Arsenal held to a goalless draw by West Ham United
Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by West Ham United at the London Stadium tonight.
Despite a hard-earned point the result leaves West Ham in 19th position in the Premier League table, with 14 points from 17 matches.
West Ham have now won just one of their last 19 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1 D4 L14), with this win coming at the Emirates Stadium in August 2015.
The result leaves Arsenal in 7th position in the Premier League table, with 30 points from 17 matches.
The Gunners managed just three shots on target in the match despite enjoying 70% possession.
The draw continued Arsenal’s poor run of form away from home this season (W2, L4, D3).
The Gunners have now gone three league games without a win for the first time since April.
David Moyes kept faith with the same team who started the 1-0 win over champions Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Southampton on Sunday.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his first Premier League start for the Gunners, while Olivier Giroud, who scored a late equaliser against the Saints as a substitute, also returned along with Alex Iwobi and Jack Wilshere. It was Wilshere’s first Premier League start since May 2016, 577 days ago.
Per Mertesacker, Sead Kolasinac, injured Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette dropped out.
After conceding early goals against Manchester United and Southampton, Arsenal wanted to make a more a more solid defensive start tonight.
They tried to get on the front foot from the outset.
Maitland-Niles put in an inviting cross from the left, but it just evaded Giroud (9).
Alexis Sánchez then had a right footed shot saved by Adrian, after being set up by Mesut Özil (11).
West Ham had the ball in the net after 15 minutes after Sanchez gave the ball away, but it correctly ruled out for offside. Arthur Masuaku played the through ball, but Marko Arnautovic was in a offside position despite heading the ball into the net.
Maitland-Niles shot wide from outside the penalty area, after the ball came to him following a corner.
Then Wilshere set up Sanchez, who shot over the crossbar from inside the box (24).
At the other end Pablo Zabaleta set up Arnautovic, but his attempted volley went straight at Petr Cech.
Iwobi then went close with two efforts in the space of a minute on the half-hour mark. First hitting the foot of the post with a left foot shot after being set up by Sanchez. Then shooting narrowly wide after being set up by Giroud.
Manuel Lanzini was booked as the clock ticked towards half-time for a foul on Jack Wilshere.
The teams went into the break goalless. Arsenal enjoyed 67% of the possession but only managed one shot on target.
Arnautovic had a half-chance in the opening minute of the second half, but his shot looped over the crossbar.
At the other end Hector Bellerin dragged a shot wide in the 49th minute, and Grant Xhaka had a left foot shot saved easily by Adrian.
Next Sanchez was played into the box by Mesut Ozil, but his shot was blocked and fell to Ozil who can only poke the ball wide.
The Hammers were still carrying a threat at the other end. Arnautovic headed wide from a cross from Michail Antonio.
Nacho Monreal came to the Gunners’ rescue in the 67th minute. Zabaleta crossed from the right with Cech punching straight to Arnutovic. The Austrian’s effort was goalbound before Monreal cleared on the line.
As the match went into the final 20 minutes Giroud headed down, but Wilshere’s shot went over the bar.
Five minutes later Adrian saved Sanchez’s side-footed effort.
As the match went into the last 10 minutes, both Bellerin and Sanchez had shots blocked.
Alexandre Lacazette replaced Sanchez with the match heading for a goalless stalemate.
As the match went into injury time Javier Hernandez almost snatched all three points for the home team, but hit the crossbar despite beating Cech.
So the teams each had to settle for a point.
Next up for Arsenal is a Premier League match with Newcastle United on Saturday.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi (Welbeck), Ozil, Sanchez (Lacazette), Giroud