Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has singled out Leandro Trossard for praise following Arsenal dominant display against West Ham United on Sunday.
The Gunners delivered a masterclass performance, decimating West Ham United in a thrilling encounter at the London Stadium. Arsenal left their mark early, commanding the first half with a resounding 4-0 lead that left fans in awe.
The onslaught commenced just after the half-hour mark when William Saliba broke the deadlock with a precise header, setting the tone for Arsenal’s dominance. Moments later, Bukayo Saka extended the lead from the penalty spot, capitalizing on his opportunity with precision.
Gabriel Magalhaes further solidified Arsenal’s lead with a well-executed header following a stellar delivery from Declan Rice. However, it was Leandro Trossard’s sensational strike just before halftime that stole the show. The Belgian maestro found the top corner with finesse after a seamless link-up with Martin Odegaard, leaving spectators in awe of his skill.
While West Ham’s defensive frailties were glaring, Roy Keane, speaking on Sky Sports, reserved praise for Trossard amid the carnage. Keane, known for his candid analysis, expressed frustration at West Ham’s lackluster performance, emphasizing their shortcomings in defense.
In contrast, Keane lauded Arsenal’s efficiency and Trossard’s clinical finish, acknowledging the Gunners’ ability to capitalize on their opportunities. Mikel Arteta echoed similar sentiments, highlighting Trossard’s strategic integration into the game plan.
“It’s something very different and the way I had the game in my head, and the spaces and behaviours that they have, how we could hurt them the most with Leo and Kai in those positions. And then we saw that in the executions – credit to them, they did really, really well.”
Arteta’s tactical acumen proved pivotal as Arsenal executed their game plan flawlessly, exploiting spaces and capitalizing on scoring opportunities. The manager’s pre-game instructions emphasized the importance of overcoming West Ham’s resilience, a challenge the team embraced wholeheartedly.
In a post-match reflection, Arteta emphasised the team’s collective effort and determination to secure victory against a formidable opponent.
“Time to beat West Ham. We all knew it, we all had it in our tummies and we knew that it was going to be a really tough match, and we have to do certain things better especially in both boxes than in the previous match. We certainly did that today.”