In a feisty London Derby, Arsenal and West Ham United split the points with a 3-3 draw at the Boelyn Ground. This will be the last match between the sides at this stadium as West Ham will move to the Olympic stadium next season.
The opening goals by Ozil (18’) and Sanchez (35’) were pegged back with a double strike from Andy Caroll (44, 45+1, 52). Koscielny would go on to score the equaliser in the 70th minute, and despite attempts from both sides, the deadlock would not be broken further.
Let’s go through the talking points from this match:
- The 3-4-3 formation of West Ham
The most puzzling start to the match was the 3-4-3 formation picked by Billic. With Kouyate suspended, Obgonna, Reid and Tomkins formed a 3 man defence. Antonio and Cresswell were moved up the pitch. The Hammers, not used to this formation, suffered as Arsenal dominated the opening 35 minutes.
Towards the end of the half, they shifted back to their usual 4-3-3 and regained their stride. As expected, Tomkins was substituted for Emenike who went up front, allowing West Ham to play with the more familiar back four. The second half, which saw both teams attack and defend often, was a more even one.