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Arsenal hit 6 past West Ham

Arsenal hit 6 past West Ham

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka scored a brace against West Ham. Reuters

LONDON, February 11

Arsenal exacted sweet revenge on West Ham United with a 6-0 away thrashing to stay right in the thick of the Premier League title race, obliterating their hosts before halftime.

Mikel Arteta’s side had lost twice against their London rivals this season but were 4-0 ahead by halftime with goals by William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel and Leandro Trossard.

The punishment continued in the second half with Saka making it 5-0 before former West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who assisted two goals in the opening period, thumped his team’s sixth on a day of abject humiliation for the hosts.

It was a sublime display by Arsenal who equalled their highest away league win and wiped off a goal difference deficit to champions Manchester City who they joined on 52 points, although they stay in third place courtesy of scoring fewer goals. Leaders Liverpool have 54 points.

Arsenal were defeated by West Ham in the League Cup although the bigger blow was a 2-0 home defeat in December when they were guilty of squandering a host of chances. This time they were lethal as they tore eighth placed West Ham to shreds at the London Stadium. Thousands of home fans who streamed out of the exits before halftime were spared the rest of West Ham’s worst home league defeat since an 8-2 loss by Blackburn Rovers in 1963.

“It was a brilliant performance from the start to the end, we dominated and controlled everything and today we were really sharp in front of goal as well,” Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard said. “We backed up a big win last week (against Liverpool) with another great performance.” — Reuters

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