Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Arsenal player ratings vs West Ham: Alexandre Lacazette to the rescue

Arsenal player ratings vs West Ham: Alexandre Lacazette to the rescue

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal farewell started in the flawless manner as the Gunners scored three goals in seven second-half minutes to ease to victory against West Ham at the Emirates.

Giving his first news conference following his announcement on Friday that he will end his reign at Arsenal after a 22nd season in charge, Wenger initially said he did not want to elaborate on the reasons for his decision.

Having proven a divisive figure in recent seasons, the confirmation that Wenger's 22-year tenure will soon be at an end had a unifying impact on the Gunners' fans, who saw Nacho Monreal's second-half goal cancelled out by a fine Marko Arnautovic strike before Ramsey and Lacazette saved the day.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina got down low to his left to keep out a Mario shot moments later as Shkodran Mustafi got back well to block an effort from Arnautovic.

"First of all I am focused on the game", he said.

Arsenal player ratings vs West Ham.

The subtext being: Let's lift the Europa League trophy in my final game.

Record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the bench and Petr Cech missed out with a hip injury.

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The Gunners were without Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere for the encounter.

Despite Wenger's impending departure, the Emirates lacked a celebratory mood as the teams came out.

There was a bigger turnout on Sunday, although there were still a few thousand empty seats at the Emirates.

He eventually managed to do so in the January transfer window swapping places with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and many believed that Wenger and Sanchez were on bad terms when the player finally escaped from London.

Rafael Benitez has praised Newcastle's winning mentality after seeing them effectively secure their Premier League status with five games to spare.

Ten minutes before the break Bellerin spend down the right flank before lifting a cross onto Welbeck's head, dangerously situated in the box.

According to him, Arsène has unparalleled class and everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude.

Defeat leaves West Ham still seven points above the relegation zone, but their chances of survival were boosted as Stoke failed to beat Burnley in a 1-1 draw to remain four points off safety.

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