5 talking points as Arsenal celebrate close call victory against West Ham in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal sealed their second consecutive win of the 2020/21 Premier League season after a close call victory against David Moyes’s West Ham. The Hammers traveled to north London after a poor start to the season. The former Manchester United manager’s side was handed a two-nil defeat against Newcastle United in the opening fixture of the Premier League. West Ham was hoping to clinch all three points in the London derby, however, a late goal off the bench by Edward Nketiah resulted in another three points lost for the Hammers.
The Gunners made a few changes to their starting eleven before the London derby. Sead Kolasninac was handed his first start of the season after Kieran Tierney was ruled out of the game due to a hip injury. Bukayo Saka handed his first start as well ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos was played ahead of Mohamed Elneny and the Spaniard paired up well with Granit Xhaka in the centre of the midfield.
Here are the five talking points
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DANI CEBALLOS PROVES HIS WORTH
Dani Ceballos finished the game as the man of the match. The Spaniard was granted a season-long lean extension by his parent club Real Madrid. Ceballos played the crucial through ball to Edward Nketiah who then scored the winner in the 85th minute. Apart from his creative ability, the 24-year-old partnered well with Granit Xhaka to form a strong midfield line. The former Real Betis midfielder finished the game with the most duels won after winning nine of them.
Mikel Arteta was highly impressed by his compatriot’s performance and it seems like the midfield partnership of Xhaka and Ceballos will continue for the rest of the season.