Hammers coach David Moyes changed to five positions after the 1-2 semi-final in the semi-final of the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt: Fabianski, Fredericks, Coufal, Noble and Benrahma began for Arenola, Johnson, the blocked Dawson, Soucek and Antonio.
Mikel Areteta changed his star formation at Arsenal after the 3-1 against Manchester United Dreissen: Tomiyasu, Holding and Martinelli replaced Cedric, White and Smith Rowe.
first round takes up late drive
Both teams acted compact in the first round against the ball and were well organized, the teams neutralized over long distances. The only noteworthy goal approach initially remained a quick counterattack West Hams, which culminated in a blocked attempt by Lanzinis (30th).
Afterwards, however, the game took off and Nketiah demanded Fabianski before Holding used the following corner kick to take the lead (38th). For their part, the hammers narrowly missed the immediate answer after a corner ball when Ramsdale reacted against Rice Gut (40th). Nevertheless, before the break whistle, the home side managed to equalize by Bowen, who equalized with the last action before half -time (45th).
After the change of sides, the hosts dominated and had significantly more of the ball. The first highlight was achieved by the Gunners, who repeatedly took the lead after a corner kick, which this time Gabriel completed (54.). After the second goal, Arsenal moved to counterattacks and let West Ham came.
Gunners play double head and miss the decision
With the majority of the ball, however, the hammers knew not to start, while the guests kept settling stitches. Due to this Nketiah missed the preliminary decision twice: First he narrowly missed the goal in the 72nd minute before Fabianski was able to parry a little later (79.). West Ham, on the other hand, no longer managed to challenge Ramsdale, it remained 2-1 for Arsenal.
On Thursday (9 p.m.), the Europa League second leg will take place in Frankfurt for West Ham, next Saturday (3 p.m.) will continue in the league near Norwich. At the same time, the Gunners received fourth place, Kellerkind Leeds.