“One Arsène Wenger” was the chant ringing around the Emirates. Up in the directors’ box, the old master responded with a wave. Gabriel Martinelli had just put Arsenal in front, some of the football was reminiscent of their glory years and, on his first visit since departing emotionally in 2018, the architect of those times would have been forgiven a sense that the good old days were coming back.
Perhaps they really are. Although this was ultimately a comfortable victory for the leaders it felt significant: plenty of watching eyes were wondering whether six weeks off might have checked any title pretensions in their stride. West Ham were the kind of awkward opponents who could test that idea but, like virtually everyone who crossed Arsenal’s path between August and November, they were thoroughly outplayed.
Written by Nick Ames at the Emirates Stadium
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