Arsenal’s pursuit of their first Premier League (PL) title since 2004 continues to falter, as the North London side relinquished a two-goal lead for the second consecutive week. Relegation-threatened West Ham clawed their way back to secure a thrilling 2-2 draw at the London Stadium, moving four points clear of the relegation zone.
With Manchester City’s victory over Leicester yesterday, Arsenal knew there was little room for error against a struggling West Ham side. Despite the pressure, the Gunners made a blistering start, netting two goals in the opening 10 minutes from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Ødegaard. However, a lifeline was granted to the hosts when Saïd Benrahma scored from the spot after Gabriel tripped Lucas Paquetá in the box.
The second half echoed the first with Arsenal on the front foot. The visitors were awarded a penalty of their own when Michail Antonio handled a strike from Gabriel Martinelli. Bukayo Saka, with a 100% penalty record, stepped up but shockingly curled wide, much to the delight of West Ham and Manchester City fans alike.
Seizing the moment, West Ham punished Arsenal’s profligacy with Jarrod Bowen rifling home an equalizer. The Hammers grew in confidence, seeking an unlikely victory, but ultimately, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
For Arsenal, this result is another missed opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the PL, with a crucial match against Manchester City looming.
West Ham, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their spirited performance and the valuable point earned in their fight against relegation.
Man of the Match: Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal)
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