Emery had a lot to prove as Arsenal’s new manager and even though the Spaniard got away with a win at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners still look frail at the back
Their tactic of playing out from the back with Mustafi and Sokratis split either side of Cech was too easy for West Ham to disrupt. Arsenal also failed to pick up runners, and this saw them fall behind first.
They were caught out on the counter when Hammers’ captain Arnautovic slotted past Cech after exchanging passes with Anderson, who was allowed to carry the ball from deep. Monreal fired into an unguarded net after Bellerin’s cross deflected into his path off Iwobi to equalise for the hosts.
Then Diop’s bizarre own goal sparked the Gunners’ attack once more, with Lacazette and Aubameyang both going close as the Hammers reeled. Bellerin then picked out an unmarked Welbeck in added time and the substitute turned to lift his effort past Fabianski.
Apart from the win, summer signing Torreira was a positive influence, suggesting the makings of a strong midfield if Emery can find the right combination.