Arsenal v West Ham United

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Press conference

Emery on why Ozil wasn’t in the Arsenal squad

Unai Emery was quizzed about Mesut Ozil’s absence from the matchday squad against West Ham on Saturday as we claimed our first win of the season.

This is what the head coach told the media:

on claims that Mesut Ozil left training after being told he wouldn’t play today...
Maybe in English it is difficult to explain, but first, why is this information [being reported]? It isn’t true. That information needs first to be true. Who is starting to telling you or us this information? You ask me, or the doctor, or the club. He was sick yesterday. He spoke with the doctor and with me, and decided not to play today. But he did not leave training [due to that], but because he was going to his home, because he was sick.

on whether he would have played if he was not sick…
He was sick and today, he was sick. He left to his house and I said to him, to come [to the match] if he feels better and he feels better today and before the match he is with the team and with me.

on what type of sickness he has…
When you are sick… I don’t know how I can explain in English. In Spanish it is ‘catarro’.
Translator: He is blocked up, he’s got a cold.
UE - He is bad with sick. It is not a problem with the player, it is not true this information. So ask the doctor and the doctor can explain better!

Quotes

Torreira - My confidence grows with every game

Lucas Torreira

Lucas Torreira says our victory over West Ham United was "massive" for the confidence of the entire Arsenal squad.

Having been beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea, we came from behind to defeat the Hammers and afterwards the Uruguay midfielder spoke to the media.

This is what he said:

on the performance...
I’m pleased that we’ve got the win at home against a very good team in West Ham after starting the season with two defeats. I was happy to get on too and help the team.

on the potential of the team...
We had some good spells in the first two games against top sides in City and Chelsea. We played well and took the positives from those games to prepare for today. It was a tough match today – we fell behind but we turned it around, scored three goals and played really well at times. This win will give us a confidence boost so now it’s about continuing to improve and continuing to work hard as a team – that’s the most important thing.

on working on the mental side of things...
I’m one of the newer players and I’ve just joined up with the squad. There are a lot of young players and we’re working very hard, with a lot of intensity. We’re getting to grips with what the coach wants from us and I think we’ve played some good football in the past few games. We got our first win today which was massive for us, but there’s a long road ahead and a lot of games to play, so the best thing for us now is to rest up, focus on our next game and concentrate on our preparation, which is vital.

on how he's adapting to the Premier League...
I’m really happy. It’s all very new for me because I’ve come from a different type of league. The climate is different here and the way of life too, but I’m settling in nicely and training hard – the sessions are different too. The confidence will grow with every game, so that’s great.

on getting into the starting XI...
Let’s hope so. You train hard, you give your all and you want to improve. I want to start but any time I get on is very important for me. For me the best thing is to be able to help my team, as I did today coming on in the second half, and we were able to get the win for our fans, who really deserve it."

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham: How it happened

Nacho Monreal scores against West Ham

WHAT HAPPENED

We claimed our first three points of the Unai Emery era with a hard-fought victory against West Ham at Emirates Stadium.

With both sides desperate to get off the mark after returning empty-handed from their first games of the season, the match got off to a frenetic start as the visitors fought to keep us from establishing early dominance.

Aaron Ramsey had an early goal ruled out for offside, but that was as good as it got in the opening exchanges as the Hammers began to make inroads by catching us on the counter.

After Marko Arnautovic twice threatened with efforts from the edge of the area, the Austria international finally broke the deadlock after the visitors broke at speed once more.

We were struggling to get our passing game going, but when it did fall into place we equalised through Nacho Monreal at the end of a 16-pass move, much to the relief of the Emirates faithful.

The pass counter for Monreal's equaliser against West Ham

Nacho Monreal scores to finish off a flowing move

Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would both try their luck before the interval, while Petr Cech was called into action to make a smart save to deny Robert Snodgrass on the stroke of half time.

Shkodran Mustafi tested former Gunner Lukasz Fabianski after the break with a looping header, before the dangerous Arnautovic volleyed wide at the other end.

With Alex Lacazette – on for Alex Iwobi at the break – giving us an additional threat going forward, we upped the ante in search of another goal and the France international brought a good save out of Fabianski.

But West Ham remained a threat, and twice tested Cech through Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson before we grabbed the lead through an Issa Diop own goal after fine work from Lacazette.

The visitors twice nearly caught us out just before the end, but Danny Welbeck’s injury-time eased the tension as we claimed a hard-earned win to get us up and running for 2018/19.

Danny Welbeck seals our win against West Ham

Danny Welbeck seals our win against West Ham


four things we learnt

Nacho’s influence, Emery’s early changes, unforced errors, caught on the counter

HOW IT HAPPENED

See how the game unfolded and get all the standout stats with our play-by-play commentary

WHAT’S NEXT

We travel to south Wales next Sunday to take on newly-promoted Cardiff City, who we last faced at the Cardiff City Stadium back in November 2013, sealing a 3-0 victory.

Before that we will find out our opponents in the third round of the League Cup and who we will face in the group stage of the Europa League, with both draws taking place this week.

The Breakdown

Analysis: How a simple tactic reaped rich rewards

We claimed our first win of the Unai Emery era on Saturday as we beat West Ham United 3-1 at Emirates Stadium.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke examines the match in detail, focusing on:

  • The importance of our overlapping full-backs
  • The issues we experienced without the ball
  • Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka's return to form
  • Alex Lacazette's inspired display from the bench