West Ham’s Champions League push was halted in its tracks at their London Stadium home by a remarkable Arsenal comeback which saw the Gunners come from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw in the Premier League.
The Hammers looked to be cruising towards a victory which would have seen them draw level with Chelsea in fourth after goals from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek put them in complete control on Sunday.
But own goals from Soucek and Craig Dawson saw Arsenal, who had looked at times shambolic in the first half, power back into the match before Alexandre Lacazette’s late header earned the visitors a point.
Hammers boss David Moyes was criticised for his unadventurous selection at Manchester United last weekend, but against the Gunners he unleashed Lingard, Bowen, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio.
All four were involved as West Ham raced into a two-goal lead with only 17 minutes gone.
First Antonio played a one-two with Benrahma and reached the byline before cutting the ball back to Lingard, who took a touch on the edge of the area before arrowing a fierce drive beyond Bernd Leno.
Moments later West Ham doubled their lead with Lingard again playing a pivotal role.
His quickly-taken free-kick caught Arsenal completely off guard, allowing Bowen to dart through on goal and finish past Leno.
West Ham were three goals to the good after half an hour when Soucek turned Antonio’s downward header home.
But Arsenal pulled one back when Lacazette tucked away a cross from Calum Chambers via a deflection off Soucek.
Arsenal halved the deficit on the hour mark when another dangerous ball from Chambers was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Dawson for his second own goal in a week.
Arsenal then celebrated the unlikeliest point when Nicolas Pepe teased a fine cross into the path of Lacazette, who powered his header home.