Arsenal, placed 5th in the League, took on 9th place West Hame at the London stadium. The West Ham Vs Arsenal game ended with an upsetting 1-0 loss for the away side.
Both teams played well, but West Ham managed to edge past the Gunners with a solitary goal from youngster Declan Rice.
Arsenal had a chance to maintain their 3 points lead over Mancher United, who played against Tottenham tonight and astonishingly won 1-0. But, now are mauling over their blunder, wishing that their North London rivals did them a favour.
The West Ham Vs Arsenal tie was a mixed bag of positives and negatives for the Gunners and they must address a few things if they are to get any place concrete with Unai Emery.
💬 "We lost a great opportunity to take three points and get closer to Chelsea."
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2019
The Young Guns During The West Ham Vs Arsenal Match
The display from Arsenal’s youngsters was perhaps the only thing that the Arsenal faithful had to be pleased about from the West ham Vs Arsenal fixture.
Both Guendouzi and Alex Iwobi had a brilliant game. They did the job asked of them and threatened to breakdown the resilient West Ham defence time and time again.
Guendouzi also had a decent game and will not have much to complain about. The French starlet had a few efforts on goal from range that managed to get the fans excited, though none of them found the back of the net.
With the likes of Ozil and Mkhitaryan missing, it was up to these youngsters to provide the creativity during the West Ham Vs Arsenal game. Though they played well, the lack of creativity cannot be completely dismissed. Aubameyang and Lacazette were deprived of any real clear cut chance in front of goal.
Iwobi and Guendouzi’s form is a plus point for the squad at the moment, However, a creative midfielder is a must have for Arsenal, especially with Ozil’s future at the club on the line.
What on earth is going on between Ozil and Emery at Arsenal? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/5I8LFexGwY
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 12, 2019
Players Returning From Injury Ahead Of The West Ham Vs Arsenal Game
Arsenal’s Injury hit squad had been a source of a constant headache for Unai Emery in his brief period at the club.
The fact that a few of the players who had been sidelined by injury until now made their return was one positive that Arsenal can take away from the otherwise upsetting loss.
Hector Bellarine’s return to the squad is especially a happy sight for the Gunners, who have struggled to fill the right full-back position in his absence.
Nacho Monreal was also named as a substitute in the West Ham Vs Arsenal game, and though he did not play, his return will also boost the squad for the future.
The Aaron Ramsey Situation
Aaron Ramsey imminent departure from the club is a matter of huge concern for Unai Emery. The Welsh international has been an integral part of the squad despite injury and proved his mettle once again when he came on a substitute against the Hammers.
Ramsey had a very good game and linked the defence and attack well, which seemed to be missing before his arrival.
Emery must find a replacement for the 28-year-old midfielder whose quality on the pitch will surely be missed once he leaves the club.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 12, 2019
Lack of Clean Sheets
Arsenal has now conceded 10 goals in its last 4 away games. Defensive stability has been Arsenal’s Achilles heel throughout the first half of the season.
The strikers have bailed out their colleagues in most of Arsenals’s game this season.