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West Ham United supporters flooded out of the London Stadium in their thousands at half-time at Arsenal ran riot in Sunday’s derby Premier League clash. The hosts produced a stunning collapse to allow the Gunners to strike a flurry of late goals and take a humiliating 4-0 lead at the break.

Arsenal travelled across the capital seeking vengeance for the Hammers’ surprise 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season.

Liverpool and Manchester City’s wins on Saturday piled on the pressure for Mikel Arteta’s side to keep up with the pace in the title race.

And they emphatically did so, making up significant ground in points and goal difference while a gob-smacking first half unfolded.

William Saliba broke the deadlock after an edgy start to the encounter, heading home former West Ham captain Declan Rice’s corner around the half-hour mark.

Bukayo Saka doubled Arsenal’s lead from the penalty spot on 41 minutes after Alphonse Areola brought him down as he bore down on goal from a lofted through ball.

Then the floodgates opened, with Rice delivering his second assist of the afternoon for Gabriel Magalhaes to head a third past Areola in the 44th minute.

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