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ARSENAL v WEST HAM RECAP: Hammers secure upset over Gunners

Arsenal's title hopes took an immediate dip on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

The Gunners were defeated 2-0 by West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on a day that dampened the spirits of the North London club's fans who were buoyant prior to the Sunday afternoon fixture.

However, Slaven Bilic marked his first Premier League game as a manager by guiding his Hammers to a famous win thanks to goals either side of the break from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate.

West Ham went ahead late in the first half when summer signing Dimitri Payet, who impressed throughout, sent a floating free-kick into the area which was met by Kouyate who had beaten a reactive Petr Cech to the ball to head home emphatically.

The second goal came in the 57th minute when Zarate caught the former Chelsea goalkeeper by surprise, sending a long range effort inside Cech's right post, sparking the Hammers faithful.

Arsenal created plenty of chances as they chased the game but were unable to break the West Ham resistance which was led by keeper Adrian and a calm defence consisting of Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, James Tomkins and Aaron Crewel, while 16-year-old debutant Reece Oxford impressed in a defensive midfield role where he shackled Arsenal's plethora of attacking players.

MATCH OVERVIEW

Arsenal: 0

West Ham United: 2 (Cheikhou Kouyate 43', Mauro Zarate 57')

Emirates Stadium, London - 59,996

Debutants: ARS - Petr Cech (club)

WHU - Angelo Ogbonna, Reece Oxford and Dimitri Payet (league)

TALKING POINTS

- Will it be the same old story for Arsenal?

- Does Arsene Wenger need a quality striker to really challenge for the title?

- How good can Oxford be? Do West Ham have an exciting season ahead of them under Bilic?


WHAT'S NEXT?

Arsenal will be looking to lick their wounds before heading to Crystal Palace on Sunday as West Ham look to make it two in a row when they host Leicester.


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