West Ham demolition gave Arteta lots of time for rotation at last – Even Nwaneri introduced

Arteta given space for rotation after hitting West Ham for 6

Arsenal can walk away with their heads held high after last night dominant performance over West Ham United. With 5 different goal scorers getting on the scoresheet and showing what this Arsenal side can really do when they get going.

Saka said after the game “they smelt blood” and you could tell by the confidence that was oozing out of the whole squad throughout the whole game. Declan Rice returned to his boyhood club for the second time since joining The Gunners and punished The Hammers with pure class and after having a tough first two games against them this season, was able to cemented his legacy as an Arsenal player in what was probably one of his best games this season.

Leading 4-0 at half time West Ham fans were seen leaving the stadium after realising that it wasn’t their day and Arsenal were going to continue to punish them, with Rice picking up a goal and 2 assists to rub salt in the wounds of an already disgruntled West Ham crowd.

Arsenal needed to win this game after the win against Liverpool or that effort wouldn’t have meant too much, but we again went and proved why were one of the top teams competing for the title this season and keep the gap close between us, City and Liverpool.

Arteta was able to look to his bench around the 65th minute after Rice scored the 6th goal of the game and was able to give some fringe players a chance to get some minutes in. Mohamed Elneny made his first return to club football since being away with Egypt for AFCON and walked away with a 100% pass completion, looking clinical in the middle of the pitch.

Reiss Nelson also got to come onto the pitch for the last 20 minutes or so, replacing Bukayo Saka down the right wing and also walked away with a 100% pass completion, looking dangerous on the wing and getting back to help out in defence, making some great tackles.

Nketiah come on for Trossard up front and although he didn’t see too much of the ball was also clinical with his passing, also walking away with 100% pass completion and almost found the back of the net himself.

In the 77th minute Arteta looked to his bench again and brought on the young rising Arsenal youth product Ethan Nwaneri who has been killing it for Arsenal’s u21’s recently and gave the English 16-year-old an opportunity to have a run out with the first team, giving him almost 15 minutes on the pitch to shine in his second run out for the first team looking bright and got straight into it.

A scoreline that allowed Arteta to look to his bench and give players some needed minutes and keep everyone happy. A massive statement win for Arsenal and hopefully we can build on a performance like that in the big games we have to come.

What’s your thoughts Gooners?

Daisy Mae


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  1. Am impressed with Nwaneri, he didn’t seems phase by the occasion.
    It’s the first time Arsenal has won the first four games of the year since 1935, that’s very interesting when you consider the manner in which it was done.

  2. It was the rest of the bench that urged Arteta to bring on Nwareni, (as Arteta has confirmed) and once on the pitch it was noticeable he was given the ball as many times as possible. Just shows how real togetherness is flowing through the squad.

      1. YES Ken, back when we still had top class centre backs BUT ALL inherited from GG.

        In ALL the years after that, when AW was responsible for bringing top level CBs, we had only CAMPBELL of a level to resemble SALIBA.

        SOME HALF DECENT ONES TOO IN TOURE, KOSCIELNY, but ONLY Campbell of TRUE top class.
        Other than Campbell, I rate even Gabriel better than all other of AW s CBs, apart from those inherited.

        1. Hey Jon, I thought you knew how to read?!
          I never mentioned any single player or position – just the fact that MA has brought the club, both on and off the pitch, together, just like the days when we were winning doubles and had the Invincibles.
          Of course, as you don’t go to support the club anymore, you won’t be able to see and feel the same kind of atmosphere, but feel free to comment on something totally different!! 😂

          1. Well more fool you then KEN, as obviously I never learned to read or to write. Poor old me eh!! But I did learn to speak up for myself and say whatever I WANTED TO SAY, even though I obviously needed someone else to type this for me.

            And you are again wrong, as I do support the club.
            What you mean, I PRESUME, is that I no longer attend, something quite different from “supporting”.

            Though I realise, from JA experience, you have your own private alternative meaning of English words!

  3. The scoreline was excellent, and I applaud Mikel and the team for their performance. I’ve always hoped for Arsenal to capitalize on such opportunities and score multiple goals to improve our goal difference. It appears that Mikel may have finally addressed the scoring issue, and the Dubai camp seems to have been beneficial. The next step for Mikel is to utilize the bench and integrate academy players more effectively. It’s worth noting that even in a match that seemed done and dusted, it took the intervention of the players to bring Nwaneri in. Nonetheless, it’s commendable progress for both the coach and the team.

  4. Very good substitutions by Arteta and it was so good to see that old warrior Elneny get on. His team mates seemed to be setting him up to score one of those long shot goals he often attempts.

    1. Always saw Elneny as a good and loyal squad member Jax.
      He’s become a real Gooner, loves the club and is respected by those who realize his strengths not only on the pitch, but off it as well.

  5. I thought MA will give Walters a chance but he opted for Cedric. We were 6 goals up and that was the right time to test our academy product

  6. I liked Nwaneri. He reminded me of Jack Wilshere.
    If he remains injury free (unlike JW) we might have a player being the main midfielder for years to come.

  7. Only Negative from the match that even after 6-0 Arteta did not play Walters instead he played Cedric. Given the match situation and Cedric’s future this is wasted opportunity to give some playing time experience to Young player.

      1. I don’t think so playing Cedric has any value. Arsenal were trying to move him in last few transfers and could not do so because of nobody’s is ready to pay his current inflated wages. So for Arsenal he is just blocking the progress of academy players.

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