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Monday, December 9, 2019

Arsenal news: Player ratings, Ljungberg's reaction to Pepe, double injury blow, Emery 'contact'

Arsenal have finally regained the winning feeling.
It took over 60 days and nine games across all competitions, but at the 10th time of asking the Gunners have finally won a game of football to ease some of the growing tension around the club.
Having fallen behind against West Ham United on Monday night, the north London outfit showed a ruthlessness inside 10 second half minutes to emerge 3-1 victors at the London Stadium.
The Gunners don't have long to wait for the next game as they're back in Europa League action on Thursday afternoon against Standard Liege in their final group game.
Having lost against Eintracht Frankfurt last time out - Unai Emery's final game in charge - Arsenal must avoid defeat in Belgium in order to join Manchester United and Wolves in the round of 32.
There will be plenty of build up to the clash and with that said, here's all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Player ratings

For 60 minutes it looked like the Gunners were going to go another game without a win.
Until Nicolas Pepe stepped up and reminded the world exactly why the Gunners spent £72m on him in the summer transfer window with a goal and an assist.
But how did the rest of the team fare at the London Stadium?

Ljungberg's reaction

Ljungberg faced the media following the West Ham game and two of the big talking points from his press conference was a first win as interim head coach as well as Pepe's performance.
"The players did amazing. We had a game plan, we wanted to move the ball a lot. The first half we were slow, we were lethargic. We didn't move, we didn't run.
"That in my opinion comes from players who have low confidence and don't do it at the speed you need to.

Double injury blow

Before a ball had been kicked at the London Stadium, Arsenal lost Hector Bellerin in the warm-up with a suspected hamstring problem.
Then after 28 minutes Kieran Tierney went off with a shoulder problem.
Those injury blows somewhat dampened the mood after the West Ham win and it's been revealed that the Scotland international went to hospital for further treatment.

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