Alexandre Lacazette’s late double seals Arsenal rout against West Ham

By: News - Sky ExpressPublished: 6 months ago


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Until the final 10 minutes of this match, with Arsenal being held and Arsène Wenger standing anxiously on the touchline, it was tempting to wonder whether a few supporters might even be impertinent enough to boo the team off. The score was 1-1, West Ham were holding their own and Arsenal were heading towards a result that would have made it mathematically impossible to reach the top four and meant a second successive season behind Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since 1983. Unfortunately for Wenger, what followed will only be delaying the inevitable when his team are still 11 points adrift of the leading pack and, staggeringly, 30 adrift of the top, little more than a speck in Manchester City’s wing-mirrors. Yet that three-goal blitz did at least ensure a happy ending to the first game since Wenger announced he is cutting his ties with the club he has served with distinction – mostly, anyway – for 22 years. In the process, Arsenal warmed up nicely for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid, the only downside being the first-half injury to Mohamed...

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