x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Arsenal win hard-fought London derby

Arsenal capitalise on a poor weekend for title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United to secure maximum points from a win at West Ham.

West Ham's Scott Parker, right, and Hayden Mullins, left, challenge Arsenal's Robin van Persie.
West Ham's Scott Parker, right, and Hayden Mullins, left, challenge Arsenal's Robin van Persie.

LONDON // Arsenal capitalised on a poor weekend for title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United to secure maximum points from a hard-fought win at West Ham. Following Liverpool's victory at Stamford Bridge earlier this afternoon, and United's failure to beat Everton, Arsene Wenger's side knew just what was at stake as they looked to keep pace with the Barclays Premier League leaders. The Gunners - fresh from a fine 5-2 Champions League trashing of Fenerbahce in Turkey - certainly had to dig deep for their win, which came courtesy of an own goal from Julien Faubert when he deflected a shot from substitute Emmanuel Adebayor late in the second half, which was harsh on the inspired West Ham keeper Robert Green, before the African wrapped things up in stoppage time. Nevertheless, it is these such keenly-contested clashes which Wenger's young squad will have to come through if they are to have a say in the destiny of the title come May - and on this afternoon's evidence, they could still just have the final word.

*PA Sport