In a stunning upset at the Emirates Stadium, West Ham United secured a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, handing the Gunners their first home defeat of the season in the Premier League.
The match was filled with controversy and drama, as Tomas Soucek’s contentious opening goal set the tone for an intense battle.
Despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, Mikel Arteta’s side were unable to find the back of the net. West Ham took the lead against the run of play in the 13th minute, with Soucek capitalizing on a loose ball in the box after a chaotic scramble. The goal was initially questioned by VAR, as there was uncertainty whether the ball had gone out of play before the goal was scored. After a three-minute delay, the goal was eventually confirmed, much to the dismay of Arsenal and their fans.
West Ham’s victory was sealed in the 55th minute when Konstantinos Mavropanos, a former Arsenal defender, rose above the opposition to score a powerful header off a James Ward-Prowse corner. It was a memorable moment for Mavropanos, as he netted his first Premier League goal and contributed to his team’s historic win at the Emirates.
The match ended on a dramatic note, with West Ham’s David Raya saving a penalty kick from Said Benrahma in injury time. The penalty was awarded after Declan Rice, a former West Ham midfielder, fouled Emerson in the box. However, the missed penalty did not dampen West Ham’s spirits, as they had already secured all three points.
With this victory, David Moyes’ side climbed above Manchester United into sixth place in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Arsenal find themselves two points behind league leaders Liverpool at the halfway point of the season. It was a disappointing result for Arteta’s men, who had hoped to reclaim the top spot with a win.
Overall, it was a memorable and historic night for West Ham United, as they celebrated their first victory in the top flight at the Emirates Stadium since 2015. The win showcased their resilience and determination, and it will undoubtedly boost their confidence as they continue their campaign in the Premier League.