Arsenal started November in the best way possible with a convincing 5-1 win away to West Ham, in our first trip to the Olympic Stadium.
In what was our first game after November, we played some sincilating football and took advantage of a weakened Hammers side. In recent weeks my criticisms have been sluggish starts and a lack of pressing, but on Saturday afternoon these were two of our stronger features. From the off we were in control and if Monreal delivered any better balls we could’ve been 3 up by half time. The Ox caused havoc on the left hand side and it was inevitable that we would take the lead.
What pleased me was in the second half we didn’t back off and allow West Ham to grow into the game, although they did retain some control we remained dominant. This was soon reflected by Sanchez’s double, in which the red hot Chilean showed his clinical eye for goal.
Admittedly we did give West Ham a slim hope, However it was hardly surprising to see Andy Carroll on the scoresheet. We responded fantastically, with the Ox scoring a wonderful goal to couple his strong performance, and Sanchez scored a delightfully taken goal that was never in doubt.
Without doubt, this was our best performance since Chelsea at home, albeit against a struggling West Ham side. We played with intensity and commitment which was missing against Spurs, United and PSG. My only criticism would be that we are still without a clean sheet since mid-October which is slightly concerning as trips to Everton and Manchester City await.
Sanchez was sublime, but I would also stress that Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a superb performance that went somewhat under the radar.
On another note, West Ham. Quite frankly they don’t see at home, and obviously they are still climatising to their new surroundings as a club, although the Championship isn’t all too an improbable end to this season.
Player Ratings: Cech 7, Gabriel 7, Koscielny 7, Mustafi 7, Monreal 7, Xhaka 7.5, Coquelin 7.5, Walcott 7, Ozil 7, Ox 8, Sanchez 9