Arsenal 1 West Ham United 0

Arsenal boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four with a narrow win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette’s goal 12 minutes from time, which was confirmed by the video assistant referee, lifted the Gunners up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth. The France forward swept a close-range effort into the bottom-left corner from Mesut Ozil’s cushioned header for his third goal in four games. West Ham, who enjoyed the better of the scoring opportunities until that point, remain 16th, above the bottom three only on goal difference. While David Moyes’ side had limited possession, they took the game to their hosts, who came out of the blocks sluggishly and struggled to inject any tempo to their play.

Jarrod Bowen’s early shot was tipped on to a post by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Michail Antonio failed to score from two clear chances either side of the interval. Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos earlier went close for Arsenal – he headed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross against the bar – before Lacazette popped up with the winner. Victory meant Arsenal claimed a third consecutive league win at home for the first time since February 2019. Since his appointment on 20 December, Arsenal have lost only one league game under Mikel Arteta, who has appeared to inject more resilience, energy and a pattern of play into his side. However, for large parts of this encounter the Spaniard’s imprint on his team was barely visible. While the outcome may have enhanced Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17, Arteta will know they will have to improve significantly to make up further ground in the race for a top-four finish.

Leading scorer Aubameyang, was a peripheral figure throughout. Although the Gabon forward showed glimpses of his talent, laying on chances for Sokratis and Nicolas Pepe from wide positions, he touched the ball only twice in the Hammers’ penalty area. In midfield, Arsenal were slow and ponderous, while a defence that included on-loan Flamengo defender Pablo Mari for the first time in the top flight was repeatedly caught out by West Ham’s swift counter-attacking. The one element that will please Arteta, is that his side found a way to grind out a victory when not at their best, with Leno excelling in goal and Ozil’s intelligence coming to the fore for Lacazette’s goal.

Ten Tips For Choosing Your Next Home

Everyone knows that moving house is a stressful experience. Whether you are moving abroad to live in a new country, or you’re moving around the corner and want to find a new street, there is a lot to get done. It’s exciting to get a new house – even if you’re old hat with the property ladder and you know the ropes with buying a new house, you need to think about your next plan. If you have a plan ready to go, you’re going to save yourself a lot of trouble and you can get a better headstart when you know what’s next.

With that in mind, we’ve got a plan for you below. You need the best tips for choosing your next house, and we’ve got ten of them for you to use to get started. Let’s take a look.

Tip 1: Know Your Budget

Everyone wants the perfect four-bedroom home with two bathrooms and an extra living space. However, not everyone has the budget for a home of this size and you need to know what your budget is before you get started. You may not be able to afford the mansion, but you can have a look at something smaller. This page has a number of cottages for sale which may suit your budget and you could fall right in love with them. Once you know your budget, only then should you even start looking for a house. There’s no use in scouting out houses that are beyond your reach and upsetting yourself when you cannot afford one!

Tip 2: Have Some Focus

You are allowed to have boundaries when you are searching for properties. You need to have them in place before you start to search because otherwise you’ll be presented with hundreds of options and no way of choosing the right one for you. Use as many filters as is necessary: if you’re spending money on a house, you want it to be right. Do you want a garden? Do you need to be close to the city? Look for the boundaries you can put in place and search for those boundaries.

Tip 3: Know What You Want

You may have a general idea of what you want from a location, but you won’t always know much until you research each area. Choose the location in which you hope to live and start doing your research. Think about school districts and local shops, the local crime statistics and what is going on in the area. If your area is nearby to the road, how loud is it going to be in your house of choice? Knowing what you want will help you to narrow down your search massively.

Tip 4: Can You Get Around?

Not everyone wants to drive everywhere all the time, so you need to see whether the area in which you want to move has good access to public transport. The last thing that you want to do is limit your ability to get around. A big part of the research that you do in a  new area has to surround the public transport system. There’s no use in moving somewhere you are completely isolated if your car breaks down.

Tip 5: Visit The Area

You can go to open houses and home inspections, but the actual area itself needs your attention. While you could visit during the day when the world is quiet, you need to go at different times of the day to know when it’s noisiest and busiest. Head there in the evening during rush hour and take a walk on the weekend, too. It will help you to get to know the area and also whether you want to buy a home there.

Tip 6: Never Skip A Viewing

You can get very tied up in the details when it comes to viewing a house, but you need to do these viewings and not skip out on them. First impressions really do count and when it comes to buying a house, you want to get this right. Always see a house a second time, too, so you can get a good second impression and be more practical about the house. You should do this whether you are viewing cottages or apartments, as you really need for this to be the right decision.

Tip 7: Test The Bathroom!

Whenever you view a house, you need to test out the bathroom. You don’t necessarily need to use the bathroom – you know – but you should flush the toilet and test out the taps. Plumbing is a big deal and you need to ensure that it’s working correctly before you spend money. If there are any issues, you can then bring them up to the buyer to be fixed before you purchase.

Tip 8: Never Be Afraid To Ask

There will be a lot of questions on your list, and you should never be afraid to put all of them to the buyer or to the agent showing you around the property. If you’re paying for a house, you want to ensure that it’s the right purchase for you.

Tip 9: Know Your Budget, Part 2

You need to check out the houses in the area and know what they are being advertised on the market for. This will help you to choose whether you are making the right decision with your particular property. You do not want to pay over market value for the house if you don’t have to, and it will help you to know whether it’s being advertised beyond the market price for a reason.

Tip 10: Take Your Time

It’s easy to get carried away and lose your head when you are buying a house. It’s an awesome thing to do and it’s a big purchase. The last thing that you want is for the whole thing to go wrong. Planned to precision, this should be a good buy for you if you choose the right type of house and the right type of finance. There will always be room to keep looking if you’re unhappy.