Sigh of relief as Gunners stop rot

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 Dec 2019

Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg believes a weight has been lifted off his players' shoulders after a three-goal blitz in nine second-half minutes beat West Ham 3-1 to end the Gunners' worst winless run in 42 years.

Another miserable night for the Swede seemed in store when the visitors trailed at half-time to Angelo Ogbonna's deflected header.

However, Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal, followed by strikes from Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"It means so much for the players. They have been living under enormous pressure," said Ljungberg. "You see in the dressing room the relief and how happy they are."

A first win in 10 games in all competitions lifts Arsenal up to ninth and cuts the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to seven points.

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