West Ham Still the Best Club in the World After Hard-Fought Draw Against Arsenal

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2009

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today as champions West Ham United took on fifth place Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium.

With Arsenal trying to reduce the now five point gap between themselves and fourth place Aston Villa they would have to change the draws that had become all too common in recent weeks with wins.

They had proved they were hard to beat, however, going nine games unbeaten in all competitions, while West Ham could nearly match that with seven unbeaten.

As it was, both teams held on to their unbeaten records, and West Ham held onto their UWCC title after a spirited defensive performance as they held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw.

Arsenal dominated possession throughout the entire match, but the closest anyone came in the first half was when James Collins headed against his own crossbar early on.

Arsenal posed more of a threat in front of goal during the second half, but Emmanuel Adebayor was guilty of missing a couple of glorious chances.

As the match went on it seemed to be a case of when Arsenal would get the break-through rather than if they would, but it never materialised as West Ham held out.

Surprisingly, 76 percent of voters in the poll predicted that Arsenal wouldn't beat West Ham so congratulations to all of you who backed the underdogs!


West Ham's run

West Ham 3-1 Fulham (West Ham become new champions)

Hartlepool 0-2 West Ham

West Ham 2-0 Hull City

Arsenal 0-0 West Ham


(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship.)


West Ham's next title defence comes next Sunday as they host the champions Manchester United at Upton Park. Could Manchester United become the greatest club side in the world?!