Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham 'dominated parts of Arsenal game'

Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham 'dominated parts of Arsenal game'

We have to see the reasons why we conceded so many.

Both sides have new managers, although neither has won a game yet, and today's encounter could represent the chance for some points on the board.

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Pellegrini did not seem to be anxious when asked if there would be doubt creeping in around West Ham after another slow start and predicted where his side will be by Christmas.

"I'm absolutely sure that in December, when we finish the first half [of the season], this team will at least be in the middle of the table".

"It was what I demanded of the players".

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England had made their own trouble the previous day when they lost all ten wickets in a remarkable afternoon collapse. He writhed in agony and then walked off, with an x-ray later revealing a small fracture to his left middle finger.

Felipe Anderson provided West Ham's creative spark in his best display since joining as a record signing from Lazio, linking pleasingly with Arnautovic on a number of occasions. Bellerin whipped in a cross that flew by several Arsenal players right in front of goal, but the ball fell to unmarked left back Nacho Monreal who slammed it past West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 30th. We will win more games than we lose if we play like this.

This was far from a routine win for Arsenal as the project under Emery is slowly progressing.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has denied Mesut Ozil missed Saturday's victory over West Ham because of a row in training.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly told Mesut Ozil that he will need to increase his work-rate if he is to be a regular fixture in his starting lineup this season.

Whichever is actually the truth, one thing's for sure: Emery will not take Ozil's crap. There's no doubting Ozil's quality but when he returns it appears he, like the rest of his teammates, may need some time to adapt to Emery's playing philosophy.