We were finally on the right end of a VAR decision at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon when Lacazette’s offside strike was given by VAR. Mesut Ozil was adjudged to have been offside as Lacazette lashed the ball home from his knock down, but the video assistant overturned the flag and gave the goal.
Up until that point we’d looked pretty shaky and were lucky to see the game out with a clean sheet, Bernd Leno is the man we have to thank for that. The German making a string of excellent saves to maintain our lead.
The whole match was actually pretty stressful and tense as we made hard work of getting anything out of the game if the truth be told. Recent weeks, it seems as though we have been papering over the cracks, the amount of draws and no losses makes things look better than they actually are, and the only real quality performance has been against Man United as we carry on struggling to beat teams both home and away.
Mistakes creeping back from Xhaka, Eddie Nketiah was poor again and despite Sokratis hitting the bar, West Ham had by far the better of the play until we actually scored our winner. The visitors went close on numerous occasions, a mix of Leno being on good form, and poor finishing in front of goal to blame for them not getting anything out of the game. With that said, we were also unlucky not be awarded a penalty when Alexandre Lacazette was manhandled to the ground by Angelo Ogbonna, referee Mike Dean, I mean Martin Atkinson, waving away the Frenchman’s futile appeals.
Anyway, somehow we held on for all three points and next up we have two more tough away games, the hastily arranged away game at Man City on Wednesday night, and then we travel to Brighton next weekend.
Results did seem to go our way on Saturday with Wolves and Spurs dropping points, but Sunday wasn’t so kind with Chelsea and Man United both winning big games to restore their gap between us as the games are running out. Still we won, and we can only do what we can do, so we move on to the next game, and while Man City away won’t be easy, their neighbours proved yesterday that they are beatable…