Mikel Arteta highlights "room for improvement" as Arsenal scrape West Ham win

Mikel Arteta underlined a "room for improvement" from his Arsenal side after they scraped a narrow win over West Ham .

The relegation battling Hammers somehow came away from the Emirates without a share of the points having lost to Alexandre Lacazette's late goal.

Hammers forward Michail Antonio missed three glaring chances to score, while Jarrod Bowen rattled the post, before the Gunners went on to claim the win.

Lacazette came off the bench to finish off a somewhat fortuitous winner, and despite earning the win, Arteta admitted his side were below-par.

“In the final third, against a low block, we struggled to make the right decision, Arteta said in his post-match press conference. "We struggled to deliver more balls in the box, we struggled to finish more actions when we had the opportunities to do so.

"It’s a big room for improvement.”

“As well as all of the simple thing and the passes that we gave away in dangerous areas which are difficult to defend even with the right structure because when you give the ball away, the team is not ready to defend that space.”

Asked about his side's top four hopes, Arteta added: "I’m only concerned about how we can improve, how we can sustain and maintain the things that we’re doing right.

"We perform better, we have a better chance. We don’t, we won’t have any chance. That’s all I’m concerned about."

Arsenal had struggled to make their possession county for much of the match, with neither Eddie Nketiah nor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting a single shot on target in the first half.

Bowen gave them an early warning whenhe struck the woodwork, before Antonio squandered two opportunities before the half-time break.

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