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Martinelli stakes claim for regular place and three talking points as Arsenal climb into the top four

Martinelli stakes claim for regular place and three talking points as Arsenal climb into the top four

In this article, we will take a look at some of the key takeaways from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal turning on some style in their 2-0 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners climb into the top four after consecutive wins while earning their first points against a side that sat above them in the table this season.

Gabriel Martinelli pushes for first-choice minutes

When you get your chance in the first team you better take it, and that is exactly what Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli did tonight after the Brazilian U23 international put in another credible display under Mikel Arteta.

Martinelli capped his third consecutive start for the club with a well-taken goal just after the interval when Alexandre Lacazette slipped him through the West Ham defensive lines before he slotted past former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabiański.

It was Martinelli’s second goal in his last five matches for Arsenal, while he has also managed two assists in the same time frame. But his performance was so much more than his second goal of the season. His pace when running the channels, ability to press and regain possession in West Ham’s defensive third of the pitch, and general all-around play painted a picture of yet another young gun in north London that looks set to work his way into Mikel Arteta’s long-term thinking.

Lacazette-led Arsenal front four turned on the style

The absence of former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again did little to disrupt the Gunners as they marched to their second consecutive win in the Premier League, and his replacement as keeper of the armband in Alexandre Lacazette can hold his head high after he proved his credentials in the number 9 role once more.

Though the former Olympique Lyonnais star is widely expected to leave the club in the summer, opting not to sign a contract extension in north London, Lacazette led the line expertly today while also bringing out the best of the trio of youngsters around him.

The Frenchman ran himself ragged for 88-minutes while providing the assist in Martinelli’s opener and offering a forward pivot that linked the frontline together in conjunction with creative outlet Martin Ødegaard. Though Lacazette went on to have his second-half penalty saved after he was judged to have been brought down in the area by Czech international Vladimír Coufal, his multifaceted platform as a number 9 proved vital throughout.

West Ham struggling amid a two-front campaign

The worry for West Ham was always going to be how the club kicked on after their highly successful 2020-21 Premier League campaign, that saw them finish sixth and push the top-flight elite all the way till the end of the season.

David Moyes and the club brass certainly did target reinforcements over the summer after successfully bringing in Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, and Nikola Vlašić in full deals, while also securing Alex Kral and Alphonse Areola on season-long loans. But the jam-packed fixture list which includes their Europa League commitments this season threw a potential monkey wrench into the mix.

Martinelli stakes claim for regular place and three talking points as Arsenal climb into the top four

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: manager David Moyes of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on December 4, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Now, West Ham is in the midst of an injury crisis at the back as both the aforementioned Zouma as well as Angelo Ogbonna are dealing with long term issues (Ogbonna is out for the season), while the club still has Jamaican international Michail Antonio as it’s only recognized center-forward. With thread-bare options in key positions, the Hammers winning just once in their last six Premier League fixtures and now slipping out of the top four perhaps should not come as a surprise to anyone.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6