Arsenal vs West Ham, Premier League

L-R James Collins fitness coach Josh Ewens Declan Rice Reece Burke and Mark Noble during a West Ham United training session

L-R James Collins fitness coach Josh Ewens Declan Rice Reece Burke and Mark Noble during a West Ham United training session

The Germany global was surprisingly absent from the Gunners' matchday squad as they secured the first win of Emery's reign, having previously lost to both Manchester City and Chelsea.

A Nacho Monreal strike, Issa Diop's own goal and Danny Welbeck's stoppage-time effort enabled the Gunners to bounce back from their opening two defeats after Marko Arnautovic had fired West Ham into a 25th-minute lead.

Arsenal's official reason for Ozil's absence was illness, and Emery played down suggestions of a training ground row in his post-match press conference.

Instead, he started Aaron Ramsey in an advanced role with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing wide.

"But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers".

Emery last night denied there was a rift with the player.




Despite the three points, Emery said there was still plenty of room for improvement and that his team couldn't find the right balance between attack and defence in the first half.

"We just need time to adapt to Emery's football".

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Premier League club Arsenal are reportedly listening to offers for England worldwide Danny Welbeck who could leave the Emirates stadium before the close of the transfer window. In the first half we conceded a lot of chances.

"Today I saw good things, but also things [to] improve - more transition". I said, 'I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team. West Ham have the attackers to trouble any side, but are yet to start firing on all cylinders, and Arsenal are not the ideal opponents they would want at this stage.

"He left training because he was going to his home because he is sick".

"Okay, Arsenal scored three goals at the end, but they didn't create many chances, so I'm happy that we've improved as a team and we're improving every week".

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