Gabriel and Holding on target as Arsenal win at West Ham to stay in

Sunday, May 1, 2022
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Arsenal's Match Report: Holding‚ Gabriel and Arteta's Frustration

A recent hair transplant by Rob Holding‚ Gabriel's goal and the passing style of Arsenal's defence are among the topics covered in this match report. We also discuss Arteta's frustration and Rob Holding's recent hair transplant. We'll also discuss the importance of holding back the ball in midfield. Here are three key takeaways from the game. Read on to learn more!

Rob Holding's recent hair transplant

After a recent photo of Rob Holding's bald head on social media‚ many fans speculated that the defender has had a hair transplant. The 26-year-old turned 26 in September‚ and had already begun to experience a receding hairline during the final months of last season. It was reported last week that the defender has now regrown a full head of hair. In the season just ended‚ Holding had been one of Arsenal's most impressive players. His partnership with Pablo Mari was also rated as the best in the league‚ with the pair producing the most assists for the club. Despite the positive reaction‚ some Gooners are still hesitant to believe that Holding has had a hair transplant‚ given his baldness and poor self-confidence. However‚ he has since been hailed for his new look and has praised his new look. Despite his initial concerns‚ he has since gone on to praise the procedure‚ saying that it's improved his self-confidence. As the balding Arsenal captain continues to grow in confidence‚ the latest development in Holding's hair transplant has been met with some skepticism. The former Liverpool midfielder joked with teammate Aaron Ramsdale about his hair transplant. Holding's recent hair transplant at Arsenal has caused a lot of discussion among football fans. Many believe that Holding's new hair is a combination of caramel blonde and brown‚ but the actual color may be a reflection of subtle reflections.

Gabriel's goal

After a nervy opening to their Europa League campaign‚ Arsenal returned to winning ways on Sunday‚ beating West Ham 2-1. Rob Holding headed home a corner in the 38th minute before Jarrod Bowen levelled the game before half-time. Gabriel headed in a cross from Gabriel Martinelli in the second half to put Arsenal ahead. The Frenchman then beat Lukasz Fabianski at the near post to seal a 2-1 win. After the break‚ Arsenal break quickly again. This time‚ an Eddie Nketiah run into the box‚ but his low shot was blocked by Lukasz Fabianski. The Arsenal defence was under pressure as a counter attack. After a corner‚ Arsenal sent in Andriy Yarmolenko and Michail Antonio but neither could find a way through the defence. Arsenal were on top after half an hour‚ but West Ham still had a game in hand. The score was 1-1 at half-time‚ but the game had more to play for. Arsenal's first-half performance lacked energy and tempo‚ which led to a couple of nervy moments. West Ham were also battling for their lives in the first half. David Moyes had rested his big guns‚ and a hapless Nuno Tavares wasn't ready to deal with the pressure. Jarrod Bowen volleyed past Gabriel Martinelli‚ but the goal was a consolation for Arsenal.

Arsenal's passing style

The goal against West Ham was a typical example of the passing style Arsenal employs at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal started slowly against West Ham‚ perhaps as a result of their exertions in the Champions League. However‚ they had a full week of training and motivation to attack after the Tottenham victory. The sluggish start also reflected Arsenal's lack of fitness and form in the second half of the season. Both sides started slowly and rarely produced any attacking play‚ but the Gunners woke up at the end and took the lead after an excellent move from Lacazette. At the start of the second half‚ they had barely started to play‚ but by the final quarter of the game‚ their passing style had improved. They had taken over Tottenham Hotspur and were now within one win of Chelsea. They are now in a fantastic position to progress to the next stage of the Premier League. However‚ in the second half‚ West Ham picked up the pace. Gabriel Martinelli was unmarked inside the penalty area and headed past Fabianski. Then‚ in the 71st minute‚ Aaron Ramsey curled a shot narrowly wide of the target. After the goal‚ the away fans booed their players and a flare from a West Ham supporter rang out. This resulted in Arsenal losing the initiative.

Arteta's frustration

In a game that has been full of odd decisions‚ Arsenal continue to impress with a 2-0 win over West Ham. Holding‚ a substitute‚ is on target after heading a corner away. The Arsenal defender has been in excellent form of late‚ keeping five clean sheets and scoring twice. The German is also productive in defensive peripheral stats. Gabriel has been a key player for the Gunners this season‚ keeping five clean sheets and netting twice in his last eight Premier League matches. While Arsenal started slow‚ they came back into the game with more urgency and quality after the break. West Ham were lacking in central defensive options‚ with only Aaron Cresswell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing at the heart of their defence. They also lacked aerial power from set pieces‚ which was exploited by Holding and Gabriel‚ who headed in Gabriel's corner. While Arsenal have nothing to lose as they enter the final few days of the season‚ missing out on the Champions League would be soul-destroying. And the two strikes were enough to give Arsenal victory‚ despite their late collapse. Gabriel and Holding were on target‚ while Holding was equally impressive. Both were brilliant‚ with Holding towering over Lanzini and Gabriel hitting the back of the net. The fans celebrated loudly.

Arteta's decision-making

Mikel Arteta admitted that Arsenal won ugly against West Ham United on May 1. The Gunners' 2-1 victory was enough to take them above Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place‚ although Spurs had beaten Leicester City earlier in the day. David Moyes rotated his side ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Arsenal win at West Ham 2-1 to move into fourth place‚ two points ahead of their nearest rivals Tottenham‚ Liverpool and Manchester United. It's important to note that Arsenal are not convincing in the overall picture‚ and their results do not provide any blueprint for the future. However‚ there are four more games to play and they sit two points clear of Tottenham in fourth. Arsene Wenger was left to rue his ill-advised decision to play Aaron Cresswell on the left flank. Despite that‚ his side were flat for much of the first half and failed to defend a Saka corner kick. Gabriel Magalhaes headed home a cross from Gabriel Martinelli and Arsenal's start looked sluggish. Arteta was unimpressed with the lack of oomph and decision-making.

Arteta's frustration with Arteta

It's a 2-1 victory for Arsenal at the London Stadium as they seek to maintain their top-four position and remain in the hunt for the Champions League. The Gunners are just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United‚ and have two games in hand on their rivals. In their previous game‚ the Gunners thrashed Manchester City 2-0‚ and now they need a win at the London Stadium to make sure they are in the Champions League. The first half is a stalemate. The Gunners were hoping for a fast start‚ but they didn't rotate the team as they had done against West Ham‚ and struggled to create any chances until Holding blocked Benrahma's attempt from the edge of the box. Despite having little goalmouth action‚ the Gunners still managed to score at the end of the game‚ thanks to a set piece. Holding rose highest to angle a header over Fabianski after winning a defensive header. A corner kick for Arsenal sees Gabby and Holding on target before the hour mark. Gabriel and Holding also get on target after a quick check to rule out handball. But as West Ham continue to press‚ Arsenal continue to dominate. Said Benrahma and Gabriel Martinelli hit the crossbar with low deliveries. Said Benrahma then clipped Jarrod Bowen's ankle with a foul‚ and Ramsdale collected a yellow card. In the 54th minute‚ Arsenal score again when Gabriel heads in a corner.

Arteta's frustration with Arteta's decision-making

Mikel Arteta has expressed his displeasure with referee Craig Pawson's decision not to show Chelsea midfielder Jorginho a second yellow card after the former Manchester United man had already been booked for pulling back Matteo Guendouzi. While Chelsea were rewarded for the mistake‚ Arteta's side remain down after a 2-1 defeat by Southampton. Arsenal's manager has been at the center of many battles since arriving at the Emirates. He has had to deal with vocal criticism from fans and change of senior management. It has also proved challenging to get rid of unwanted players and replace them with quality. The club's financial restrictions have forced Arteta to make tough decisions. But he is determined to turn things around. Although the defeat at St Stephen's Day was disappointing for Arsenal‚ the overall picture is still positive. Before the 'Covi' virus hit London‚ the Gunners were on a five-game run and were just two points above Manchester City. Since then‚ Arsenal have played 38 games in the Premier League and gained 70 points‚ leaving them in top-four form.