Unai Emery recorded his first win as Arsenal boss today when the Gunners beat West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates.
It was far from a comfortable victory, however, with West Ham causing the home defence plenty of problems and the Hammers took the lead in the 25th minute when Marko Arnautovic slotted home a fine strike from outside the box.
Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal hit back for the Gunners just five minutes later from close range after excellent work down the right by Hector Bellerin.
Both goalkeepers had plenty of work to do all afternoon, but it was the home side who took the lead in the 70th minute when West Ham were punished for not clearing their lines, with new signing Issa Diop deflecting an Alexandre Lacazette shot into his own net.
Substitute Danny Welbeck then sealed the victory for the home side in stoppage time when he finished from close range after more impressive work down the right by Bellerin.
Speaking after the game star midfielder Aaron Ramsey admitted it has been a tough start to the season for his side, but also revealed that he feels the Gunners are getting better with every game under their new coach Emery.
“Second half we created a few opportunities and it’s a new process for us. We had a tough start and are trying to improve every game,’’ Ramsey told the BBC.
“It was difficult, it was my first 90 minutes – even through pre-season – so I am glad I got that in the system. We are progressing every game, it was open at times, but I am glad we got a win.
“He (Unai Emery) wants us to press high up the pitch.”