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Nketiah’s late strike gives Arsenal  2-1 win over West Ham United

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Michail Antonio’s first-half strike for the visitors had canceled out Alexandre Lacazette’s 50th goal for the Gunners.

West Ham was more organized playing with a five-man defense than in their opening 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United as they faced an Arsenal side fresh from winning at Fulham.

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But the hosts broke through in the 25th minute when captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, fresh from signing a new three-year deal, sprang onto a through ball down the left.

He then chipped across to Lacazette, who headed past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham leveled just before half-time with a brilliantly worked move from deep in their own half.

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Tomas Soucek ran the ball through the middle and sent a pass wide to Ryan Fredericks who whipped it into the path of Antonio to net from close range.

Antonio nearly doubled his tally with another tap-in shortly after the restart, but Arsenal’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno got down at his feet to smother the ball right on the goalline.

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Instead, Nketiah claimed all three points for the hosts.

He latched onto a Dani Ceballos layoff in the 85th minute, having come on less than 10 minutes before then to replace Lacazette.





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