A devastating four-goal first half was the catalyst for Arsenal's 6-0 demolition of West Ham as Mikel Arteta's side kept pace with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Arsenal flexed their muscles as they tore apart West Ham to the tune of a six-goal thumping. Four goals in a devastating 13 first-half minutes put the Hammers to the sword as Arteta's team dominated every aspect of the game.
William Saliba got the scoring started with a header from a set piece (again) in the 32nd minute before two quick-fire goals from Bukayo Saka (won and converted a penalty) and Gabriel Magalhaes (another set piece) just three minutes apart took the game away from the home side.
Leandro Trossard, who has now found the net in back-to-back games, produced a superb curling finish to grab Arsenal's fourth before halftime.
The game followed a similar path in the second half as Saka grabbed his second, and then two minutes later, Declan Rice hit a sensational effort from outside to box to make it six.
West Ham 0-6 Arsenal: 3 talking points as Gunners tear apart Hammers
The game provided plenty of talking points; here they are.
1. Set Piece FC?
Another week and another set piece goal, well two actually.
First, it was Saliba who rose highest to open the scoring and then Gabriel was on the end of Rice's delicious delivery.
The last two weeks has seen Arsenal score goals from set pieces as it seems to of been an area of emphasis and it has worked to a tee. Have the Gunners now added another string to their bow?
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