Battling Irons match the Gunners – Half time: 0-0

Great first half from Masuaku

Great first half from Masuaku

The Hammers matched Arsenal every inch of the way in a fascinating first half t the Emirates.

We closed down in midfield really quickly and well whilst looking as solid as we have all season at the back – defending in numbers and keeping a decent shape.

Mark Noble won a couple of cheap early free kicks but they didn’t convert into outright chances, before chancing his arm after advancing from midfield and firing wide.

Lanzini saw a free kick beat the cross bar before the Gunners moved forward and threatened through Walcott but his shot went high and wide.

The hosts then set up a a rap a tap attack which saw Hammers bodies flying in front of a series of chances before the ball thankfully flew over the top.

Arthur Msuaku looked the business at left back, Antonio caused plenty of problems and forced the first yellow card of the night when pulled back by Bellerin, Lanzini was always threatening nd so far all the defenders can take a bow.



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10 comments on “Battling Irons match the Gunners – Half time: 0-0

  1. You tempted fate Hugh!

  2. Never thought I’d hear myself say this, but thank God for Spurs.

  3. Our season comes down to two games. Swansea and Sunderland. Has Bilic lost the plot and and the team?

    • Why has he lost the plot and the team? I didn’t expect anything tonight and the winable games were always Swansea and Sunderland. Spurs and Southampton did us a massive favour tonight.

  4. Bilic out.

    Tonight did 2 things. He allowed wenger to keep his job and lost his own.

  5. Calm yourselves fellas,we will be absolutely fine.I expected nothing from tonight and i fully expect us to keep the gap or improve on it Saturday.
    Whtid is the site for pants getting wet i am led to believe,lets keep this a dry zone lol

    • I would be shocked if anyone expected anything from tonight but its the lack of organisation and fight that is very worrying. I wonder if the away support are still singing their Bilic songs in support.

  6. Thought we heading for 16th untill Southampton & Spurs came alive . Palace still a game in hand over us , so , our next two games have become Must Win games .
    Hope we can handle the pressure . If not then it’s, ooop’s time .

  7. I don’t wish to single anyone out from another dreadful performance and must admit I didn’t see the first 30 mins of the match but……..this bloke Fonte has had another shocker, well certainly what I saw in the last hour. He makes so many basic errors it’s frightening, gives the ball away time after time, looks lost positionally and made a schoolboy clearance for their 1st goal – dreadful and it wasn’t a one-off.

    The Reading fans were delighted with Reece Oxford’s first start in their 3-1 win, can’t we bring him back and send the Fonte of no ability over to them before it’s too late.

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