West Ham United – Arsenal: Gunners Blast Irons To Smithereens (0-6)
Arsenal last left the London Stadium with title ambitions tainted, they left this time with those ambitions invigorated. Off-ball movements and set-piece routines carved through an uncharacteristic West Ham United, that seems torn on its future.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
A 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium gave David Moyes a clear view of the glass ceiling above him. A month without a win has changed the conversation, and with a contract expiring at the end of the season, it appears West Ham are at a crossroads.
No one has got West Ham to the consistent levels that Moyes has achieved, but Premier League clubs are no longer looking for stern battlers, comfortable without the ball for long periods. The triumph at the Emirates was Moyes’ first away win at Arsenal after twenty attempts (he has similar records at other big clubs). Grim games are always on the cards, but are West Ham happy with rigid sustainability or will they rip up their own roots?
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