The stripping of Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy may have come at the wrong time with this top 4 contender’s clash with the hammers coming up. But Arteta is in the right here and handled it superbly showing the player his station in the team and that no player is bigger than the club. Lacazette gets the nod upfront effectively partnered by Martinelli although the Brazilian operated more as a winger in a 4-1-4-1 formation. West Ham were very jittery defensively in this match. The full backs in particular Coufal and Masuaku had a nightmare game against Martinelli and Saka. Coufal allowed Martinelli to run between him and the center back to slide in the opening goal. He got sent off by ref Anthony Taylor for the penalty award, a matter of interpretation as with all VAR decisions these days. Taylor seemed to be not so big on winning the ball if you chop off the attacker.. Arsenal have been solid at the back keeping three successive clean sheets at home in the league. That is because Arteta has at last found a working combination in Ben White , the ball playing center back and Gabriel the rough and tumble defender from Brazil.

West Ham not surprisingly lost this one as they had the least touches in the opposition box , forcing one meaningful save out of Ramsdale. The takeaway from this game for David Moyes is that they lack in the playmaker department. Lanzini isn’t a bad player but he has been found wanting here and against Burnley. The fact that Smith Rowe could be left out and still score as a sub shows that Arsenal now have depth with the congested Christmas fixtures coming up. I tip Aubameyang to come back strong after this, Xhaka a good template to to follow fir the Gabonese. Arsenal break into top 4 on 29 points with West Ham dropping to 5th in 28 . Spurs and Man United with games in hand o