Arsenal have lost two-goal leads against West Ham for the second week running – potentially jeopardising their chances of winning the Premier League crown even more severely.
Mikel Arteta’s side were on track for their sixth successive London derby win, yet allowed West Ham equalise in an extraordinary turn of events at London Stadium resulting in a 2-2 tie.
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side threw away another two-goal lead in the Premier League as they fell to West Ham 2-2 and conceded another two goals after Gabriel Jesus scored and Martin Odegaard netted with his trademark volley early in the first half. Said Benrahma scored before Bukayo Saka missed a penalty before Jarrod Bowen equalised before ending up equaliser himself.
But ultimately it wasn’t enough as West Ham took control of the second half. Jesus finally scored his inaugural goal of the season after an extended wait – quickly taking advantage of their defensive weakness to score from close range.
He ran into the box with arms raised, saw all but West Ham defenders out, and volleyed in a cross from Mikel Arteta – and scored! Fans will never forget this goal and it showed just how quickly he is adapting to life at Arsenal – making an immediate impactful statement about their new striker from Manchester City’s successful debut at their former venue.
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Bukayo Saka misses a penalty
Arsenal failed to capitalize on a second-half goal chance against Leeds during an exciting encounter, where VAR science and controversy played a vital role. Bukayo Saka secured their win as he scored his inaugural England goal during an unforgettable performance for Arsenal.
Hale End Academy graduate Josh Knight has made an instantaneous impactful on the club since making his debut season. Under Mikel Arteta he has established himself on either wing but excels most when deployed as wide attacking midfield.
He is well known for his ability to drift infield and play between the lines (below), using his pace and quick thinking to progress play quickly (above). It remains a rare trait in English football.
Saka has established himself as an influential forward during his time with West Ham United and has received the support of both manager Gareth Southgate and England teammate Ryan Giggs. Even his penalty miss in Euro 2020 didn’t deter him, despite an onslaught of racist abuse directed towards him online.
Said Benrahma pulls one back
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have twice since last week thrown away two-goal leads that could prove pivotal to their title challenge, only for Said Benrahma to score their own goal and for Bukayo Saka to miss from the penalty spot, leading them into another draw at London Stadium despite going two goals up in 10 minutes against West Ham. They raced into an early lead against them but allowed Said Benrahma’s goal against West Ham back through while Saka missed from the spot after halftime as they held to 2-2 draw after leading by two goals after 10 minutes at London Stadium.
Irons were given a lifeline when Thomas Partey gave away their chance of victory when he was dispossessed by Declan Rice and fed Lucas Paqueta into the box, where Gabriel tried to pull out of a sliding challenge but his knees took out both players resulting in Benrahma converting from the penalty spot.
West Ham scored for the first time ever in an away London Derby and their 2-2 draw was enough to keep their hopes alive of survival. Arsenal will look to regroup against City in next weekend’s clash.
Jarrod Bowen equalises
Mikel Arteta’s side were unfortunate to surrender two-goal leads twice within seven days as Bukayo Saka missed from penalty spot and Jarrod Bowen scored in injury time to level. Just like at Liverpool last week, frustrated Arsenal fans were left wondering why their team had let another two-goal advantage slip away at an important title race meeting.
After half-time, Arsenal were transformed. It appeared they would hold onto an important point that kept them just one point off Manchester City in the title race; but Saka’s miss from the penalty spot was followed by Thilo Kehrer’s looping pass into Jarrod Bowen who fired past Aaron Ramsdale to give City an advantage in terms of goal difference.
West Ham are still vulnerable to falling into the relegation zone, but David Moyes’ men can try to push up the table by beating Gent on Thursday. They currently lie four points clear of danger while an Europa Conference quarter-final remains within two weeks’ reach.
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