West Ham United and Arsenal were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park in the early kick-off on Saturday (April 9).
The Hammers started the brighter of the two and went very close to taking the lead. Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini’s header from left back Aaron Cresswell’s volleyed strike across the six yard box went narrowly wide of the left hand post after just two minutes.
The Hammers had a goal harshly ruled out after 14 minutes as striker Andy Carroll’s attempted overhead kick found Lanzini who nodded the ball past Ospina only for it to be cancelled for offside.
Four minutes later, Arsenal took the lead. A neat pass by holding midfielder Francis Coquelin found Mesut Ozil who expertly finished past Adrian.
The Gunners looked dangerous on the counter attack but Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchez tame effort from just outside the area fell straight into the hands of Adrian.
And 10 minutes before the interval, youngster Alex Iwobi’s lofted pass found Sanchez in acres of space in the penalty area and the former Barcelona man calmly slotted the ball home to put Arsene Wenger’s men 2-0 up.
But West Ham had an answer. Andy Carroll produced what he does best by rising the highest above Laurent Koscielny and head the ball with venom past Ospina from Cresswell’s delightful cross to make it 2-1.
The momentum continued into the second half as Carroll's scissor kick left Ospina with no chance. The Gunners have made a league high 23 errors leading to opposition shots this season.
Two disallowed goals for the hosts left the home faithful riled and angry. The second was Dimitri Payet’s tap in being chalked off after Carroll fouled Koscielny in the buildup.
Carroll quickly recovered and scored his hat-trick. Upton Park erupted. Winger Michail Antonio’s inviting cross saw Carroll produced a header and meant the Hammers overturned being 2-0 down to claim the lead for the first time in the match.
After 68 minutes, Lanzini became the saviour for west Ham with a magnificent block off the line to deny Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal’s strike after the Hammers failed to clear their lines from an Sanchez corner.
With 20 minutes to go it was 3-3. Sanchez’s weighted ball found Koscielny from just outside the six yard box and the Frenchman’s first time shot put the game back on level terms. This was the Gunners 1,400th Premier League goal under Arsene Wenger.
Payet and Cresswell both had long range efforts kept out by Ospina in the space of five minutes as West Ham tried to regain their lead.
As both played quick attacking football in order to find a winner neither keeper was tested in the latter stages meaning West Ham are now on a 14 home league unbeaten run.
West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins (Emenike, 45), Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble ©, Kouyate, Antonio, Payet, Lanzini; Carroll.
Subs: Randolph, Hendrie, Oxford, Obiang, Moses, Valencia.
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny (Giroud, 67), Coquelin (Ramsey, 60), Ozil, Welbeck (Walcott, 81), Sanchez, Iwobi
Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Chambers.