Declan Rice’s superb second-half goal was enough to give West Ham a vital victory over Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Rice, who enjoyed a superb game, first went close on the stroke of half-time, sending a header just wide of the post when unmarked in the penalty area.
But, just two minutes after the resumption of the game, Rice curled a superb effort into the top corner from just inside the area, after a lay-off from the excellent Samir Nasri.
The Hammers then defended diligently throughout the second-half, limiting Arsenal to optimistic shots from range and half-chances.
It was Arsenal who perhaps started the game the better, and they created the first real chance, as Alexandre Lacazette was freed in the box, though he was denied by a solid stop from Lukasz Fabianski.
Rice then blocked the Frenchman in the area as he prepared to shoot, before the Hammers started to gain a major foothold in the game.
Nasri, again at the centre of things, collected the ball on the edge of the box and fed Felipe Anderson, who fizzed an effort wide.
After a near-miss from Matteo Guendouzi, from distance, Rice sent the ball just past the post on the stroke of half-time.
After the midfielder’s excellent goal, the Gunners changed formation and ratcheted up the pressure; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi both went close to equalising.
Nasri was then substituted to a huge ovation by the Irons faithful, along with Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian waved at the fans as he went off, perhaps hinting that his future lies away from the London Stadium.
Arsenal ended the game with the ball in the net, Laurent Koscielny heading a Sead Kolasinac cross past Fabianski, but the Hammers would not be denied a well-deserved three points, with the full-back flagged for offside.