Basel boss rates Arsenal display v West Ham, Gunners fans won't be impressed
By Matt Farr
Basel boss Urs Fischer has made an astonishing claim about Arsenal’s performance during their demolition of West Ham.
Fischer claimed that Arsenal were “dominated” by the Hammers on Saturday at the London Stadium, despite convincingly winning the match 5-1.
Basel and Arsenal go head-to-head on Tuesday night in their final Champions League group-stage game, and Fischer has been trying to unsettle his opponents.
“I did see the 5-1 match – West Ham dominated that match,” Fischer told the Star.
“What I could see is that Arsenal have really dynamic movement and good forward runs. They are a very efficient squad.
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“In the first half it was balanced, in the second-half West Ham were the better team and were dominating the match.
“But then Arsenal scored and it changed so fast and made them pay.”
Gunners fans are unlikely to be impressed by Fischer’s comments given the excellence of their side’s play at the weekend.
Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger’s side are expected to pick up where they left off against West Ham when they face Basel, and with Fischer’s bizarre remarks now on the table, will be expecting an even better performance on the pitch in a bid to silence the Basel boss.
Mesut Ozil had put the Gunners ahead at the Olympic Stadium after just 24 minutes, before Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead 20 minutes from time.
Sanchez added a quickfire second just eight minutes later, before substitute Andy Carroll pulled one back for the home side.
A quality long-range striker from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored Arsenal’s three-goal advantage almost immediately, before Sanchez completed the rout – and his hat-trick – four minutes from time.
The Hammers did threaten Arsenal on occasion, but the Gunners back-line looked fairly comfortable in dealing with any incoming threat from the home side. The goal West Ham did manage to score came from a set-piece, as opposed to any overpowering attack from Slaven Bilic’s side.
However, had Arsenal not been wasteful in front of goal in the first period, the scoreline could have been much worse for West Ham.
In other Arsenal news, fans have reacted very well to their FA Cup third-round draw against Preston.