Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal farewell started in the perfect manner as the Gunners scored three goals in seven second-half minutes as they eased to victory against West Ham at the Emirates.
This was the first match since Wenger announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season on Friday, after almost 22 years.
Arsenal needed three late goals to beat West Ham 4-1 at a quiet Emirates after the announcement that manager Arsene Wenger will leave the club at the end of the season.
In a drab first half, the Gunners failed to fire and Marko Arnautovic went close for West Ham when put through on goal twice in the space of 10 minutes.
Early in the second, Nacho Monreal pounced to put Arsenal ahead but Arnautovic punished more defensive lapses from Wenger’s men with a sharp shot after the defence had failed to clear.
However, an error by young defender Declan Rice — when he ducked instead of clearing Aaron Ramsey’s cross, which flew past Joe Hart — put Arsenal ahead again. And Alexandre Lacazette added some gloss to the scoreline with two goals.