“Lonely at the top FC in the mud again”- Arsenal LOSE top-spot as West Ham triumphs 2-0 at the Emirates, rival fans banter 

This was Arsenal's first home loss of the season.

“Lonely at the top FC in the mud again”- Arsenal LOSE top-spot as West Ham triumphs 2-0 at the Emirates, rival fans banter 

Arsenal players look dejected after their loss against West Ham. (Image via PL)

After missing out on the Premier League title in the 2022/23 season, Arsenal are title challengers once again this season. Since the start of the season, they have not dropped below the top 5 and were usually found in the top 3. In the last 6 game weeks, they were at the top of the league for 4 of them, but after losing to West Ham United at home they have now dropped to 2nd. 


In a match that highlighted all of Arsenal’s problems, West Ham had just 6 shots on goal and scored 2. Meanwhile, Arsenal had 30 shots, with 8 on target. They also had a record-breaking 77 touches in the opposition’s box without a goal. 

Thomas Soucek opened the scoring in the 13th minute, which happened due to a massive error by Ben White. Trying to clear the ball, White hit the ball into Oleksander Zinchencko. The ball deflected off the Ukrainian and looked like it had gone out of bounds. Jarrod Bowen managed to cross it back in for Soucek, who scored. After a lengthy VAR check, the goal was awarded. 

Former Gunner, Konstantinos Mavropanos, scored the winner in the 55th minute. It came off a corner taken by James Ward-Prowse. Arsenal had over 75% possession, but David Moyes’s low block created problems for Mikel Arteta’s team. They just were unable to get past the defenders to get a single goal. Declan Rice gave a penalty in the final moments of the match, but Said Benharama’s penalty was saved by David Raya. 


Fans banter Arsenal as they ‘bottle’ the top-of-the-table yet again

Many fans took the opportunity to make fun of Arsenal, who were no longer table toppers. Rival fans made fun of the Gunners’ inability to score, as they took over 30 shots without a single goal. Some said they were ready for Arsenal fans to cry, who were unhappy with the VAR call regarding the first goal. Some praised Martin Odegaard, who put up a great performance. 

Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard against West Ham
Arsenal Captain Martin Odegaard buries his face in his hands in frustration. (Image via PL)

Check out some of the fans’ reactions: 

With this loss at home, Arsenal lose their spot at the top of the table. They now sit with 40 points, 2 behind Liverpool. With Manchester City having a game in hand, they could overtake the Gunners as long as they win the extra fixture. Arsenal now play Fulham at the Craven Cottage on New Year’s Eve. 

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