Arsenal rally to defeat West Ham and consolidate their lead in the English Premier League

London: Under the eyes of their former manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal overturned their delay with a 3-1 win in home against West Ham United, to move away from the top of the English Premier League, seven points behind its closest rivals, today, Monday. Wenger returned to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his 2018 departure after 22 years in charge of Arsenal, and featured trio Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah in the second half, as the landowner recovered after being in delay with a penalty kick by Saeed Bin Rahma. Arsenal kept theirs record perfect in home in championship in this season, taking his tally to 40 points in 15 games, seven points ahead of Newcastle United, who have played 16 games. Arsenal are eight points clear of champions Manchester City, who have played 14 games. Benrahma hit the net when Aaron Ramsdale sent in the wrong direction to bring on West Ham in lead in the 27th minute from a penalty kick awarded by the referee, following an intervention by William Saliba on Jarrod Bowen. Referee Michael Oliver awarded Arsenal a penalty just before half-time following a hand ball on Aaron Cresswell, but reversed his decision after the assistant referee intervened when he found that the ball had touched the West Ham player’s head. Saka equalized from close range in the 53rd minute, and six minutes later Martinelli scored in Arsenal lead with a shot into the corner. Forward Nketiah, owner for the first time in championship in this season in absence of injured Gabriel Jesus, finished the goals in the 69th minute. (Reuters)