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Arsenal recover to sink Hammers for Emery’s first win

Arsenal 3 West Ham 1
Monreal 30, Diop(og) 70, Welbeck 92, Arnautovic 25

On the face of it, this was a very welcomed three points and Arsenal’s first Premier League win under Unai Emery. Goals from Nacho Monreal, an Issa Diop own goal and substitute Danny Welbeck sunk the Hammers who took the lead through Marco Arnautovic’s powerful drive from outside the box. Despite a defence of the very fragile kind, the Gunners managed to prevent conceding further goals, but in truth, Petr Cech played his part as did some indifferent finishing from the visitors. Not so from Arsenal in attack. Here the Gunners appear to have got it right, and Emery will have been heartened with the first goals at the Emirates. Hector Bellerin and Monreal were more wingers than defenders and that is something that will need to be tempered. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was once again unable to open his account for the season, however after two defeats, this win will give Arsenal a platform to build from.

Ramsey salutes new Arsenal resolve and arrival of Cech

Aaron Ramsey has become accustomed to the Wembley wining habit, and Sunday’s lifting of the Community Shield with the 1-0 win over Chelsea completed the sixth consecutive time the Gunners have prevailed at the home of English football. From the stuttering penalties win against Wigan Athletic in the 2014 FA Cup semi-final and subsequent lifting of the FA Cup against Hull City that year, Arsenal have gone on to beat Manchester City in last season’s Community Shield match, followed by the 2015 FA Cup semi-final win over Reading, and then the 4-0 FA Cup Final mauling of Aston Villa in May. Seeing of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea last weekend, Ramsey believes the Gunners can build on this success.

Arsenal exit Champions League at Bayern

Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1
(Schweinsteiger 54, Podolski 57)

Arsenal exited the Champions League at the last 16 stage and at the hands of Bayern Munich for the second consecutive year. On the night, the Gunners gave a better account of themselves, Lukas Podolski levelled for Arsene Wenger’s side after Bastian Schweinsteiger had given the reigning Champions League title holders a second half lead. As with two years ago however, Arsenal’s chances all but evaporated from the first leg, and this year at the Emirates stadium, Wojciech Szczesny seeing red early in the first half with a challenge on Arjen Robben would cost the London side. That decision and Mesut Özil’s missed penalty effectively killed the tie, and proving to be mortal over two legs, Robben however was up to his old tricks at the Allianz Arena seeking every chance to fall over at the merest hint of a nudge.

View of the Emirates Stadium

View of the Emirates Stadium