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33 mins: Arsenal 1 West Ham

Arnautovic 
Arnautovic opens the scoring CREDIT: REUTERS 

Only Mo Salah (22) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals in 2018 than Marko Arnautovic (8 goals, 6 assists).

He’s linking up well with Felipe Anderson who Arsenal are struggling to keep tabs on.

GOAL! Arsenal 1 West Ham 1 (Monreal, 30 mins)

Immediate response by Arsenal! Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays Hector Bellerin in down the right. The Spaniard, in acres of space, tries to pick out Aubameyang. His cross his only half cleared by West Ham and the ball falls kindly for Monreal who takes a touch before blasting past Fabianski.

29 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 1

Understandably shocked atmosphere at the Emirates now.

They re-find their voice though as Aubameyang finds himself in space and slips in Aaron Ramsey but a brilliant last-ditch block from Fredericks prevents the equaliser.

GOAL! Arsenal 0 West Ham 1 (Arnautovic, 25 mins)

West Ham take the lead and you can’t say they don’t deserve it!

Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic exchange a series of short passes on the edge of Arsenal’s penalty area before Arnautovic finds himself with a half a yard. The Austrian doesn’t need an invitation to shoot and drills the ball low and hard past Petr Cech’s out-stretched right hand!

The Emirates is silenced.

24 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Fairly even start to the game, to be honest. You would even say that, despite Arsenal’s fast start, West Ham have enjoyed the more clear cut chances.

Strange to see an Arsenal side being so poor in possession. Bellerin, Guendouzi and Mkhitaryan have all been guilty of giving the ball away in promising positions.

21 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 

Quiet first 20 minutes for returning Gooner, Jack Wilshere. The midfielder was even on the receiving end of a pretty solid challenge from former teammate, Aaron Ramsey.

18 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Monreal’s back on his feet and is able to limp off without much assistance from the physio. West Ham sportingly give possession back to Arsenal before Monreal re-takes the pitch.

Guendouzi seems to be absolutely everywhere. Not sure if that’s because of his work rate or that I’m just noticing him more because of his fantastically flamboyant hair.

16 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Ooooh! Groans from the home crowd as Petr Cech strokes the ball tentatively to Sokratis, narrowly getting his pass past Arnautovic.

In the end the pass begins a well-constructed attack which ends in a robust challenge on Monreal. The Spaniard has stayed down, too, which will be a worry for Unai Emery given the fact Sead Kolasinac remains a long-term injury absentee.

14 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Arsenal, interesting, choosing not to play out from the back this week, Cech choosing instead to lump his goal kick up field.

More sloppy defending from Mustafi, whose clumsy challenge gives West Ham the opportunity to deliver a free-kick 20 yards in from the left touchline. Felipe Anderson’s free-kick is a poor one, failing to beat the first man who is Hector Bellerin.

10 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Brilliant save by Fabianski! Hector Bellerin gets to the byline and pulls the ball back to Mkhitaryan – his shot is well-struck but the former Arsenal keeper gets down well to parry it straight to Ramsey who is flagged offside.

West Ham go straight up the other end and almost open the scoring themselves. Marko Arnautovic swivels smartly on a through ball but his shot goes straight into the side netting.

8 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Arsenal earn another free-kick 40 yards out from West Ham’s goal.  Mkhitaryan swings in a delivery but Diop is on hand to head the ball away. The clearance isn’t good enough, though, allowing Ramsey to collect the ball. The Welshman attempts to play in Iwobi but the ball drifts out of play.

6 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Better from Arsenal. Alex Iwobi runs at Masuaka, freeing up space for Mkhitaryan in the middle, but the former Man Utd midfielder’s shot is well blocked.

In the next attack, West Ham new boy Balbuena flies straight into the back of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang allowing Arsenal to move up the pitch from the resulting free-kick.

4 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

It’s four against two for a moment as Mkhitaryan concedes possession allowing Marko Arnautovic to run straight at Arsenal’s back four. Fortunately for the hosts an attempt at a cross-field pass is intercepted by Bellerin.

Some nice interplay between Guendouzi and Ramsey frees up Mkhitaryan just outside West Ham’s penalty area but the Armenian dribbles the ball out of play trying to reach the byline.

3 mins: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

Bit of trivia just ease us into the game.. the last time Arsenal lost their first two games of the season they ended the season winning both domestic cup competitions under George Graham.

Granit Xhaka, struggling for form since returning home from the World Cup, concedes the game’s first foul after up-ending Felipe Anderson.

1 min: Arsenal 0 West Ham 0

We’re under way at the Emirates. Mesut Ozil could turn out to be a big miss for Arsenal this afternoon… the German has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against West Ham.

Jack Wilshere 
Jack Wilshere  CREDIT: REUTERS 

 What impact, if any, will this man have today on his return to north London?

Torreira: Suarez persuaded me to join Arsenal

This from Arsenal’s matchday programme:

Lucas Torreira 
Lucas Torreira is yet to make a Premier League start  CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 

“Luis Suarez was very helpful.

“He spoke to Raul [Sanllehi], who brought many players to Barcelona. I was really grateful to Luis and only a short time ago I sent him a message of thanks.

“He told me how wonderful the Premier League is, describing it as the best, and he said what a great time he had at Liverpool. When we were together for internationals he would often talk about the Premier League.

“I’m also good friends with Gaston Ramirez and he spoke about the Premier League, the stadiums and the coaching. He said that everything would be great, that it would be a good move for me and now I’m seeing everything he talked about with my own eyes.

“I’m incredibly proud [to be here]. It feels such a privilege. I find it amazing that all my life I’ve dreamt of playing in the Premier league and now I’m part of the Arsenal team, wearing this iconic shirt with all its history.

“I really value this opportunity because I’ve worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices over many years. The fact that I am here today feels like a huge reward.”

20 minutes until kick off

Arsenal 
Stephan Lichtsteiner CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES 

Here’s Arsenal new-boy Stephan Lichtsteiner catching up with former Juventus teammate Angelo Ogbonna and Premier League old man, Pablo Zabaleta. The Swiss defender starts on the bench today.

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