Arsenal let slip two-goal lead to draw at West Ham

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Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser for West Ham came two minutes 20 seconds after Bukayo Saka’s penalty miss for Arsenal

Leaders Arsenal missed a penalty and threw away a two-goal lead as they drew at West Ham in a blow to their hopes of winning the Premier League.

A close-range finish from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard’s volley put the visitors 2-0 ahead inside the opening 10 minutes at London Stadium as they looked to be cruising to the victory.

But, just as they did in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool last Sunday, Mikel Arteta’s side could not hold on to their advantage and dropped valuable points in their title battle with Manchester City.

Said Benrahma’s penalty, after Gabriel had brought down Lucas Paqueta, gave the Hammers a way back into the game, before Arsenal got a spot-kick of their own, following Michail Antonio’s handball, but Bukayo Saka shot wide.

That proved costly as the hosts scored less than three minutes later through Jarrod Bowen’s superb volley from Thilo Kehrer’s lofted pass.

West Ham, still 15th in the table but now four points above the relegation zone, could have won it when Antonio’s header bounced off the crossbar in a frantic finish.

Arsenal began the weekend six points clear of City, but that has now been cut to four after Pep Guardiola’s side won 3-1 at home against Leicester on Saturday.

The Gunners have seven matches left and play Southampton at home on Friday, before City, who have a game in hand, entertain Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on 26 April.

Gabriel Jesus scoring a goal for Arsenal
Gabriel Jesus’ goal was his ninth in the Premier League this season and his fourth in three games

Arsenal feel the pressure after excellent start

Arsenal are now unbeaten in nine games since a 3-1 home loss to City, but Arteta will see this as two points dropped and wonder how they did not gain the victory.

Just as they did at Anfield a week ago, they missed chances to wrap up the game only to concede twice. They are wobbling in their bid to become English champions for the 14th time and the first since Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ went a league season without losing in 2003-04.

For the opening half-hour Arsenal’s football was a joy to watch as they overpowered West Ham and looked to have wrapped up the three points with relative ease, with Jesus scoring his fourth goal in three matches before Odegaard added a second three minutes later.

Thomas Partey then sloppily lost possession to Declan Rice and that led to the penalty which gave West Ham hope and changed the course of the match.

However, even after Bowen’s equaliser, Arsenal still had opportunities to get a winning goal.

Jesus narrowly missed getting a touch on Kieran Tierney’s cross before two chances in the last three minutes, but Saka headed wide before Rob Holding’s header was saved by ex-Gunner Lukasz Fabianski.

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number4Player nameZouma

  4. Squad number24Player nameKehrer

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number11Player nameLucas Paquetá

  9. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  10. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  11. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  1. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  2. Squad number12Player nameDownes

  3. Squad number14Player nameCornet


West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 4Zouma
  • 24Kehrer
  • 3CresswellBooked at 82mins
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 11Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forDownesat 87′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forCornetat 87′minutes
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forFornalsat 90+1′minutes


  • 2Johnson
  • 8Fornals
  • 10Lanzini
  • 12Downes
  • 13Aréola
  • 14Cornet
  • 18Ings
  • 33Emerson
  • 49Anang


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 4White
  • 16Holding
  • 6Gabriel
  • 3TierneySubstituted forFábio Vieiraat 85′minutes
  • 8ØdegaardSubstituted forNketiahat 90′minutes
  • 5ParteyBooked at 35minsSubstituted forTrossardat 67′minutes
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7Saka
  • 9Gabriel JesusBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJorginhoat 67′minutes
  • 11MartinelliSubstituted forNelsonat 85′minutes


  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 14Nketiah
  • 15Kiwior
  • 19Trossard
  • 20Jorginho
  • 21Fábio Vieira
  • 24Nelson
  • 30Turner
  • 97Walters

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