While a look at the Arsenal result in the Premier League today, 5-1 away to West Ham who under Slaven Bilic took four points off us last season, looks great and is certainly a big boost to our chances of challenging for the EPL title, the scoreline was given a huge coat of gloss with a late flurry of goals.
You could also say that up until Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with less than 20 minutes on the clock the Gunners had been guilty of wasting a number of chances and failing to capitalise on our control of the game and superior play. Onm another day and against a side in better form we may well have been punished according to Arsene Wenger whose post match comments reported by ESPN suggested that the boss thinks we may have dodged a bullet at the London stadium.
He said, “I am pleased with the result. You have it in your mind that you deserve to be punished if you don’t take your chances. Sometimes you get away with it like today.”
West Ham, even though they were pretty poor today, did have chances to get back into the game and you feel that we would have struggled if they did get their tails up but even when the doubts may have started after Carroll made it 3-1 they had no time to take hold as the Ox came up with his stunner.
So is Wenger right to say that Arsenal got away with it today? And if so what does that mean for the Gunners as the season goes on?