Ham were magnificent given their Europa League semi-final commitments and shortage of defenders.

Star forward Michail Antonio only appeared as a second-half substitute after Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt and Declan Rice started even though the away leg is only four days away.

West Ham’s biggest problems were in defence, however, where injury and suspension left Kurt Zouma as the only fit centre-back and at times even he appeared to still be hampered by his recent ankle injury.

But they emptied the tanks and took the game to their London rivals for long spells, looking the stronger side and equalising through Jarrod Bowen before eventually falling to a defeat that mathematicaly ends their own designs on fourth place.

For all the demands of their European campaign, West Ham started brightly and Aaron Ramsdale needed to act decisively to deal with an inswinging corner by Bowen.

Saka was determined to make something happen for Arsenal during a promising attack that eventually came to a halt.

West Ham were on top but there were few thrills at either end and when Holding inexplicably passed the ball into touch it summed up a lifeless opening spell.

When action did occasionally break out it took place at Arsenal’s end and in the 30th minute it needed a determined block from Holding to deny Manuel Lanzini from close range after Vladimir Coufal’s pass had deflected off Nuno Tavares.

Rice shot straight into the arms of Ramsdale but soon after it became the Gunners’ turn to threaten, with Nketiah the catalyst as they crept ahead against the run of play.

Nketiah threaded his way into the box to force a save from Lukasz Fabianski and from the ensuing corner Saka found Holding, who nodded home his first Premier League goal.

Rice was at the heart of West Ham’s response that meant they entered half-time all square as he forced a smart save from Ramsdale before launching the move that led to their equaliser.

A long pass into the box found Coufal and the Czech defender controlled the ball brilliantly before picking out Bowen, whose shot deflected off Gabriel and into the net.

The second half started at a frantic pace as Bowen was shown a yellow card for simulation as he avoided Ramsdale’s lunge, amid a breathless spell for West Ham that ended abruptly when Arsenal added a second.

Once again they pounced from a corner as the ball found Gabriel Martinelli, who crossed to his unmarked namesake and fellow Brazilian for a diving header that beat Fabianski at the far post.

A flare hurled from the away fans’ section was cleared off the pitch and play resumed with Nketiah failing to make the most of a strong chance as Arsenal broke incisively.

Nketiah’s wasteful afternoon continued as he sent his best opportunity yet wide of the right post, but the visitors had already done enough for the win in spite of West Ham’s late endeavour.

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Here is the interview with Aaron Ramsdale and Rob Holding. You can feel how key that win is for the Arsenal players.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:47
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Next up for Arsenal is a home game against relegation-threatened Leeds, while Spurs travel to Anfield to take on title-chasing Liverpool.

Could the Gunners be five points clear of Tottenham by this time next week?

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:41
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Aaron Ramsdale has given his thoughts after Arsenal’s crucial win over West Ham in their hunt for a top four place.

He told Sky Sports: “It was vital we won. I didn’t know the [Tottenham] score before I went out but of course that was important if we want fourth or even third if we are looking higher.

“I didn’t touch Jarrod Bowen, I was a yard away. He’s a good lad Jarrod, he jumped straight up and was honest and said I didn’t touch him. He thought I was going to make contact.”

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:35
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Arsenal move back above Spurs. Four games remain. Two-point advantage in the race for Champions League qualification.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:30
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Full-time: Arsenal get over the line to move back into the top four.

Rob Holding broke the deadlock with his first Premier League goal, before Jarrod Bowen equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Gabriel then restored Arsenal’s lead 10 minutes into the second half and West Ham offered absolutely nothing going forward in the final half hour.

Mikel Arteta’s men pick up another priceless victory.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:24
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90+4 mins: Nketiah wins the softest of free-kicks. That’ll do it.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:22
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90+3 mins: West Ham are coming forward in search of an equaliser but they have barely laid a glove on Arsenal in this second half.

Arsenal break as Nketiah finds Smith Rowe. He lays it off to Lokonga inside the penalty area but the substitute leathers a shot into the stands.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:21
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90+1 mins: SUB! Martin Odegaard is taken off. Albert Sambi Lokonga is on.

Four minutes of stoppage time have been indicated.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:19
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90 mins: YELLOW! Nketiah creates some handbags by blocking the taking of a quick free-kick. Rice is fuming. Nketiah is booked.

Cresswell is also booked. Didn’t see why.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:19
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89 mins: West Ham free-kick is booted straight out of play for a goal kick to Arsenal. Woeful.

Dylan Terry1 May 2022 18:16

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