Friday, June 2, 2023

Report: Arsenal 3-0 West Ham (inc goals)

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Bellerin, Flamini, Cazorla, Welbeck, Akpom

A first half-pile driver from Olivier Giroud and late goals from Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini saw Arsenal win their 5th Premier League game in a row as they beat West Ham 3-0 at the Emirates this afternoon.

There were changes from the team which beat Man Utd at Old Trafford on Monday with recalls for David Ospina, Aaron Ramsey, Calum Chambers, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott – starting his first game since the 2-1 win over Leicester on February 10th.

The England man had a glorious chance to mark his comeback with a goal after a brilliant 5th minute move. Arsenal played the ball down the right, worked it back inside, Mesut Ozil played it into Olivier Giroud who flicked it into the path of Walcott who, from 6 yards out, delayed and allowed himself to be tackled when he really should have scored.

Despite his dallying though, replays showed that Collins didn’t get near the ball ball and, by the letter, it should have been a penalty and a red card for the West Ham man.

The visitors seemed happy to sit deep and force Arsenal narrow as they looked to get on top of the game. A Calum Chambers cross saw Alexis Sanchez force a save from Adrian with a header towards the bottom corner, while at the other end Francis Coquelin had to be at his best to snuff out a dangerous Sakho break.

Mesut Ozil’s fizzing free kick in the 19th minute required solid defending from the Hammers, but there were warning signs at the other end. West Ham got down the left hand side, the ball was pulled back to Kevin Nolan on the edge the box and his first time volley was saved by David Ospina.

Giroud pulled a 23rd minute shot wide from a tight angle, before Aaron Ramsey almost opened the scoring with an improvised effort from inside the box. Chambers cross arrived to him, it was too low for a header, too high for a volley, so he looped the ball towards goal with his thigh only to see Adrian tip it away from underneath the bar.

The Welshman then turned provider, making a great chance for Walcott. Ramsey played him down the inside right channel, the run was great, but the winger took a touch and side-footed it with little power making it easy for Adrian.

Ramsey then set up Alexis whose volley to the near post was saved by the Hammers keeper, before the Chilean picked up a yellow card for handball in the area. Sakho again proved dangerous on the break until Mertesacker and Koscielny sorted him out, and just before half-time Walcott fluffed another opportunity to open the scoring.

He did well to keep the ball alive down the right, played it inside, it came to Ozil whose shot was saved, but rebounded to the England who skewed the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

As the half looked like it would end scoreless, the Gunners took the lead in injury time. Some beautiful interplay between Ozil and Giroud saw it laid off to Ramsey in the area, Giroud took it off his toe, stepped inside and lashed the ball off the far post and into the net to make it 1-0 at the break, and deservedly so for Arsenal who had made chance, just not taken them.

There were no changes for either side as the second half began, although there was a moment of danger when David Ospina spilled a cross at the near post under pressure from Sakho. He required some goalkeeping but it wasn’t altogether convincing as he’d spilled the ball before contact.

West Ham put us under some pressure in the early stages of the second period, with Mertesacker blocking a shot and Arsenal failing to get control of the ball for any sustained spell.

One fantastic break from the Gunners deserved better from the final ball, before Matt Jarvis fired over from 12 yards after a West Ham corner.

We then had the unusual sight of a refereeing change as an injured Chris Foy was replaced Anthony Taylor with fans singing “You’re not fit to referee”.

That was followed up by an Arsenal change as Danny Welbeck replaced Alexis. There was some indecision in the Arsenal attack after lovely play down the left. Ozil involved as we played the ball into the middle, it came back to the German who chose to cross to Waclott rather than shoot himself and Ramsey’s shot bobbled wide.

With the visitors pressing, there was space for Arsenal to exploit but the final ball was lacking when Welbeck tried to feed Walcott allowing Allardyce’s side to clear. It was Theo’s last involvement as he was then replaced by by Santi Cazorla in the 72nd minute.

As the game got a bit tetchy, Ramsey was denied a clear chance by a great Collins tackle, but seconds later he made it 2-0. Arsenal had a throw down the right, Giroud dummied it, and Ramsey played a one-two with the Frenchman before lashing the ball home to make it 2-0.

Arsene Wenger then replaced Ozil with Mathieu Flamini to shut up shop but the Frenchman’s first touch was a goal. Again beautiful interplay between Giroud and Cazorla saw the Spaniard cross to the back post and Flamini was there for a tap-in with his first touch. 3-0.

It was enough for Arsenal to see the game out and move to within a point of Man City who play later this evening.

A solid win sets up an interesting trip to Monaco on Tuesday, where a similar scoreline would see us go through.

Come on unfounded optimism!

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routine…all goals were beautifully worked….comfortable win.

I love Mesut……i’ve never been a basher and i’ve always believed in him, but can anybody tell me why he rarely shoots? I thought it was fucking daft how he cut it back across to theo when he was in a worse position than Ozil was. I think its strange cos whenever he does shoot it’s always a pretty decent attempt. I feel he would have scored both the chances he tried to pass today.

Also, does the footballing universe understand or appreciate just how good Santiago Cazorla is at football?

A$AP Rocastle

He’s probably aware that the Mesut-bashers are always looking for an aspect of his game to insult, so if he shot and didn’t score he knows they would call him selfish, even if it was the best decision.


If that was the reason then he needs to see a sports psychologist, but I doubt it, and deeply hope that was not the reason, or he and we have a problem.


It’s both the genius and the flaw of his game. Happened for Madrid, Germany and now AFC. One of the reasons he has such a high assist rate.


I think he’s just that sort of guy. He plays much better when he can let someone else be in the spotlight. He’s just not a very ruthless guy.

It looks a bit odd because it’s very rare for someone to get to the top of world football without a ruthless, selfish streak. It shows just how good he is to have made it where he has without that all-driving ambition that is so characteristic of the superstar footballer.


Ozil was stand-out as a youngster, played in that under 18’s tournament for Shalke and finished top scorer (5 goals) and won the trophy. seems like it’s something to do with the pressure.Maybe he’d rather pass it to a player and relinquish responsibility to score, because he has the vision and ability to do so (most times). Maybe he doesn’t want the lime light, maybe he isn’t confident in his goal scoring ability, maybe it was because Walcott was calling for it very animatedly. Wilshere has a similar problem, he scored plenty of goals throughout the youth ranks but seems… Read more »

Cornelius P. Snuffington III

So much awesome one-touch passing, great performance overall.

Yes but our finishing was shocking for most of today. Still, if we can win 3-0 and miss a dozen, we could do that at ….


Agree. We have to be far more clinical on wednesday.


Shocking finishing? Ramseys finish was excellent. So was Girouds. The substitutions were great today. And at the perfect time. The only piece of bad finishing was from Walcott, he needs more games. And one time Özil should have shot, or picked off a better pass, that was it! Great result, good performance. And good to build confidence for the Monaco game! The only time i was worried in the game, was in the second half, when we were 1-0 and Özil chose to cross, instead of shooting. Around that time i had a feeling it would cost us! But by… Read more »


Not to mention clinical from Flamini


Our new right wing!!

alexis' shorts

The goals were well taken, but a lot of the chances that didn’t end up in the back were either weak, or well-saved by Adrian. Ozil, played a good game, and remember we didn’t buy him primarily to score goals, we got him to create and he did that. Obviously he should have taken that shot, and it’s a bit concerning to note that this was right after a spell where his passes were a bit off for a few minutes so it seems to have lowered his confidence enough to be too afraid to shoot when any shot on… Read more »

Proff Gooner

And to be able to do this after making changes against those north west scum in the Goalkeeping, Defending, Midfield and Striking department is a testament to the strength in depth!

The squard are now showing more unity in the celebrations displaying a sign of high solidarity.

Keep this up and a trophy or two will be added to the cabinet.

Forever, COYG!!!

bims lay

just imagine we are now just one point from mancity……who would have thought that in the beginning of the year?……fuck all you arsenal hating TV pundits…eat your hear out!!!


The HFB’s one touch and trickery play in the box is a thing of absolute beauty. So intelligent, knows where everyone is and where it should go.


Yeah that has always been the interesting thing about Giroud. He looks like he should be a big (handsome) lump of a center forward but he’s not at all. He’s got an amazing amount of creativity in that 6 foot 4 frame. I don’t think you can find another big center forward player like him in world football, he’s really unique.


How did Alex Song not get a booking? Some terrible tackles from him. Love Flamini’s face when he scored. Last goal in an Arsenal jersey? Well done boys!!

Merlin's Panini

that was fucking quick blogs!


3 more points in the bag! Bring on Monaco! COYG


Thank you Burnley.

I don’t want to jinks our league by saying any more.


Ramsey & koscielnys performances were beautiful


Kos was a solid rock today.

David C

yes, Kos the Boss!

bims lay

the arsenal midfielders and strikers always take the glory when we have a good performance but i agree, kos was imperial today


Ramsey clearly the MOTM. Most touches, most passes, 4 tackles, a goal, probably an assist for the Giroud goal. Brilliant to watch today!


Don’t forget to give credits to Monreal who essentially shut down the entire left side!


and Monreals


Didn’t watch the game but looking at the goal highlights Just reemphasises the role Giroud plays in this team. He not only scored but was significantly involved in all the goals; creating space for pipo to run into.

Funky Gooner

Ramsey looks straight back to form – great display.
Giroud with multiple gorgeous touches in the box and a stunning opening strike
Kos the boss with an absolute masterclass in central defending.
5 wins in a row, finding our form at just the right time….

Pleasure to be a Gooner again!!!!!!


8 in a row at home. Best run at home in 10 years.


What I like most about that is I can safely bask in the knowledge that Emirates is well and truly a fortress nowadays.


Really? I actually thought Rambo was a bit sloppy apart from the goal. Understandable given he’s short of fitness. I agree with Kos praise though, absolutely incredible performance. Theo a little disappointing, a few occasions he dilly-dallied and the chance was gone. He’s got to be more clinical if he wants a new contract.

Funky Gooner

As far as my eyes could tell, Ramsey was fantastic. Yes a few misplaced passes but always looking for the ball, brave in the tackle and often bursting into the final third with pace and power. He looked very sharp especially considering he is just back from an injury lay off.


Great result, attack wise one of the best team performance this season imo. We bossed the first half and honestly could have put the game to bed if Walcott had a bit more confidence in front of goal. We were made to work hard in the 2nd period, but there wasnt really any doubt that we’ll go on to win the game. Chambers was exposed on a few occasions but I thought his delivery into the box and work rate going forward was very positive for someone who have been upsurped by the performances of Bellerin. Giroud was brilliant in… Read more »

bims lay

i agree, but i also think the fact that cazorla was off also helped awaken his team resposibilities


Deft flicks, classy one touch, giroud played like ozil

Atletico Islington

He’s been doing that for a while now – alongside Ozil and Cazorla he’s probably one of our best when it comes to one-touch interplay

‘Good touch for a big man’ as the saying goes

Cape Town Gunner

Very comfortable win. Some very encouraging signs. Toss-up between Giroud and Coquelin for my MOTM, although Koscielny and Monreal deserve mentions too.

Let’s score early in Monaco and give it a right go!

Crash Fistfight

I thought Ramsey was very good myself. Thought Ozil had a good game as well.

Cape Town Gunner

Ozil did have a good game, I expect that from him to be frank. Couple of his final balls went astray today, I accept that though because of the nature of what he’s trying to achieve.


Ozil was excellent – he was sooooo involved!

Cape Town Gunner

Forgot Ramsey. Had an excellent box-to-box performance. Starting to resemble the Ramsey of last season. Great timing of his runs in the final third.


Having a robust Coq at his back, he can make those clever runs he used to last season. Great performance overall.

Dick Swiveller

Played well, nice to see us make a few changes and for tem to actually come in and work out, very few cons.

Props to Theo too, a very un-Theoesque game whre he contributed pretty well in attack and defence but didn’t pop up with a goal, I’d forgive a little rustiness in front of goal though.


Brilliant games by Giroud, Kos and Ramsey. Looking forward to Monaco.

gooner bank

We are back to the best

Perry S.

they say he’s not world class, but they’re all Jack ass. na na na naaaa heyyyy ohhhh gggggiiiroooouuud!

Crash Fistfight

If anyone else watched the channel with Tony Gale as co-commentator, was it just me or did he seem to have some sort of man-crush on Laurent Koscielny today?


When Tony Gale is complimenting an Arsenal player you know something is up.


Lol ya and even the pun-dits were suckin up to Arsenal and puttin as on top of Monaco all coz their favorite team got knocked out on the side note they did not forget to lable ozil was a dissapoinment today
what a bunch of jokers

Red Cannon

Very sensible commentating, that.


This was a good game to win with Monaco who set up similarly.
Great to see that Ramsey had a good game and scored, we could do with a goal from him on Tuesday.


I wonder who Jenks was rooting for, but great game to prep for Monaco! COYG let’s take it to them!

Victor Kimuyu

dominant from start to finish. And flamini scored too. Our coq excelling yet again. Fantastic goals too. OG and ramsey imperious. Walcott so-so but who cares. Bring on monaco.

G Sonic

Any team that can make goals for Flamini is a damm good team.
Arsenal riding on the horse of good fortune. Amazing and exciting times ahead.
Monaco will be fcuked on their own turf

G Sonic

Any team that can make goals for Flamini is a damm good team.
Arsenal riding on the horse of good fortune. Amazing and exciting times ahead.
Monaco will be fcuked on their own turf

There are 3 attributes of God mentioned in Exodus 33:18-19: hen, rachum, and hesed (gracious, compassionate /merciful, and loving kindness).

G Sonic

How do I delete this last paragraph of my comment?

Le Coq Sportif

One Coq
We’ve only got one Coq!



Almost set up Welbeck in the final minute, scored a blinder and assisted Ramsey for the second. Was involved in the third as well, with a pre-assist.

Overall, a great game, although Ozil needs to shoot more.


Bye-bye Walcott.


I wouldn’t say that cos been away for that long might have robbed him of sharpness

Crash Fistfight

Bit harsh. He didn’t have a great game though (at least he worked hard today, so that’s a positive).

I think it’s a problem for him that he needs a run of games to get his form back, which he’s not going to be allowed with the other players in the squad these days.

You might be right in that his days are numbered, however.

andre santos

walcott played well today.
made brilliant runs behind the defense but is just lacking that sharpness in front of goal as he is still a bit rusty.
once he s in form he ll be deadly


I really hope so…

David C

I think he needs some time, but I’d be using him as an impact sub when the other team is bit tired or pressing high up and chasing the game. Theo’s not in our top 11 sadly. He started well, should have drawn that penalty, but faded as the game went on.

I’m curious to see his player rating.


I think Wally is on his way… and I kind of don’t mind. Yes he is quick, yes he’s been having major n minor injuries, but this is coming from somebody who always will and has been in love with the welsh jesus: theo just ain’t cutting it. i know he has some intelligent runs and such, but I feel like he has had enough opportunities over the years to get it right on so many levels. Unfortunately his negatives outway his possitives at this point and his last contract saga came accross a bit too arrogant imo. So, with… Read more »


Shut the fuck up.

bims lay

I wouldnt say that, walcott is a top top quality player… he has been laid of by injury for about a year? so understandably, he lacks match sharpness right now, ….a match fit walcott could have scored at least three goals today, but the positive for arsenal is that he is making those dangerous runs, with his pace, behind the defence, which is his specialty,…..i have no doubt the finishing will come with more game time.

andre santos

CLASS ! just pure class.
the Arsenal we all used to know is back.
Ramsey was brilliant and so so everyone else

andre santos

CLASS ! just pure class.
the Arsenal we all used to know is back.
Ramsey was brilliant and so everyone else


you can say that again

andre santos

CLASS ! just pure class.
the Arsenal we all used to know is back.
Ramsey was brilliant and so was everyone else

Tom thumb

Loved the goals today,Giroud goal was beautiful,more on Tuesday please

A Yank

Aside from the finishing, that’s the best we’ve looked for a full 90 in a while. Woot!

Crash Fistfight

Taking away Giroud’s finish for the first goal though – woof!

Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding

Koscielny immense at the back. Giroud fantastic up front.


Good match … even better scoreline. The players made it look easy the way they flicked and passed and could even afford to miss relatively easy chances and still come away with 3 goals and 3 important points. Shout out to Coquelin… that sliding tackle oh! It makes you appreciate the art of defensive mid-fielding. Welcome back Ramsey! Congrats to Flamini as well. Well done you! all the arsenal players.
Is it just me or was Theo a bit underwhelming today? Just a tiny little bit. I like him a lot though.

nasy a

Oh Giroud oh Girouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud

Walcott is a mess and nowhere near good enough.


Ospina required some goalkeeping did he blogs? ; )

German Gunner

Explains some of your player ratings lately


Clearly your software mistranslated what you were saying in German. You were saying: “Thanks, Blogs for all the fine, and free Arsenal content.”

Crash Fistfight

“Debate is welcome, as are differences of opinion, but personal abuse of Arseblog News authors, or other commentators, will not be tolerated. Such comments will be deleted. If you can’t make your point without resorting to abuse then please find somewhere else to comment.”


That makes sense. I was reading the match report and thought there was a crap load of typos! Initially I thought you may have just hit the bourbon a bit too heavy!
Hey if you need someone to do some proofing, I am your man!


And here I was thinking it was a play on words.

Parisian Weetabix

The goals we scored today were absolutely beautiful. Such brilliant teamwork in all of them, fast incisive passing and complete understanding of each other’s positioning. Props to Giroud and Ramsey for a goal and an assist each, but I thought Ozil was also excellent in his weird unpredictable way. Positives for Walcott too because it’s an achievement to get into position for those chances – he just has to take them next time.

We just stepped it up when we needed to, and that was exciting to see. Good win.


Well said especially about the Ozilient!




Wellbeck over Walcottt any day, Walcott was woeful and wasteful in front of goal, he does not deserve a new contract, I would sell him, too hit and miss


At least he got in front of goal. You can’t score if you don’t put yourself in position to do so.

Also, there’s a disturbing trend among supporters wanting to just get rid of Walcott. Clearly he’s an asset to the team (he was consistently the best player for part of the 2012/2013 season); why so quick to write him off as people complain about Arsenal’s lack of depth. Is it purely criticism of his play or do people just not like him as a person?

Andy Mack

Some still believe the old pundits view that he’s ‘not a natural’.
As you say, they seem to forget how good he is when he’s hits form.

the farmer

I got to agree. Why the urgency to write him off – already feels like a bit of a campaign building. We have all been crying out for some strength in depth haven’t we. Ok he might not be first on the team sheet at the minute but a fit and on form Theo is surely good enough to make some starts for us.


Really ? after the guy spends 14 months injured and out of the game and slowly getting back to play you want him to score like messi is scoring, be real man walcott missed those chances only because he is lacking continuity in his game, i like welbz very much but if walcott was not injured and played from the start of the season trust me he would have double figures scored by now he is one of the best finishers in our club just need a run of game which will bring him confidence, unfortunately so late of the… Read more »


#JamJam they are doing the same thing to walcot they had done to ramsey, slating him every week after the horrific injury which both have had and wanting them out of the club, unbelievable fans the same fans that now are calling ramsey Wales Jesus, truly shocking, some fans never learn.


just my need to clarify as it kinda takes a dig at my previous post: I always stuck by my opinion that the welsh or wales (whateva) jesus should be kept and would always be worthy of stayin, no matter his slumps. Plus I am not saying I want theo out, just saying I wouldnt feel bad selling theo for some cash, not just because of his performances/developemrnt this season, but over the last of 3-4 seasons. Contract’s up, depth in squad is fine, so why not?

Dick Swiveller

We’ve always bemoaned his lack of contribution when he doesn’t score, but he contributed well today without scoring so I’d call it progress and if he carries on like that, he might get the bump he feels he deserves.


Holy Giroud!! If there’s a better passing target man striker in the world, I don’t know who he is..

Big Chief from Antarctica

Great performance. Chris Foy is a blind cunt. That was a penalty all day. He tackled from the wrong side and got Walcott first. Sure Walcott waited a bit too long, but so fucking what? It’s not what constitutes a penalty. Speaking of him, it’s too early to have a go at Walcott. If his year long injury isn’t enough reason to give him some time to get back to his form then you should at least give the Ozil prospect a chance. That looks tasty as fuck. He was our top goalscorer before his injury and his defending was… Read more »


Well that win was sexy.


When the boss brought Flamini on, I didn’t think it was to score more goals. How wrong could I be!? Here’s to the master tactician….


Our squad depth is so amazing that removing Alexis, Ozil and Theo did not really slow down our attack… Overall a great win and now just need a repeat in Monaco. COYG


Top MotM display from the HFB. Made the difference in this game as he was involved in all three goals.

Ramsey was fantastic too, good to see him back at this level.

We struggled a bit in the second half but we held it at 1-0 until West Ham eventually fell apart.

Good 3 pts, Monaco next !


Great win! Awesome Performance! and a Clean Sheet…. weekend thrills


One of the best games we’ve played this season, although didnt liked too much Walcott. Giroud is underrated, he isnt the most prolific striker, he isnt the most pacy one or the most trickery one, but he does good so many small things (two ones, hold up play, aerial game, create space, etc). Kos, Coq, Ramsey and Ozil deserves a special mention, and Ospina again with one great save and keeping clean sheet. Now lets repeat this same score against Monaco

Just telling it how it is

We need to be more clinical against Monaco. 3 goals against Monaco is not impossible but we need to take our chances.


Great game, could have scored more.
Walcott looks very rusty. Welbeck should start on wed.
Ozil needs to be more selfish…his brain works in strange ways.
We neeed to be far more clinical than this on wed.
Giroud and ramsey had great games.
One point behind shitty.


Giroud is so pivotal, literally, to our play. Great performance by him. Everyone is thriving on the competition. Our squad depth looks stronger than ever.

Die Hard Gunner

What a fantastic display by the lads. I have a positive feeling about Tuesday. COYG

gooner mon

Aren’t people being too harsh on Walcott? Ok he should have taken those chances but he made good runs and for the first time since he’s been back looked like he hasn’t lost any of his pace. Needs to be more involved though…


Not really, fella.

His dicking around with his contract is clearly pissing Arsene and quite a few fans off.

Particularly galling as we ain’t even delivery the goods on the pitch right now.


He, not we.

Perry S.

no, they’re not because most are taking into account his off pitch, contract run around. like poldi, he and his camp better come to a quick realization that he’s not a “world class” player but more of a squad, depth player. I’m glad Wenger has us in a situation where we won’t be held hostage by his wage demands. there are loads of wingers out there who can more than adequately replace him if not an upgrade on him. if he’s not willing to budge on his contract and earn his keep, the he’s not worth keeping around. end.


Really easy win against a difficult West Ham team. All 3 goals were wonderfully worked ans we created plenty of other openings.. Could have won this game 6 or 7 without having to get out of 2nd gear..Really pleased with this performance. Giroud was class throughout..Ozil and Sanchez where good not great but they were always scheming. Coquelin was solid again, while defensively we were largely untroubled..Koscielny and Monreal in particular were in beast mode. I thought Ramsey was very good. I have been on his case this season but i thought today was probably he best 90mins of the… Read more »


Giroud…..Best out and out target man in world football?

MY Arse

Easily best target man….I don’t know if u can name 5 better central strikers…Messi Benz Suarez (although he doesn’t play there now), Aguero, Costa (??), Lewandowski (??)…havnt seen enough of lewandowski but Giroud really is a top striker. right up there


Giroud scored two goals less than p***y costa in all competitions, even though Giroud was out for 3 months.
What a player.
Na na na na na na na na

Bergkamp's Chips

some great attacking football on show today.

reckon if we get an early goal against Monaco and play like we played today…

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


I hope Theo stays .. honestly. I get that Blogs doesn’t like him for some reason – so much so that he had to write about the 55th minute right at the start and then …start the actual report. Its just unfortunate for such a quality quality blog – that he still hasn’t accepted the guy. You don’t have to love him blogs…but at least give him a fair chance. The guy has hardly played for the last year and a bit… but you can’t wait to get into him. Its not on. Obviously, that’s just my opinion that you… Read more »

Henry's beard

If the team play like that against Monaco I see no reason why they can’t progress to the quarter-finals. A fantastic team display.


Ozil, so much input! Ozilliant!

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