Three second-half goals were enough to ensure we returned to Premier League action in winning fashion.
After a six-week hiatus due to the World Cup, they came back with a bang, despite falling behind to Said Benrahma’s first-half penalty.
Bukayo Saka restored parity after the interval before Gabriel Martinelli squeezed home his shot at the near post.
Eddie Nketiah netted a superb third to seal the win, and extend our lead at the top of the table.
William Saliba was unfortunate to give away a spot kick after making contact with Jarrod Bowen inside the penalty area. Said Benrahma stepped up and fired the ball straight down the middle of Aaron Ramsdale's goal in the 27th minute to see the Hammers head into half-time with a crucial lead.
The win over West Ham sees Arsenal move seven points clear at the top of the table before Manchester City take on Leeds on Wednesday, December 28. City have already been in action since the World Cup finished as Pep Guardiola's side beat holders Liverpool 3-2 in the Carabao Cup as they look to claim their first piece of silverware this season.
Mikel Arteta hails 'special' Arsenal win as they put on show for returning Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal stormed seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 comeback win over West Ham on Boxing Day at the Emirates; former manager Arsene Wenger in the stands for first time since leaving club in 2018
Arsenal produced a stunning second-half comeback to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over West Ham, on a night when former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger returned to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since leaving the club in 2018.
Wenger, who spent 22 years at Arsenal, had not hidden the fact that he found his Arsenal departure difficult and insisted he didn't have any plans to return to watch his former side
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