Emery off the mark as Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will not be part of Unai Emery's squad as they face West Ham on Saturday.

When asked about Ozil's omission, and if it was due to a training ground argument, Emery was quick to dismiss the claims and said the player was missing due to illness.

"After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham", he acknowledged.

"It is what I want from the players to come here to Arsenal's stadium against a big team and we did well".

The Belgian global, whose time at City has been plagued by injuries, appears to have finally found consistent fitness and is a key component of the City team that has started this season in ominous fashion with convincing victories over Chelsea in the Community Shield and Arsenal and Huddersfield in the Premier League.

"Well you never know about that, but for me we must make it as a team, not because we have three players who played at Arsenal", he said. "Today I said to him, come if he feels better".

With nine saves in total in the game, majority pretty crucial, the former Arsenal man was the only reason West Ham were not embarrassed on the night.

After opening with two defeats in games against Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery finally notched a win but this was nowhere near as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests. Emery admitted it wouldn't be easy but agrees the fans need to see some improvement as well as the points.

The best outfield player for West Ham on the night, Anderson picked up the assist for Arnautovic's goal, and also completed four dribbles and made three tackles, as his pace and direct approach were too hot to handle at times for the Arsenal backline.

A trip to a fragile Arsenal though, represented a fantastic opportunity to earn their first points and for Wilshere to show the Gunners what they lost.

"We were very unlucky with the own-goal that put Arsenal on top, and the last goal was in the last minute when we are trying to get back in the game".

"Soon this team will win more games than we are going to lose".

"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".

  • Jacqueline Ellis