West Ham 1-3 Arsenal: Gunners Come from Behind to Win
Live Premier League commentary
Mo Diame (WHU) 20', Olivier Giroud (ARS) 40', Theo Walcott (ARS) 76', Santi Cazorla (ARS) 82'
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel (Tomkins), McCartney, Reid, Collins; Noble, Nolan, Diame (Cole), Vaz Te (M. Taylor), Jarvis; Carroll
Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Gibbs (Andre Santos), Vermaelen, Mertesacker; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Gervinho (Walcott), Podoslki (Koscielny); Giroud
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Well Arsenal take the three points from the latest London derby after coming from behind to beat West Ham 3-1.
An opening strike from Mo Diame was cancelled out before half time by Olivier Giroud and added to after the break by Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.
West Ham defended well for much of the game, especially from set pieces, but ultimately Arsenal deserved their win.
Full time at Upton Park
West Ham United 1 Arsenal 3
90+4'—The seconds running out for West Ham, but to their credit they keep trying to press forward. Their latest deep ball is over-hit though and runs out for a goal kick, which will probably signal the end of the game.
90+2'—The Hammers fans are all rather quiet now, as Arsenal waltz towards a deserved three points in the end. Arsenal have been the better side, though West Ham have made them work for the points.
90'—Fantastic pass from Cazorla. He sells two defenders dummies as he pretends to shoot, then makes a brilliant reverse through-ball for Giroud—who is denied his second goal of the game by the out-rushing Jaaskelainen.
Five added minutes to be played.
89'—Andy Carroll keeps the ball alive for West Ham after a corner and he plays in Taylor to shoot, but Mannone is down smartly to his left to make the save.
85'—Bit of a shocker of a challenge there from Matthew Taylor, who goes in studs-up on Mikel Arteta. He doesn't make much contact with the player but referees are judging that kind of tackle as dangerous and reckless, and he's fortunate to only get a yellow card.
Arsenal sub: Lukas Podolski goes off, Laurent Koscielny comes on.
84'—Walcott frees Giroud into the area and he clips a first-time shot in, but the ball flies wide of the far post.
Game over, and what a finish. Walcott does well to dribble infield and pass to Santi Cazorla, and the Spanish playmaker just drills the ball first time from left to right, burying it in the far top corner. Great hit, and three points for Arsenal surely.
West Ham 1 Arsenal 3
Santi Cazorla, 82 mins
West Ham sub: Mo Diame off, Carlton Cole on.
80'—Big Per Mertesacker shows Cazorla-esque technique to control, swivel and shoot low towards the bottom corner, but his effort is just deflected wide. For the thousandth time today, Arsenal's corner comes to absolutely nothing.
78'—NOLAN MUST SCORE! Where has Arsenal's defence gone?! West Ham break down the left inside channel, Diame touches it infield first time to Nolan who is central and his first time effort beats Mannone—but also clears the bar. Had to be the equaliser there.
78'—Walcott was also booked for celebrating with the crowd there. Don't think he cares.
Arsenal are in front! Theo Walcott is released 30 yards from goal and races towards the penalty area and completes a fine finish, low inside the near post—Jaaskelainen will be very disappointed at being beaten like that.
West Ham 1 Arsenal 2
Theo Walcott, 76 mins
75'—Some sustained pressure from Arsenal now, infuriated at not getting decisions going their way. Two shots in succession are blocked and though they've won three or four corners in the space of a few minutes, they've been able to make absolutely nothing of them today. A change in tack needed from those set pieces, perhaps.
West Ham sub: James Tomkins on for Guy Demel, who has gone off injured.
72'—PENALTY SHOUT! Aaron Ramsey bursts into the box and goes to ground under a challenge and Wenger is incensed—there's a definite clip and it's on the penalty area line. Should have been a penalty.
70'—ESPN UK report that Ricardo Vaz Te has a suspected dislocated right shoulder.
69'—WASTED CHANCE! Kevin Nolan bears down on goal having beaten the offside flag, but for some reason checks back onto his left foot, allowing Mertesacker to get in and make a challenge. Should have shot across goal.
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