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  1. Arsenal beat West Ham

    Arsenal beat West Ham

    Alex Song spared Arsenal's blushes with a late goal to seal a 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers West Ham at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • West Ham United
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and Arsenal finally managed to break down a resolute West Ham side, who are now three points adrift at the bottom of the table!
    • 90+2' West Ham substitution: Pablo Barrera replaces Behrami.
    • 90' Arsenal substitution: Emmanuel Eboue replaces Chamakh.
    • 89' Alex Song's third league goal of the season has surely robbed West Ham of a hard-earned point.
    • 88' GOAL!! Song makes the breakthrough! Clichy puts in an in-swinging cross and SOng beats Green with a diving header from close range!
    • 87' West Ham substitution: Julien Faubert replaces Obinna.
    • 86' Sagna's cross is headed away but only as far as FABREGAS... Green saves again! The keeper got down low to palm away the Arsenal captain's effort!
    • 83' Walcott's strike from the edge of the box takes a slight deflection but Green reads it well and parries! He's had a great game.
    • 82' Chamakh is complaining that he was elbowed by Da Costa, and gets a booking for his sustained haranguing of the referee. Replays show their wasn't much in the alleged offence.
    • 81' Bendtner has scored five of his last six goals for Arsenal this season (all competitions) after the 80th minute. (Infostrada)
    • 80' The ball is played between the two centre-backs for Bendtner, but Green is off his line to gather it.
    • 79' Arsenal substitution: Nicklas Bendtner replaces Arshavin.
    • 78' Noble sends in a free-kick, but it's easily headed clear by Squillaci.
    • 77' With Chelsea currently drawing and City losing, this is a game Arsenal could really do with winning. A point, in truth, is little use to either side.
    • 76' Cole slips a ball down the touchline for Ilunga, who gets in a decent cross for Behrami but Clichy does very well to put it behind for a corner.
    • 75' Gabbidon is too strong for Song, but Arsenal have another corner. Cole heads clear and Nasri tackles Obinna at the expense of a throw to stop the break.
    • 73' Noble sends in a corner and it comesto Da Costa at the far post... headed down but right at Fabianski! He was completely unmarked!
    • 73' West Ham substitution: Carlton Cole replaces Piquionne.
    • 72' Chamakh tries to knock the ball into Walcott's path but steers it back to Green.
    • 71' Walcott leaves Ilunga for dead and heads for goal. He beats Green with his shot but sees it rebound off the post and back into the keeper's arms!
    • 70' Parker drives from the edge of the West Ham all the way to the other end. He tries to dink a little ball through for Obinna but it's too close to Fabianski.
    • 69' Arsenal have failed to win either of their last two PL matches at the Emirates which were goalless at half-time. West Brom won 3-2 there earlier this season and Manchester City drew 0-0 in April. (Infostrada)
    • 68' Arshavin floats in a teasing cross for Chamakh... glanced right at Green.
    • 67' Arsenal substitution: Theo Walcott replaces Denilson. The England winger gets a very warm reception from the home crowd.
    • 66' Nasri plays a one-two with Fabregas but gets over the ball a little too much, and has to dig out a shot that is an easy save for Green.
    • 65' Clichy lifts the ball towards the far post for Fabregas, who sends a tame header to Green.
    • 64' Parker surges forward and has a pop on goal, but his effort flies high and wide.
    • 62' Sagna's cross is blocked by Ilunga for a corner.
    • 61' West Ham have failed to score in their last three PL visits to the Emirates. It is 315 minutes (five hours and 15 minutes) of PL football since they last scored – Bobby Zamora netting in their 1-0 victory in April 2007, their last away victory at Arsenal. (Infostrada)
    • 60' Arshavin tries to beat Da Costa in the area and goes down... the referee waves play on! The Russian went down a little too easily there.
    • 59' Parker is a bit dazed, but is fit to continue. It'll take a lot more than that to take down the Hammers' gutsy skipper.
    • 58' The West Ham skipper was hit in the face by a Fabregas shot in the build-up to that passage of play, and is receiving treatment.
    • 57' The free-kick floats right at Green, who catches it. Arshavin's cross is blocked and Fabregas takes a swipe with a volley but mises the ball. Denilson then has a shot blocked before play is stopped with Parker on the ground.
    • 56' Behrami fouls and knocks the ball away. The referee has another word. This could be dangerous...
    • 55' Arsenal are beginning to hit their stride now. West ham are slowly dropping deeper and deeper.
    • 53' Nasri does hit it from 30 yards out and the strike clips off the top of the bar! Not sure if Green would have got a touch had it been on target. Great effort!
    • 52' Boa Morte hauls down Denilson as the Brazilian drove for the box. The referee has tried to let things go, but that was always going to be a booking. Nasri may strike from here...
    • 51' West Ham have scored exactly one goal in each of their last six Premier League games. (Opta)
    • 50' Sagna plays in a cross but Chamakh is unable to get a decent header on to it under pressure from his marker. Arshavin fires a strike well wide of the far post.
    • 49' Parker again fouls, this time bringing down Chamakh. The Arsenal free-kick is repelled with ease.
    • 48' Parker slides in late and from the side with force on Denilson. The West Ham skipper escapes without a booking.
    • 47' A touch of handbags between Song and Behrami. The referee has a word, and that's enough. Arshavin's corner is headed out for a throw. The Russian's cross hits Chamakh and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 46' The second half is underway! Right away Parker goes through the back of Chamakh, and from the resulting free-kick Arsenal win a corner.
    • 45+3' Another hard challenge from Boa Morte on Squillaci is the final act of the half, and the Hammers are halfway towards claiming a vital point.
    • 45+2' Ilunga finds Obinna with a great ball down the left channel, but the Nigerian was just offside.
    • 45+1' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 45' Gabbidon blocks Squillaci's header, and rsenal have anther corner from the other side. This time Arsenal concede a free-kick through Fabregas.
    • 44' Fabregas feeds Song in the area and he fires right at Green! The rebound falls to Nasri, but he can't catch his shot on the turn. Arsenal come again and win a corner.
    • 43' Song fouls Parker. Green hoofs the ball forward and Boa Morte fouls Squillaci as he reaches for it.
    • 42' Green complains that the ball is not inflated enough, and it's taken away by the fourth official, presumably to be put down in a humane fashion.
    • 41' Piquionne gets his head to the delivery, and the offside flag goes up as the second ball comes in.
    • 40' Song is brought down by Boa Morte in midfield. Arsenal, as usual, take the free-kick short and quickly, and win a corner.
    • 39' Clichy fouls Jacobsen. Obinna will send it in, but it's hoisted high and goes over everyone.
    • 38' Possession in last five minutes: Arsenal 77%-23% West Ham.
    • 37' Play restarts with a drop ball, which West Ham roll back to Fabianski.
    • 36' Noble marauds forward and fires a shot right at Fabianski, who catches and holds. The midfielder had the wind knocked out of him by a challenge from Denilson as he made the strike.
    • 35' For all their possession, Arsenal have only tested Robert Green once, and on that occasion the keeper pulled off a very good save from Fabregas.
    • 34' Arsahavin wins a free-kick off Ilunga. Nasri plays the set piece in. Headed away to SOng on the edge of the box, and the Cameroonian takes a wild swing that swerves way off target.
    • 33' Koscielny gets the better of Piquionne and Arsenal can play forward. Green comes well out of his area to clear a long ball forward.
    • 32' Play restarts with a West Ham free-kick, which goes all the way through to Fabianski.
    • 31' Gabbidon slides in with a solid tackle on Fabregas. Advantage is played before Nasri fouls Ilunga. The Arsenal skipper goes off for treatment, but he should be back on soon enough.
    • 30' Song and Sagna exchange passes down the right before the latter sends in a cross that doesn't find a team-mate.
    • 29' Arsene Wenger has won 13 of his previous 23 PL matches against West Ham, losing on only four occasions. However, he has won only four of his last ten against the Hammers stretching back to 2003. (Infostrada)
    • 28' Another West Ham corner. Fabregas heads this one clear.
    • 27' Obinna twists and turns but Sagna stays with him and makes a block for a West Ham corner. Nice routine by Noble and Obinna finds the Nigerian in the box, but Squillaci is alert and hacks the cross clear.
    • 26' Manchester City are the only Premier League away team to keep a clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium in 2010. (Opta)
    • 25' Song goes into the book now for a very late tackle on Behrami as the Swiss goes down the left.
    • 24' Song plays in Sagna, who pulls the ball back for Fabregas to strike inside the area... great save by Green! The Hammers keeper stretches to his left to get two hands to the Arsenal skipper's strike!
    • 23' Ilunga gets the game's first booking for barging into the Arsenal left-back.
    • 22' West Ham play their way out of defence, but referee Michael Jones stops play when he sees Sagna down hurt.
    • 21' Arsenal are looking for their 50th home win a Premier League London derby, victory over West Ham would make them the first team to reach this figure. (Opta)
    • 20' Behrami finds Boa Morte on the edge of the box with time and space... the former Arsenal forward fires high and wide.
    • 19' Piquionne is back up on his feet. Noble's free-kick is again punched clear by Fabianski.
    • 18' Koscielny is penalised for bringing down Piquionne wide on the left. The striker remains down on the turf.
    • 17' Piquionne weaves his way into the Arsenal box from the left, but Koscielny does a good job of standing him up. At the other end Gabbidon blocks an Arshavin strike for a corner, which is cleared by Piquionne.
    • 16' West Ham have hit only one shot on target in three of their nine league games this season. (Opta)
    • 15' Obinna sends in a free-kick from the right for West Ham. Arsenal scramble the ball clear at the second time of asking. Fabianski has to come off his line to head another ball in away for a throw. A mark of how confident the much-maligned Pole is feeling at the moment after a good run of form between the sticks.
    • 14' Nasri sends in the free-kick to the far post... Song heads on to the roof of the net! The Gunners are getting closer. Green yet to make a save though.
    • 13' Arshavin's cross takes a deflection and loops across the face of goal. Arsenal retain the ball and Ilunga fouls Chamakh on the right.
    • 12' Arshavin times his run well to meet a ball over the West Ham defence, but he can't get a telling touch to knock it past Green. He looked offside anyway.
    • 11' Boa Morte is caught offside as he controls a dinked ball down the left channel.
    • 10' West Ham have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League matches with Arsenal. (Opta)
    • 9' Song brings down Piquionne on the left wing. West Ham have a chance from a set piece here, having barely touched the ball thus far... Noble's free-kick is punched clear by Fabianski and the second ball in goes over the bar.
    • 8' Another neat one-touch move and Gabbidon does well to dispossess Nasri inside the box! The in-form midfielder would have been one-on-one with Green otherwise.
    • 7' Arshavin plays a one-two with Chamakh and hits his first-time shot wide of the near post.
    • 6' Arsenal ping the ball around midfield with real intent before Arshavin's pass almost finds Nasri on the edge of the box. The ball just skips over the Frenchman's outstretched boot.
    • 5' Scott Parker looks to drive forward but Song is on hand to slide in with a good challenge.
    • 4' Da Costa goes in pretty hard on Chamakh. Arsenal take the free-kick quickly, but the Hammers snuff out the attack.
    • 3' Chamakh tries the give-and-go with Fabregas, but the return pass is a little too far ahead of him.
    • 2' Denilson releases Arshavin down the left and the russian scampers away. He is forced wide by Da Costa and the eventual effort rolls to Green.
    • 1' West Ham kick off and we're underway at the Emirates!
    • 14:57 The teams are out on the field, shaking hands in the msot cordial fashion. We're almost ready to go...
    • 14:55 Mind you, there have been red cards in three of the last four Premier League matches between these two sides, and Arsenal have won more penalties (4) and seen more opponents sent off (4) than any other side in the Premier League this term. (Opta)
    • 14:50 The referee today is Michael Jones. The Cheshire official took charge of Arsenal's 6-0 win over Blackpool back in August, when he sent off Ian Evatt. However, he is one of the more lenient refs in the league, dishing out on average three bookings per game this season.
    • 14:45 MATCH ODDS: Arsenal 1/6, Draw 9/2, West Ham 12/1. Says it all really. Wes tham will have to vastly improve on their abject second-half performance against Newcastle last week if they are to get anything from this game. Having said that, they are one of only two London clubs (Chelsea are the other) to win a PL match at the Emirates. (Infostrada)
    • 14:40 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Arsenal and West Ham United have met 106 times in the league. Arsenal have won 47 and West Ham 27. They have met 30 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 17, West Ham six. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six PL matches against West Ham, since a 1-0 home defeat in April 2007. (Infostrada)
    • 14:35 West Ham captain Matthew Upson misses the match against his former club with a hamstring injury he received against Newcastle last week. Upson has had intensive treatment this week but manager Avram Grant admitted he was reluctant to risk the defender. Striker Frederic Piquionne has recovered from a leg injury and starts ahead of Carlton cole in the Hammers' attack, while full-back Herita Ilunga starts.
    • 14:35 Theo Walcott scored twice at Newcastle, but he's back on the bench as Smair Nasri returns. Left-back Kieran Gibbs defender suffered knee ligament damage in that win at St James' Park. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) are still not yet match fit, while Jack Wilshere serves the last of his three-match ban. Long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie are scheduled to return to full training at the end of next week.
    • 14:30 ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Djourou, Eboue, Bendtner /// WEST HAM: Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Parker, Behrami, Noble, Boa Morte, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Cole, Barrera, Kovac, Faubert
    • 14:25 Both of these sides made it through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, but in very different styles. Arsenal claimed a comfortable 4-0 win at Newcastle, while the Hammers needed extra time to make it past Stoke City. They have been rewarded with home ties against Wigan and Manchester United respectively. Carling Cup quarter-final draw
    • 14:20 Arsenal are currently level on points with both Manchester clubs, and they are all five points behind Chelsea. The Blues will play at Blackburn and City face Wolves at the same time as this match. The Gunners can go three points clear of their northern rivals with a win here - at least until United face Spurs later today. West Ham are currently bottom, level on points with Wolves and Liverpool.
    • 14:15 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium!
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL!! Song makes the breakthrough! Clichy puts in an in-swinging cross and SOng beats Green with a diving header from close range!
    • 86' Sagna's cross is headed away but only as far as FABREGAS... Green saves again! The keeper got down low to palm away the Arsenal captain's effort!
    • 83' Walcott's strike from the edge of the box takes a slight deflection but Green reads it well and parries! He's had a great game.
    • 71' Walcott leaves Ilunga for dead and heads for goal. He beats Green with his shot but sees it rebound off the post and back into the keeper's arms!
    • 60' Arshavin tries to beat Da Costa in the area and goes down... the referee waves play on! The Russian went down a little too easily there.
    • 53' Nasri does hit it from 30 yards out and the strike clips off the top of the bar! Not sure if Green would have got a touch had it been on target. Great effort!
    • 44' Fabregas feeds Song in the area and he fires right at Green! The rebound falls to Nasri, but he can't catch his shot on the turn. Arsenal come again and win a corner.
    • 24' Song plays in Sagna, who pulls the ball back for Fabregas to strike inside the area... great save by Green! The Hammers keeper stretches to his left to get two hands to the Arsenal skipper's strike!
    • 14' Nasri sends in the free-kick to the far post... Song heads on to the roof of the net! The Gunners are getting closer. Green yet to make a save though.
    • 14:30 ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Djourou, Eboue, Bendtner /// WEST HAM: Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Parker, Behrami, Noble, Boa Morte, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Cole, Barrera, Kovac, Faubert
    • 14:25 Both of these sides made it through to the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, but in very different styles. Arsenal claimed a comfortable 4-0 win at Newcastle, while the Hammers needed extra time to make it past Stoke City. They have been rewarded with home ties against Wigan and Manchester United respectively. Carling Cup quarter-final draw

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • L. Fabianski
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Squillaci
      • L. Koscielny
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Song Goal Yellow Card
      • Denílson Substitution Out (67′)
      • S. Nasri
      • C. Fábregas
      • A. Arshavin Substitution Out (80′)
      • M. Chamakh Yellow Card Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • T. Rosický
      • J. Djourou
      • E. Eboué Substitution In90′
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In80′
      • T. Walcott Substitution In67′
      • C. Vela
      • W. Szczesny
    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • L. Jacobsen
      • M. da Costa
      • D. Gabbidon
      • H. Ilunga Yellow Card
      • M. Noble
      • Obinna Substitution Out (87′)
      • V. Behrami Substitution Out (90′)
      • S. Parker
      • L. Boa Morte Yellow Card
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (73′)

      Subs

      • C. Cole Substitution In73′
      • J. Faubert Substitution In87′
      • J. Tomkins
      • P. Barrera Substitution In90′
      • R. Kovác
      • W. Reid
      • M. &#352tech
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