LONDON: Arsenal’s demolition of West Ham United did not surprise manager Mikel Arteta who said he had a gut feeling his players would right recent wrong against their London rivals.
The Gunners romped to a 6-0 victory on Sunday (Feb 11), their biggest away win in the Premier League, as they reminded Liverpool and Manchester City that they intend to play a big role in the title race.
It was sweet revenge for the 2-0 home defeat by West Ham in December and a League Cup loss to David Moyes’s team in November.
“Time to beat West Ham; we all knew it,” Arteta said when asked about the mood in the squad before the game.
“We all had it in our tummies and we knew it would be a tough match and we had to do certain things better in both boxes than we had in the previous match. We certainly did today.”
Last week’s defeat of leaders Liverpool put Arsenal back in the thick of the title race but a trip to West Ham looked awkward on paper given recent experiences.
But Arsenal were sensational, with Bukayo Saka scoring twice and Declan Rice scoring and having two assists against his old club as the north London side moved back to within two points of Liverpool and level on points with champions City.