During the first 14 rounds in the Premier League, ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Arsenal have been gaining momentum every week.
Every time it seemed that the Gunners would stop, they continued to surprise the fans of world football in general and the English one in particular and went into the break with a gap of 5 points on the one that was behind them - Manchester City.
Tonight (Monday) in the game that sealed the Boxing Day cycle, Mikel Arteta's team hosted at the Emirates Stadium West Ham, who strives to escape from the bottom, another difficult test of character, this after also losing for several weeks Gabriel Jesus, who was injured during the World Cup while participating in a match for the Brazilian national team.
Arsenal's opening was not good when William Saliba, one of the outstanding players of the season so far, tripped Jarrod Bowen in the 27th minute and Saeed Benrahama went to the penalty spot and scored easily on the way to 0:1 for the guest.
Banrahama celebrates West Ham's winning goal, photo: AFP
In the second half, the whole momentum changed and the host made an impressive turnaround with another performance, which at least temporarily increased the gap from City to 8 points.
In the 53rd minute, a weak kick by Martin Odgor reached Bukayo Saka in the box and the winger kicked Lukasz Fabianski's corner on the way to equalization.
Five minutes later came the turnaround when a great team move ended with Granit Xhaka's pass to Gabriel Martinelli who kicked powerfully in.
1:2 to Arsenal.
Odgor watches over Rice, this evening in London, photo: Reuters
Another great move ended with Odgor feeding Eduard Anketier who turned brilliantly and kicked into the far corner.
1:3 to Arsenal, a result that was kept until the end.
This coming Saturday, the leader will play a difficult game against Brighton.
West Ham, on the other hand, will host Brentford on Friday.
Arsenal players celebrate.
Another impressive evening, photo: Getty Images
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