Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

Aaron Ramsay scored for Arsenal in the second half


Soon to retire manager Arsene Wenger leads his Arsenal side to a big win against West Ham

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham

Arsenal goals: Nacho Monreal 51”, Aaron Ramsay 82’, Alexandre Lacazette 85’, Alexandre Lacazette 89’

West Ham goal: Marko Arnautovic 64’

In a redeeming match at the Emirates, Alexandre Lacazette’s late double sealed Arsenal 4-1 rout against West Ham.

Wenger was pleased with his side's performance.

“I think we are at the moment top of the home league. We constructed patiently our win in the first half, it was tough to find space. From the second half onwards we looked like we could score as we found more space. At 1-1 you could see we were wobbling or not and the second goal killed them," said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after his side defeated West Ham 4-1.

Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

When Wenger took charge as manager of Arsenal, the Frenchman made immediate changes to the diet of his side taking steak, chips, chocolate, and beer off the football players' menu.

Arsenal’s manager was asked about his decision to step down despite a year left on his contract. 

“First of all I am focused on the game. At the end of the day my job is to win the next game and we have to make a separation between the feelings and emotions that come with such a decision as well as with the job and I want to do my job well until the end. I am in this job for a long time,” replied Arsene Wenger. “I have gone through very difficult times so you learn to deal with difficult situations.I will come out on that a bit later but at the moment it is important to focus on what matters. That means the results in the next games. After the game we have another game. After the season maybe. I believe that what is interesting for people is to know who’s in charge of the club and team. I dedicate my whole life to making this club a solid club with strong foundations and I always said I want to leave the club with an opportunity for the new guy to come in to find a solid and ambitious club. I will focus on the game. My life is to win games. That is what I will do. I hope the team will deal with positive emotions. We have had some adversity and I think in last the games I would like the team to be supported well. We have had a good season at home. We want to finish the season well.”

Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

Regarding the Elneny injury, Wenger said: “It doesn’t look good on his ankle.”

Frenchman Wenger was diplomatic when asked about his future and whether he jumped before he was pushed.

“Look, I have nothing to add. I think it was in my statement what I wanted to say. Apart from that, I have nothing to say.”

West Ham manager David Moyes was asked whether 4-1 was a fair result.

“The last 10 minutes it might have been but before then we were good for a point," said Moyes. “The young should have headed it away, why he ducked I have no idea. We’re distraught for the team, as I thought the team effort was incredible. I am more disappointed in the last five minutes but maybe I had too many attacking players on.”

Aaron Ramsay scored the Gunners’ second goal. Ramsey talked about the win and Wenger.

“We took a bit of time to get going; it was very hot out there, but I don’t want to make excuses.”

On Wenger’s imminent departure: 

“Obviously, it’s really tough to take," said Ramsey. "He’s believed in us, backed us and given us all these opportunities. I owe him a lot and he deserves everything he gets. We’re not thinking about who’s coming in next and it’s all about doing it for him and hopefully, we can end up with a cup.”

Speaking after Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat of West Ham, soon to retire Arsenal manager Arsend Wenger talked about his feelings for the giant London football club and fans he has worked for for 22 years.

“I’m happy when the fans are happy and I’m even ready to suffer to make them happy. If sometimes they make me happy as well by singing, I will take it” said Arsene Wenger. “Every single decision I made during my 22 years was for the good of Arsenal and every single decision was with the priority of doing well for the club. I tried to influence the club on structure, development of players and style of play. To combine the three is not always easy and I believe I leave a club that is in a very good position. My target was always to do that and give continuity to the guy who comes in after me so we can be better in the next 20 years. That’s my wish.”

“I am not resentful and I do not want to make stupid headlines,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club is ... for me, that is more important than me staying. That is all I want to say. It is nothing to do with the fans. The fans were not happy and I can understand that. It’s my job. I have to live with that. I can accept that.”

Wenger spoke for the first time about his decision to retire at the end of the 2017-18 season even though he has one more year on his contract. Wenger made it clear he was “not tired” and wanted to continue working in football even though it would be “emotionally difficult” for him to manage another English Premier League side. Wenger did not explain in full why he chose to break his contract, stating that he would wait until he had left the club to talk about it. The Frenchman spoke for the first time about the bitter divisions that have been created among Arsenal’s fanbase. It had not damaged him personally, he said, but it had been bad for the club’s reputation.

“I believe this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England, and our fans did not give the image of unity that I wanted. That was hurtful because I feel the club is respected over the world and, overall, the image we gave from our club is not what it is – and not what I like,” said Wenger. “I feel this club has a fantastic image and, for me, that is absolutely vital. We can speak and speak and speak but sport is about winning and losing and the supporters have to accept you will lose games, even when I will not be here any more. But it is about something bigger than just winning or losing and that was always a worry: how the club is perceived worldwide, for kids playing in Africa, China and America and the dreams it can create for young children who want to play football.”

Wenger continued to talk about how Arsenal is perceived worldwide.

“I don’t know if it was damaging but it was not corresponding to how I feel our club is perceived – and has to be perceived – all over the world. If you travel with us – and I travel a lot – this club is respected all over the world and that is down to work, the way we play football, the way we behave and the way we treat people. I want that to go on, to be respected and to give the image I think is right. It is more than the money, more than the result. It is the way the club is received and the impression it leaves all over the world.”



Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny; Iwobi, Ramsey, Welbeck; Lacazette. Subs: Mertesacker, Aubameyang, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nelson.

West Ham

Hart; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Fernandes, Joao Mario; Arnautovic. Subs: Carroll, Lanzini, Hugill, Adrian, Hernandez, Evra, Cullen.

Arsenal vs. West Ham United - Premier League

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