West Ham United cruised to a 2-0 victory over cross-town rivals Arsenal FC in the first London derby of the Premier League this season. Arsenal FC’s latest recruit Petr Cech was at fault for both the goals as Dimitri Payet impressed on his Premier League debut for the Hammers.
West Ham took the lead just before half-time courtesy of Cheikhou Kouyate, who headed home a Dimitri Payet cross when Petr Cech came off his line to try to punch the ball. The Czech international failed miserably in his attempt to punch and he was also undone by some shambolic defending by his defenders who put no pressure on the West Ham players.
10 minutes into the second half, Mauro Zarate picked the bottom corner with a placed finish after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gifted him possesion at the edge of the box. Cech was slow to react as the ball went past him, however, in defence of the 33-year-old he was blindsided by Koscielny for the second goal.
Arsenal FC’s star studded lineup failed to live up to it’s expectation as the Gunners hardly created anything of note. Even the inclusion of last campaign’s Player-of-the-year Alexis Sanchez could not help the Gunners find away past the impressive Adrian. West Ham’s new A?11 million signing Dimitri Payet was impressive as he constantly troubled the Gunners defenders with his dangerous crosses and direct running. 16-year-old debutant Oxford earned rave-reviews from fans en route to becoming the second youngest player to start a Premier League game
Arsenal FC fans took to Twitter to express their concerns in light of the harsh reality ‘Cech’, while West Ham fans enjoyed a momentous day in their history. Petr Cech was the subject of heavy criticism from the disgruntled Arsenal FC fans.
Here are some of the best tweets from the match:
This rage, confusion, heart ache, desperation, panic and fear that Arsenal might get relegated.. I’ve missed this.
a FG (@FunnyGooner) August 9, 2015
Live pictures at Emirates Stadium. pic.twitter.com/p24xBzbCCH
a Uber Football Facts (@UberFootbalI) August 9, 2015
You Petr A?ech yourself, before you wreck yourself!
a Chef (@champ_ian) August 9, 2015
What We Learned after the Community Shield: Cech has authority, defenders feel secure What We Learned today: Romero >> Cech We never learn
a Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 9, 2015
So about Petr Cech single-handedly winning Arsenal the title…
a Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) August 9, 2015
If Oxlade-Chamberlain can avoid injury he will become one hell of a player.
a Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 9, 2015
Arsenal fans expectation before the West Ham game: Top of the league by this evening. Reality: Bottom of the league,
a Troll Football (@Troll__Football) August 9, 2015
Cech taking a selfie instead of collecting the ball at a corner. Roy Keane was right. pic.twitter.com/7ZccHDH1E6
a Bad Defending (@BadDefending) August 9, 2015
Things found in a 16 year old’s pocket: Chewing Gum Cell Phone Mesut Ozil
a Sychlops (@Sychlops) August 9, 2015
John Terry said his old mate Petr Cech will be worth 12 or 13 points a season. That’s three of them today.
a Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) August 9, 2015