Don’t miss the complete replay and exciting highlights of the intense match between Arsenal and West Ham United. The game kicked off at 20:15 (GMT) on the 28th of December 2023 at Emirates Stadium, officiated by the renowned M. Oliver. It was a thrilling showdown as part of the England – Premier League, Week 19, Season 2023/2024. Catch all the action and drama from this electrifying encounter!
Arsenal vs West Ham United Full Match Reports
West Ham United concluded the year 2023 with a steadfast performance, clinching a 2-0 triumph over Arsenal in the Premier League (PL) and maintaining an unblemished record against the Gunners for the third consecutive head-to-head encounter.
In the opening minute, James Ward-Prowse unleashed a shot, setting an early tone, yet Arsenal swiftly seized control of possession. Displaying confidence, Bukayo Saka penetrated the defense, but his meek shot was saved. The tide shifted just 13 minutes in when chaos ensued between Gabriel Magalhães and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Emerson Palmieri’s cross. Jarrod Bowen capitalized, setting up Tomáš Souček for a straightforward finish.
Undaunted, the hosts persisted with ball possession, yet West Ham’s resolute defense held firm. It wasn’t until the half-hour mark that Arsenal tested Areola, with Saka heading towards goal from Gabriel Jesus’ flicked pass. Despite Lucas Paquetá’s injury-related departure, West Ham maintained their composure. A lapse from Edson Álvarez and a precise ball from Martin Ødegaard granted Saka an opportunity, but the winger’s shot met the post.
The second half mirrored the first, with Arsenal controlling possession and West Ham displaying defensive resilience. Declan Rice attempted a long-range strike, grazing the roof of the net. A cross once again troubled Arsenal, with Konstantinos Mavropanos rising above Gabriel to head in off the woodwork, marking the center-back’s inaugural goal for the Hammers. Despite Gabriel Jesus’ attempts, including a header saved by Areola, Arsenal struggled to find the net.
In the narrative of Rice facing his former club, his night worsened with a foul on Emerson Palmieri. Although David Raya saved Saïd Benrahma’s penalty, the final whistle confirmed West Ham’s first away clean sheet in the PL this season and their ninth victory in the last 12 competitions. Notably, West Ham handed Arsenal their only two home defeats in the current season, leaving the Gunners with just one win in their last five competitions and trailing Liverpool in the league standings.
Man of the Match: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).