Arsenal's lead at the top of the table is cut to just 4 points after a 2-2 draw with West Ham. Man City's game in hand puts pressure on the gunners.
|Jarrod Bowen fires in the leveler to put Arsenal's title charge in danger after a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium. (Photo credit: Sporting News)|
Arsenal’s title charge received a big blow on Sunday at the London Stadium, where the league leaders were forced to a 2-2 draw, a result that cut their lead at the top of the table to just four points.
The title race is still in Arsenal’s hands, but Manchester City does have a game in hand and will still host the Gunners at the Etihad later this month.
Arsenal also has to host Chelsea and high-flying Brighton before travelling to St. James’s Park to play Newcastle.
Alex Zinchenko has a groin problem, so Kieran Tierney came on for him in the only change made by Mikel Arteta.
David Moyes, obviously thinking about Europe on Thursday, made four changes to the side that won last weekend against Southampton.
Arsenal started brightly, as they have done many times this season.
A fast and furious move saw Ben White set up Gabriel Jesus for his fourth goal in three games, a strong return for the Brazilian since returning from his injury.
Martin Odegaard got on the end of a fine Gabriel Martinelli cross to double Arsenal’s lead in no time, but the Gunners pulled the handbrake and the Hammers got a foothold on the game.
Thomas Partey lost possession close to Arsenal’s area to Declan Rice, which proved costly.
Gabriel Meghaeles hacked down Lucas Paqueta in the Arsenal box, and David Coote pointed to the spot.
With the VAR quickly agreeing with the referee despite Arsenal’s protest against a potential handball by Rice in the buildup.
Benrahma sent Aaron Ramsdale the wrong way, and yet again, the league leaders failed to keep a clean sheet.
Arsenal needed the break as the hosts took the game to them and forced lots of errors from the visitors.
The second half started as Arsenal wanted it; the Gunners attacked, and it yielded dividends.
Martinelli forced Michail Antonio to handle in the area, and the penalty was awarded, but Arsenal’s star boy, Bukayo Saka, missed from the spot.
The Hammers grew in confidence. Jarrod Bowen broke free on the right and blasted one past Ramsdale to make it 2-2.
For the second consecutive game, the Gunners dropped points after leading 2-0, and that has now put their title charge in danger.
Southampton is next before a trip to the Etihad.