VAR intervened to enable Lacazette’s late strike to stand and provide Arsenal the three points over West Ham in an end-to-end game.
A aggressive first-half noticed January signing Jarrod Bowen hit the post early on and Michail Antonio waste a golden 2-on-1 possibility with Sebastian Haller ready for the rectangular pass, before Sokratis rattled the crossbar at the other end with a header.
Antonio missed the excellent of the probabilities following a corner, poking a knock-down just past the post whilst on the turn.
Arsenal have been the better side for most of the second-half, however it took VAR intervention for them to take the lead with a 78th-minute strike.
Substitute Alexandre Lacazette volleyed home from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s initial shot ballooned over the Hammers defence.
The goal was dominated out for offside at first however the lines and grids of Stockley Park were added out to show Ozil was onside in the build-up and award the goal.
The Hammers pushed for a late equaliser however were sunk by the full-time whistle. The end result leaves them only separated from the relegation zone by goal difference.
Meanwhile, an essential victory for the Gunners closes the gap on a Champions League vicinity to simply 5 points.