The Gunners recorded their largest-ever Premier League away win and joint-biggest victory on the road in league history at the London Stadium, where Bukayo Saka was on target twice alongside efforts from Declan Rice, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard.
Prior to kickoff, a handful of notable players were absent from Arsenal's team sheet, including Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus, Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Jorginho was dropped to the bench due to a niggle of his own.
In spite of their stretched squad, Arsenal blew David Moyes's men to smithereens in the capital, where they were frustrated for the opening 30 minutes but capitalised on an alarming West Ham collapse after Saliba headed home the opening goal.
Speaking to reporters after the game, as quoted by football.london, Arteta was delighted to see his players use the fire in their «tummies» to beat West Ham, who had already got the better of his side on two occasions in the current campaign.
When asked what he said to his players before the game, Arteta replied: «Time to beat West Ham. We all knew it. We all had it in our tummies and we knew it would be a tough match and we had to do certain things better in both boxes than we had in the previous match. We certainly did today.»
On the manner of his side's win amid a wave of fresh injury concerns, Arteta added: «I'm not surprised with the way they train every single day. We're missing some big players for us and some big starters. But at the end players need possibility and chances to judge them. Today we canRead on sportsmole.co.uk