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Arsenal back above Spurs after battling win at West Ham


Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win over West Ham to climb back above Tottenham and boost their prospects of a top-four finish.

The Gunners went into the game having dropped to fifth following Spurs' 3-1 win over Leicester earlier on Sunday, but Gabriel Magalhaes' second-half header (55) from Gabriel Martinelli's cross proved decisive in a hard-fought encounter at the London Stadium.

Earlier, Gabriel's centre-back partner Rob Holding, standing in for the injured Ben White, had put the Gunners in front when he nodded in a Bukayo Saka corner (39), only for Jarrod Bowen to bring the hosts level with a low finish just before the break (45).

West Ham deserved that goal, having been the better side in an often-subdued first period, but Thursday's Europa League exertions left them heavy-legged in the closing stages and they rarely threatened after Gabriel restored Arsenal's lead.


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