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Arsenal’s Unwanted Record: Breaking Premier League Milestone in Bruising Defeat to West Ham

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Arsenal’s Unwanted Record: Breaking Premier League Milestone in Bruising Defeat to West Ham
Arsenal endured a 2-0 defeat against West Ham United, missing an opportunity to surpass Liverpool and reclaim the Premier League’s top spot.

West Ham’s Tomas Soucek scored from close range in the 13th minute, prompting a VAR review to determine if the ball went out of play during Jarrod Bowen’s assist. Despite a prolonged check, the goal stood, lacking a clear angle for officials.

Former Arsenal center-back Dinos Mavropanos doubled West Ham’s lead with a header from James Ward-Prowse’s corner in the second half.

Mikel Arteta’s team faced a potential larger deficit as Declan Rice conceded a penalty in injury time, but David Raya saved Said Benrahma’s spot-kick.

Arsenal, despite numerous opportunities, concluded the match with 30 shots without finding the net.

According to BBC’s Match of the Day, Arsenal set a Premier League record by having 77 touches in the opposition box without scoring, a dubious distinction.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard admitted shortcomings in front of the goal, emphasizing the need for collective improvement after a night with missed chances.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, Arteta said that his team would have to step up their efforts, and he did not dwell on the decision to allow Tomas Soucek’s opener.

He said: “We want to be at the top and today we are very, very disappointed. We had so much dominance in the game.

We are in a really good position. Today is a disappointing night. We have to pick ourselves up for a big game against Fulham.”

Asked about the controversial opener, he continued: “It is what it is. The technology we have at the moment is not clear enough if the ball is out.”
With another game soon coming up against Fulham, Arteta said his team needed to improve.

“We dominated for 100 minutes,” he stated. “When we had big situations, we had players inside the box totally free. I think the players put an enormous effort in.

It’s a difficult dressing room right now but we have another game in 72 hours. This is football, we have to improve in certain areas.”

Arsenal’s Unwanted Record: Breaking Premier League Milestone in Bruising Defeat to West Ham

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