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Arsenal ends winless streak
Arsenal scored three quickfire second half goals through Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to beat West Ham United 3-1 in the Premier League at the London Stadium.
The result ended Arsenal’s nine-game winless run in all competitions. After a poor start to the game by both sides, West Ham took the lead seven minutes before the break when Angelo Ogbonna headed home a Pablo Fornals cross.
But Arsenal - with interim coach Freddie Ljungberg searching for his first win since taking over from the sacked Unai Emery - equalised on the hour mark, thanks to a sharp finish from Brazilian Martinelli, who got his first PL goal.
Six minutes later, Pepe put the visitor ahead with a superb curling shot into the far corner after being set up by Aubameyang. The pair reversed roles for Arsenal’s third goal. Pepe chipped a cross into the box and Aubameyang volleyed home on the turn after 69 minutes.
“It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure and you see it in their performances,” said Ljungberg.
The win took Arsenal up to ninth on 22 points from 16 games, while West Ham is placed 16th on 16 points. The latter is only a point above the relegation zone.