2020-21 English Premier League
  • Alexandre Lacazette (25')
  • Edward Nketiah (85')
  • Michail Antonio (45')

Late Nketiah strike gives Arsenal 2-1 win over West Ham

A late goal from substitute Eddie Nketiah gave Arsenal a 2-1 home win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday after Michail Antonio's first-half strike for the visitors had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's 50th goal for the Gunners.

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West Ham were more organised playing with a five-man defence than in their opening 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United as they faced an Arsenal side fresh from a 3-0 win at promoted Fulham.

But the hosts broke through in the 25th minute when captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, fresh from signing a new three-year deal, sprang onto a through ball down the left and chipped across to Lacazette, who headed past keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

The visitors had a decent claim for a penalty shortly before halftime when Arsenal's new signing Gabriel Magalhaes appeared to handle but the video assistant referee judged otherwise.

West Ham levelled just before halftime with a brilliantly worked move from deep in their own half. Tomas Soucek ran the ball through the middle and sent a pass wide to Ryan Fredericks who whipped it into the path of Antonio to net from close range.

The Hammers forward has scored nine times since play resumed in June after a three-month break due to the new coronavirus, more than any Premier League player apart from Raheem Sterling.

Antonio nearly doubled his tally with another tap-in shortly after the restart, but Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno got down at his feet to smother the ball right on the goal-line.

Instead, Nketiah claimed all three points for the hosts when he latched onto a Dani Ceballos layoff in the 85th, having come on less than 10 minutes before to replace Lacazette.

"It's nice to get on and help the team win," Nketiah told Sky Sports. "It's a great feeling to come on and score."

The victory means Arsenal have won 11 of their past 12 home games against the Hammers in all competitions.

"I'm glad we found the right moment and kept competing and believing, with good momentum in the last 25 minutes," said relieved Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 28 +37 65
2 Manchester United 28 +23 54
3 Leicester City 28 +16 53
4 Chelsea 27 +17 47
5 Everton 26 +6 46
6 Tottenham Hotspur 27 +18 45
7 West Ham United 26 +9 45
8 Liverpool 28 +11 43
9 Aston Villa 26 +11 40
10 Arsenal 27 +7 38
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace 28 -17 34
14 Southampton 27 -11 33
15 Burnley 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United 27 -17 27
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -8 26
18 Fulham 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United 28 -29 14