Wednesday’s London derby between West Ham United and Arsenal in Round Four of the League Cup ended as a convincing victory for the Hammers.
Played at London Stadium, West Ham hosted Arsenal in a game that saw the return of Declan Rice to the pitch where he played for the Hammers for several years.
With no VAR being used in the game, West Ham took an early lead after a disputed goal, but cemented their victory after a sensational goal from Mohammed Kudus and a deflected goal by Jarrod Bowen. Arsenal pulled one back from Odegaard, but it wasn’t enough. The Hammers advance to the quarterfinals of the League Cup, and Arsenal are out.
So too is Manchester City who got knocked out of an earlier round.
FT: West Ham 3-1 Arsenal
West Ham United are worthy winners, and advance to the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Big win for the Hammers in front of a loud and passionate West Ham crowd.
Arsenal pull one back
Odegaard gets a late goal for Arsenal.
Arsenal fans exiting stadium
With more than five minutes to go, many Arsenal fans are exiting the stadium to beat the traffic. Three nil down, Arsenal has been thoroughly beaten.
Last time West Ham defeated Arsenal
Looking back through the record books, the last time West Ham United defeated Arsenal was four years ago. In 2019, Declan Rice scored for the Hammers to beat Arsenal. That seems like a long time ago.
Goal Jarrod Bowen. 3-0 to West Ham
Deflection and the ball goes into the back of the net. West Ham 3-0 Arsenal.
West Ham 2-0 Arsenal
West Ham scores with a sensational goal by Kudus. Really good goal by the new signing.
Good save by Ramsdale
Close call as West Ham almost got a second goal, but Aaron Ramsdale saved the day for Arsenal.
HT: West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
No shots on goal by Arsenal in the first half.
Goal should not have counted
BBC Radio 5 commentator Jonathan Pearce says that the West Ham United goal should not have counted, and would have been ruled out if VAR was being used. Criticizes referees for missing the foul. 1-0 to West Ham after 35 minutes.
No VAR in this game
Analysis from World Soccer Talk writer Chris Moore about West Ham's opening goal:
That goal may not have counted if VAR was in place. Looked like Soucek was pulling down Ramsdale. We’ll never know though
West Ham lead through OG
The Hammers take the lead after a good ball into the box. Looks like a Ben White own goal.
Good atmosphere at London Stadium
Nil nil after five minutes in a game where the match atmosphere is really good for a midweek game. Both set of fans going through their catalog of songs.
Big night for English clubs
The most anticipated League Cup games tonight other than West Ham-Arsenal
AFC Bournemouth vs. Liverpool
Chelsea vs. Blackburn Rovers
Everton vs. Burnley
Ipswich Town vs. Fulham
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal made 6 changes in the Declan Rice derby. First game in over a month for Ramsdale.
West Ham vs Arsenal, live on ESPN+
Don't forget that the match is being streamed exclusively on ESPN+, for viewers in the United States of America.
Starting line-ups announced
The Gunners and The Hammers have announced their starting lineups.
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