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EPL: Lacazette boosts Arsenal top-four hopes

All seven of Lacazette’s EPL goals this season have come in home games

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Arsenal boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four with a narrow win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 12 minutes from time, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee, lifted the Gunners up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth.

The France forward swept a close-range effort into the bottom-left corner from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header for his third goal in four games.

West Ham, who enjoyed the better of the scoring opportunities until that point, remain 16th, above the bottom three only on goal difference.

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While David Moyes’ side had limited possession, they took the game to their hosts, who came out of the blocks sluggishly and struggled to inject any tempo to their play.

Jarrod Bowen’s early shot was tipped on to a post by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Michail Antonio failed to score from two clear chances either side of the interval.

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos earlier went close for Arsenal – he headed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross against the bar – before Lacazette popped up with the winner.

Victory meant Arsenal claimed a third consecutive league win at home for the first time since February 2019.

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