Arsenal showed they can thrive without axed star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Gunners moved into fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against West Ham, while the top-flight’s coronavirus crisis deepened on Wednesday. Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe netted in the second half of a fiery London derby at the Emirates Stadium that saw West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal sent off. Arsenal are one point above fifth-placed West Ham after a second successive victory eased the drama surrounding Mikel Arteta’s decision to strip Gabon forward Aubameyang of the club captaincy. Arteta’s side are in the top four at this stage of a season for the first time in two-and-a-half years. It is a remarkable reversal of fortune after Arsenal lost their opening three league games for the first time in 67 years. “It was a statement result. The performance, attitude and commitment the players showed is exactly what we are about,” Arteta said. “We have a leadership group and I expect every player to stick to our values.” Calls for Arteta to be sacked were widespread after an embarrassing 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City in August, but the Spaniard has steadied the ship impressively, with even the… Read full this story
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