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Iwobi Starts As Arsenal Thrash West Ham; Burnley Hold Stoke

Iwobi Starts As Arsenal Thrash West Ham; Burnley Hold Stoke

By Johnny Edward:                               Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi made his 23rd English Premier League appearance this season for Arsenal in Sunday’s 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Nacho Monreal’s second half volley from inside West Ham’s penalty  area gave the Gunners the lead in the 51st minute but a clinical finish from Marko Arnautovic inside the Arsenal box restored parity for the Hammers.

Late goals from Aaron Ramsey and a brace from Alexandre Lacazette sealed the win for Arsenal.

The game was Alex Iwobi’s 62nd EPL appearance since he made his EPL debut against Swansea in October 2015 and his 30th win. Pierre Emerick Aubamenyang replaced the Nigerian international in the 70th minute.

The Gunners,  playing their first game since their coach Arsene Wenger announced he will step down from his post at the end of the season, dominated the Hammers who deployed more men in defence.

Arsenal’s first real attempt on target in the encounter saw Joe Hart comfortably save Granit Xhaka’s freekick.

Wenger’s men were dealt a blow with the injury of Mohamed Elneny who left the pitch on a stretcher after he injured his ankle in the first half.

Monreal broke the deadlock, volleying in corner in the 51st minute but Arnautovic drew West Ham level by finishing off Manuel Lanzini’s pass in the 64th minute.

Ramsey restored Arsenal’s lead in the 82ndminute after his cross evaded the West Ham defenders into the net.

Lacazette made it 3-1 finishing after brilliant team play involving Pierre Emerick Aubamenyang and Welbeck.

The Frenchman bagged his brace in the 89thminute to put the game beyond the Hammers reach.

With the win, Arsenal stay sixth in the table with 57 points while West Ham are 15th with 35 points.

At the bet365 Stadium also on Sunday, Badou Ndiaye’s 11th minute goal gave Stoke City a first half lead over Burnley.

Ashley Barnes’ second half strike earned Burnley a point.

Stoke remain 19th in the EPL table with 29 points from 35 games while Burnley occupy seventh position with 53 points from 35 games.

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