Arsenal’s strength in attacking options proved to be the key in their victory over West Ham United at Upton Park. Their fast, attack-minded wingers guided them to a comfortable win in the London Derby but not before a gaffe from Wojciech Szczęsny gifted the Hammers an easy opening goal. Arsenal also suffered another scare in the second half as Aaron Ramsey limped off holding his hamstring to be replaced by Lukas Podolski whose vintage finish from an Olivier Giroud lay-off put the finishing touches to the game.
The first half was a true demonstration of the midfield creativity that the Gunners possess, but it ironically finished scoreless as Arsenal failed to apply the clinical finish a number of times. Chances went begging and Walcott was guilty of being too lax when clear on goal. Giroud worked hard and was all over West Ham’s defenders but struggled to break his rut. Ultimately, the wingers came good.
A fit and firing Walcott is great news for Arsenal fans as he scored a second brace in three games. Arsene Wenger would be pleased with the way his team responded after being a goal down a minute into the second half. With Giroud and Ramsey cooling off, Walcott has chosen an apt time to start firing. Podolski needs to stay fit to let his left foot do the talking on a regular basis. The win is a first for the Gunners in four Premier League games, and it should bring back some much-needed confidence to the team who were held to a scoreless draw by a resolute Chelsea squad. It is now two more days of rest before an exciting encounter against high-flying Newcastle United.