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Declan Rice goal secures deserved win for West Ham over Arsenal as Mesut Ozil snubbed once again

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With the score somehow still goalless at half-time, after an increasingly buoyant West Ham had missed a glut of opportunities, Arsenal looked to have gotten away with their now customary slow start.

Perhaps, eight months into his reign as Arsenal manager, we are finally gaining some insight into what the quintessential Unai Emery performance looks like.

This dazzling West Ham front three of Anderson, Marko Arnautovi? and Samir Nasri is just so irresistibly West Ham: three excellent but enigmatic entertainers who have the God-given talent to run rings around any defence, if not always the aptitude.

It is Arsenal’s first defeat at West Ham in 12 matches.

A frustratingly slipshod start, an eye-gouging moment of defensive incompetence courtesy of Shkodran Mustafi, and an awkward post-match press conference dominated by Mesut Ozil, who was once again left out of the squad for “tactical reasons”.

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Should Chelsea beat Newcastle at home today they will move six points ahead of Arsenal; should Manchester United beat Tottenham, Arsenal may even fall out of the top five altogether.
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