West Ham v Arsenal: Match in pictures
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Arsenal started with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right wing against West Ham, much to the surprise of Jamie Redknapp. The Hammers went 3-0 up against the Gunners and the Sky Sports pundit slammed Mikel Arteta for his team selection at half-time.
Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek put the Hammers ahead but Arsenal hit back.
Soucek put through his own net as did Craig Dawson before Alexandre Lacazette equalised in the 82nd minute to rescue a point for the away side.
Redknapp did not think Arteta got things right with his initial selection at the London Stadium though.
He said on Sky Sports: “They’ve been diabolical up until then. They have been so abject defensively, not laid a glove on anyone.
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“Now they’re right back in it. They can make good changes, Emile Smith Rowe could come on. There’s no reason why they can’t still get something out of this game
“But they should be dead and buried. They have been awful. Especially after how well they played against Tottenham.”
Paul Merson was in the studio as well and agreed with Redknapp.
He added: “That’s what I was talking about before the game – the consistency. One week you get an unbelievable performance, the next week poor.”
Redknapp was not impressed with Arteta’s decision to start Aubameyang on the right wing.
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He exclaimed: “Aubameyang’s on the right. What’s he playing on the right for? Play him on the left he looks better!”
Arsenal have struggled this season and are way outside the top four facing the prospect of no European football next year.
Ahead of the match Arteta said he wasn’t surprised by the success of West Ham in the Premier League.
“Not really,” he said. “I think they have a really strong squad and they have a great manager and coaching staff.
“They started the season with some doubts but I know what David is capable of doing.
“He gets the group together, they’re working really hard for each other, they’ve recruited really well and you can start to see the things that David has done.
“Obviously they have a little bit more time during the week to prepare football matches and training, and I think they’ve been in great form and they’re a really dangerous team.”
Next up for Arsenal is a home clash against Liverpool in the Premier League after the international break.
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