After seeing City score three in the first half against Leicester on Saturday Night Football, Arteta’s Arsenal produced their own fast start with two goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Gabriel headed Martinelli’s cross wide early on but the opener would soon come. Some intricate play from Odegaard, Partey, Saka, and Ben White, who all combined to release the latter down the right byline, before he squared to Jesus for a simple tap-in.
Four minutes later, it was two. Another fast break saw Martinelli given the time to swish a superb ball to the unmarked Odegaard at the back post. The Arsenal captain was left with the simple task of slamming home past Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal accepted their two-goal advantage and sat on it – failing to create many other clear-cut chances while enjoying over 75 percent of the ball as the half went on. At one point, West Ham fans showed their disgruntlement by booing their own side as they gave the ball away costly.
But Arsenal invited the Hammers back into the contest as a slack Partey had his pocket pinched by Declan Rice, who feed Paqueta in the box quickly.
Arsenal defender Gabriel came across and brought the Brazilian midfielder down – leaving referee David Coote no option but to point to the spot.