Arsenal delivered a stunning performance against West Ham United, securing a resounding 6-0 victory in a match that showcased their attacking prowess and tactical acumen.The Gunners wasted no time asserting their dominance, with Gabriel Magalhaes among the five players to find the back of the net.
Mikel Arteta’s side displayed a marked improvement in their finishing, making up for previous shortcomings against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
While West Ham’s performance left much to be desired, Arsenal’s swift start and clinical finishing were instrumental in securing the emphatic win. William Saliba and Bukayo Saka were standout performers, with Saka notching his 50th goal for the team.
Despite a brief glimmer of hope for West Ham when Declan Rice scored against his former club, they struggled to mount a comeback. The match concluded with a demoralizing defeat for the home side, compounded by Rice’s decision not to celebrate his goal against his former teammates.
During the broadcast by Sky Sports, instead of immediately moving towards the penalty area, Arsenal defender Gabriel approached the player taking the free-kick, Rice, first. He quietly conveyed a message to Rice before promptly scoring from his delivery shortly thereafter.
Whatever the Arsenal defender said to Rice, it clearly made the difference as the highest scoring centre-back in Europe since 2020 in Gabriel scored again.
Arteta highlighted the team’s desire and determination as key factors in their success, noting that the players were motivated to rectify their previous performance against West Ham. He praised the team’s consistency and collective effort, emphasising their aggression and courage in pressuring the opposition.
When asked what he liked most about our display in east London, Mikel said: “I felt that the team had the right desire, straight after Liverpool, because it was something still in their tummy about what happened with West Ham at the Emirates and we wanted to put it right. If you want to be at the top, we’re going to have to be really consistent and play at that level, and we certainly did it today.
“It’s really difficult to do what we’ve done today against West Ham away and really pleased with the performance collectively and individually and obviously the score tells you the story of the game
“The level of purpose and determination that we showed, how much aggression and the courage that we had to put pressure on the ball all the time. You know they’re going to go direct, how good we were in every duel and everybody was really, really alive to play every ball.”