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Apr 22, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,422
Arsenal
4-1
West HamWest Ham United
Monreal (51'), Ramsey (82'), Lacazette (85', 89')
Xhaka (41'), Maitland-Niles (62'), Mustafi (74')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Arnautovic (64')
Zabaleta (50'), Arnautovic (87')

Result: Arsenal pull away from West Ham United with late rally

Alexandre Lacazette scores twice as Arsenal rally late on to beat West Ham United 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal scored three goals in seven minutes at the end of the game to inflict a 4-1 defeat on West Ham United in Sunday's Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The contest was delicately poised at 1-1 heading into the final 10 minutes following second-half strikes from Nacho Monreal and Marko Arnautovic.

A late rally saw Aaron Ramsey fortuitously find the back of the net to put Arsenal back in front, though, before Alexandre Lacazette added two of his own to kick off the Arsene Wenger farewell tour with a victory.

A shirt paying tribute to Arsene Wenger held by a supporter during the Premier League game between Arsenal and West Ham United on April 22, 2018© Offside

Arsenal struggled to turn their possession into chances in the first half and it was West Ham, sticking with Arnautovic as a false nine, who looked the more likely to net in the opening quarter of the match.

Arnautovic tested stand-in Arsenal stopper David Ospina - one of five changes for the hosts today - with the angle against him 15 minutes in.

Cheikhou Kouyate then got his head to a near-post delivery and looped the ball onto the top of the crossbar, offering another warning for the lacklustre home side.

The Gunners' best openings before the interval fell the way of Danny Welbeck, who guided one edge-of-the-box shot inches wide and sent a diving header over the crossbar.

An injured Mohamed Elneny during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United on April 22, 2018© Offside

Arsenal's first attempt on target saw Joe Hart comfortably keep out Granit Xhaka's free kick, shortly before Wenger's men were dealt a blow with the injury loss of Mohamed Elneny - the midfielder visibly upset as he left the pitch on a stretcher.

An improved showing at the start of the second half saw Arsenal edge in front as, two minutes after blasting a good chance right down the throat of Hart, Hector Bellerin was again left unmarked and this time volleyed a corner past the English keeper.

West Ham were struggling to get out of their own final third, leading to a double substitution as Javier Hernandez and Manuel Lanzini were introduced on the hour.

That double change proved a shrewd choice by David Moyes, with Hernandez heading over the bar moments after coming on and Arnautovic firing over as momentum began to shift.

Arsene Wenger during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United on April 22, 2018© Offside

Arnautovic fared better from his next chance, rifling the ball across Ospina into the far corner with a fine finish to keep West Ham's run of goals in away matches - now at least one in each of their last 10 - going.

Hart produced a good stop down to his left to tip aside Xhaka's goalbound shot, before doing likewise with Welbeck's curler 10 minutes from time.

A big slice of fortune helped the Gunners to regain the lead, as Ramsey's cross for substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left by Declan Rice and caught Hart by surprise, going right the way through.

Lacazette then took over, adding his first through a shot that deflected off Aaron Cresswell past a wrong-footed Hart and a second moments later with a composed finish from a central position inside the box.

Arsenal stay fifth in the table, now 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, while West Ham remain in relegation trouble ahead of a tough run-in.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny (Maitland-Niles 45'); Ramsey, Iwobi (Aubameyang 70'), Welbeck (Chambers 88'); Lacazette

WEST HAM UNITED (3-4-2-1): Hart; Ogbonna, Rice, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku (Carroll 86'); Fernandes (Lanzini 60'), Mario (Hernandez 60'); Arnautovic

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