Arsenal thrash West Ham in their biggest PL away win

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Gabriel of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on February 11, 2024 in London, England.

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Bukayo Saka notched a brace and Declan Rice scored against his former club as Arsenal closed the gap on leaders Liverpool with a sensational 6-0 rout of West Ham at the London Stadium.

It had looked like being a potential banana skin for The Gunners having already lost to The Hammers twice this season, but David Moyes’ men never appeared likely to notch up a hat-trick as the visitors produced a masterclass to underline their title credentials.

William Saliba opened the scoring just past the half-hour with a simple header from Rice’s left-wing corner before Saka made up for a couple of glaring misses by converting a clinical penalty on 41 minutes.

Mikel Arteta’s side added a third two minutes later when Gabriel marked his 150th appearance for the club with another header from a set piece. It had thousands of West Ham fans heading for the exits and their misery grew further in first-half stoppage time when Leandro Trossard curled in a sublime fourth.

The pattern continued following the restart and Saka fizzed a low strike in at the near post to make it 100 goal contributions in his Arsenal career.

Rice then rubbed salt in his old team’s wounds with a stunning 25-yard curler that he refused to celebrate on 65 minutes. West Ham went through the motions in the remainder of a hugely one-sided encounter and were greeted by boos at the final whistle.

The result means Arsenal have won all four of their league matches in 2024 and are once again two points shy of leaders Liverpool in third spot – and behind second-placed Manchester City on goals scored. West Ham, who in contrast are winless in five league outings since the turn of the year, remain eighth.

Next up, Arsenal visit Burnley on Saturday while West Ham are at Nottingham Forest.

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