Arsenal struck late thanks to VAR grant Alexandre Lacazette’s goal to sink a spirited West Ham – who had probabilities of their own however were wasteful ahead of goal.
VAR intervened to permit Lacazette’s late strike to stand and provides Arsenal the 3 points over West Ham in an end-to-end game.
A competitive first-half saw January signing Jarrod Bowen hit the post ahead of time and Michail Antonio waste a golden 2-on-1 chance with Sebastian Haller looking forward to the square pass, before Sokratis rattled the crossbar at the opposite finish with a header.
Antonio missed the most effective of the chances following a corner, poking a knock-down just past the post whereas on the turn.
Arsenal were the better side for many of the second-half, however it took VAR intervention for them to require the lead with a 78th-minute strike.
Substitute Alexandre Lacazette volleyed home from Mesut Ozil’s cushiony header when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s initial shot ballooned over the Hammers defence.
The goal was ruled out for offsides initially however the lines and grids of Stockley Park were brought out to show Ozil was onside within the build-up and award the goal.
The Hammers pushed for a late equaliser however were ruined by the full-time whistle. The result leaves them solely separated from the relegation zone by goal distinction.
Meanwhile, a vital finish for the Gunners closes the gap on a Champions League place to only 5 points.
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