Arsenal’s top four hopes was decimated on Saturday as West Ham recorded a 1-0 win over Unai Emery’s side at the London Stadium.
A well taken strike in the second half from teenager Declan Rice did all the damage against a below par Arsenal.
Declan Rice (aged 19 years 363 days) is the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for West Ham since Junior Stanislas in November 2009.
Samir Nasri started for West Ham against Arsenal, his former side and he did make his mark providing the assist for Rice’s goal while also creating numerous chances and going close himself.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has never won away from home against Manuel Pellegrini in all competitions during his managerial career (P6 W0 D2 L4)
Marko Arnautovic linked with a move to China waved to fans after being replaced in the second half suggesting he could be on his way, but that won’t be too much of an immediate concern for West Ham who recorded their first home win over Arsenal since 2006.
Mark Noble failed to get enough purchase on a left-footed strike from the edge of the box as West Ham threatened to take an early lead.
Arsenal forced the first real save of the match as Fabianski provided the block after Alexandre Lacazette had exposed a hole in the Hammers’ defence.
West Ham would take control of the game onwards however.
Nasri teed up Felipe Anderson to fizz a low strike wide, before Matteo Guendouzi arrowed a strike just past the post from distance with Fabianski at full stretch and Declan Rice headed just off target in the closing stages of an even first half.
Three minutes into the second half, when a weak clearing header from Laurent Koscielny fell to Nasri, he laid off the ball for Rice fire home from just inside the box.
Arsenal had the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time, but Koscielny’s header was ruled out for offside against Lucas Torreira, who crossed the ball, as West Ham held on for a first home win against the Gunners since 2006.
Arsenal host Chelsea next Saturday. West Ham visit Bournemouth earlier on the same day.