Saturday January 15, 2011 Day 23 Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 0 - 3 Arsenal

  • van Persie 13’, 77’ (pen.)
  • Walcott 41’

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  1. Grant on brink as Arsenal beat West Ham

    Grant on brink as Arsenal beat West Ham

    Avram Grant edged closer to the West Ham exit door as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win at the Premier League’s bottom club. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Arsenal
    • - 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 Final whistle, three nil to Arsenal and that's it for Grant I'd say.
    • 90+3 Hines looks wide to Cole, who plays a nice backheel back to Hines on the left now. All a bit late though chaps.
    • 90+2 Three minutes added time being played.
    • 90+1 Djourou, again inexplicably playing up front, almost holds it up for an easy Wilshere finish but the lay off is short.
    • 90' Wilshere with a rasping low drive that Green - blameless tonight - tips around the post.
    • 89' Oh you are kidding me. Bridge's hellish debut gets worse, if that is at all possible. He is injured and is replaced by young striker Nouble.
    • 88' ARSENAL SUB: And another, as Walcott is replaced by Gibbs.
    • 87' ARSENAL SUB: Arshavin on for Nasri.
    • 86' Nasri beats Kovac and Tomkins with a mazy dribble but Upson blocks his finish.
    • 84' Pretty much going through the motions now as West Ham cannot wait for the whistle...
    • 82' Eboue goes on a mazy run and RvP is begging for the hat-trick but Eboue wants one himself and runs into Upson.
    • 81' ARSENAL SUB: Denilson on for Cesc.
    • 79' West Ham have a free-kick on the right... Cleared as far as Bridge, what could be possibly do here? Nothing, just clears it. Phew.
    • 77' I sincerely hope this is just a lack of sharpness for Bridge - it would be a shame if he has lost his mojo, broken by evil John Terry.
    • 76' Van Persie to take... 3-0. Bottom left beyond the dive of Green.
    • 75' Penalty Arsenal! Bridge takes down Walcott after getting there after the winger racing in. Oh dear. This has to be one of the worst debuts ever.
    • 74' West Ham finally get a touch but Kovac's pass aimed for Hines is cleared. Nice ball wide to Barrera from Upson though, but Wilshere is back defending and brings it clear. Foul by Spector.
    • 73' More five-a-side keep ball from the Gunners as they use the full width of the pitch to work up some passing practice.
    • 72' All a bit subdued now. Arsenal thoroughly in control and a touch risk averse and West Ham dead and buried.
    • 70' Cole is still down getting treatment.
    • 69' Koscielny collides with Cole, who twists his ankle. Ow.
    • 68' Nasri skips away from poor Bridge, great low cross AND WALCOTT but Faubert does just enough to put him off and Theo stumbles into the finish and puts it wide.
    • 67' West Ham clear but Arsenal build again from the back. Surely there's another one in this...
    • 66' Cesc wins a corner on the left. Nasri will take it.
    • 65' Boa Morte finds Hines, he takes on Eboue, slips but gets up again and wins a throw on the left.
    • 64' WEST HAM SUB: Barrera on for Sears.
    • 63' Van Persie chases Tomkins into the corner and it's out for a throw. West Ham to make a change...
    • 62' A bit of juggling from Szczesny as he takes the cross on the line but he holds on.
    • 61' Sears with a cross that turns into a shot and a very good save again by Sczezny. Corner.
    • 60' Nasri is clean through but he is offside as he fires at Green, and he knows it. Tight.
    • 59' Van Persie takes it, and a massive deflection sends it well wide.
    • 58' Arsenal have a free-kick around 25 yards out, they're standing over it and whispering some evil ploy.
    • 56' Cole chases one down the right but it rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 55' Walcott fires a low drive from range that Green takes easily enough.
    • 54' Nasri tries to feed RvP but Tomkins holds him off and Green kicks long. Cesc finds Song on the right, back to Cesc who looks wide to Clichy. Keep ball again now...
    • 53' Poor corner though, low and to the near post and hoofed away.
    • 52' JUST WIDE FROM BRIDGE! A nice dipping curler over the wall and inches wide. A deflection off Van Persie too. Good lad. Now he takes the corner.
    • 51' Free-kick to West Ham 30 yards out, Bridge of all people wants it.
    • 50' Arsenal keep cutting poor West Ham apart as first Clichy and then Van Perise strike them over.
    • 49' Walcott wins a corner on the right as Bridge finally gets a block in.
    • 48' Walcott sends a wild effort well wide. Some nice pubs in East London. I'd recommend the Hammers fans set off asap.
    • 47' Walcott surges forward, more centrally now, Wilshere on the ball, nice run and he finds Song who goes wide to Van Persie, he turns Bridge inside and out and in again and fires one in that Green palms behind! Bridge looks like a retired old pro wheeled out for a testemonial.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+2 Boos greet the West Ham players into the tunnel. Arsenal lead 2-0.
    • 45+1 Green lives. Arsenal corner, Nasri takes, Green claims.
    • 45' Djourou somehow latches on to a ball from Song, what the blazes is he doing there, but Green denies him with a brave stop, picking up a crack on the Jon.
    • 44' Walcott scores on his 100th Premier League appearance. Karma.
    • 43' A novel take on "you're getting sacked in the morning" - the Arsenal fans have shortened the timeframe to an hour.
    • 42' COLE JUST WIDE! Should have been 2-1 but his free header from Sears's cross hits Djourou on the shoulder. Corber,
    • 41' GOAL WALCOTT! He thrashes it into the roof of the net from close range after Nasri and Van Persie tear the Hammers apart. Shocking from Bridge again - he played Van Persie onside and fell on his hind in a woeful attempt to prevent Walcott from reaching it.
    • 40' Nasri is angry at Boa Morte for catching him just after he unleashed that lob.
    • 39' NASRI JUST OVER! A one-two with Cesc and a chip over the beaten Green but it just clears the bar.
    • 38' Corner to Arsenal but Nasri's delivery is cleared out for a throw on the right.
    • 37' Sweet one-touch play by Arsenal but no end product as they keep looking for the pass instead of the finish, Cesc trying one touch too many. Wilshere nearly plays a killer ball to RvP but West Ham clear. Cole fouls Koscielny.
    • 36' Hines tries too much on the left, three Arsenal players around him he should have looked back to a team-mate.
    • 35' Cole goes down and the home fans howl but play on!
    • 34' Good defending by Eboue to snuff out a Boa Morte attack.
    • 33' Nasri plays the corner low to Cesc on the edge of the box, he returns it but Nasri's low cut back is cleared by Upson.
    • 32' VAN PERSIE HITS THE POST! Great play by Nasri dribbling away and teeing up RvP who drilled a sweet finish past the flying Green but off the inside of the post and away.
    • 31' Walcott on the right wins a corner off Bridge, no he doesn't, it rebounded back off Theo for a goal kick.
    • 30' Van Persie reacts quickest to win a bouncing ball in the box he has no right to win but Nasri cannot get the shot away. Bridge is having a bit of a mare.
    • 29' Arsenal are passing ringd around West Ham now...
    • 27' A lovely passage of play by Arsenal as Van Persie puts Song in but his finish hits Tomkins and spoons into Green's arms.
    • 25' Bridge plays himself into trouble but Van Persie can't get a shot away. By the way, Noble was replaced by Boa Morte a few minutes ago.
    • 24' Cole on the edge of the box thinks he's won a free kick but play on as Szczesny claims a long-range shot.
    • 23' Wilshere's super pass puts Nasri in, great diagonal run but his half-volley over the shoulder is scuffed and easy for Green.
    • 22' Mistake by Djourou lets in Cole and he must score but an excellent save by Szczesny! It falls to Boa Morte who races in AND HINES but he thrashes it over from an angle!
    • 21' Fabregas finds Nasri on the left, he cuts it inside to Wilshere who shifts it between his feet but just overruns it and Green claims.
    • 19' Oh dear. Should have been two. A ball over the top from Cesc sends Walcott through, Tomkins should have him but allows little Theo to shrug him off but he scuffs the finish straight at Green.
    • 18' Djourou stumbles but he is lucky as the ball spins into his path and away from Sears.
    • 17' Sears gives it away and Cesc has a pop but well wide.
    • 16' Good ball in by Nasri but half cleared. It lands for Song but the shot isn't on. Still Arsenal as they win a throw on the left.
    • 15' Faubert chops down Cesc on the left wing and is booked.
    • 14' GOAL ARSENAL! Lovely goal from Van Persie, superb first-time finish from 10 yards to rattle Theo Walcott's perfect low cross into the bottom right. Nasri let it through his legs, Bridge rubbish to let Theo cross.
    • 13' Noble inswings it at the near post but headed behind by Van Persie. Arsenal then get the second corner away comfortably enough.
    • 12' Nice flick over the top by Sears and Hines is in on the left, good run into space and a low ball aimed for Cole but Clichy whacks behind for a corner!
    • 11' Great hold-up play by Cole on the right wing but he has little support.
    • 10' Wilshere for once gets a pass all wrong, beyond Walcott who would have been in otherwise.
    • 10' Spector gets the better of Song but then somehow plays it out for a throw with no-one on him.
    • 9' Nasri shoots, slight deflection but well-held by Green low in the middle.
    • 8' Noble has no options to pass to and is closed down before he gives away a foul. Nasri and Van Persie fancy it...
    • 7' Koscielny shows good pace to get there ahead of Sears. Eboue forward now, inside to Walcott and now Nasri but Noble brings it away.
    • 6' West Ham come forward as Cole hassles Djourou but the Swiss gets it back to Szczesny, who clears.
    • 5' Walcott is flagged offside. A slowish start here...
    • 4' Great overhead clearance by Faubert after a knock-on by Van Persie almost lands on the head of the stooping Koscielny.
    • 3' Arsenal have a free-kick 25 yards from goal, a touch to the right, Van Persie to take.. into the wall.
    • 2' Eboue crosses from the right and Faubert knocks it behind for a corner. Nasri takes, up in the air by Upson and Arsenal retain possession..
    • 1' The first half is underway at Upton Park.
    • 17:25 For Arsenal their goalkeeping troubles mean Wojech Szczesny starts with little-known Irish youngster James Shea on the bench. Andrei Arshavin, who the fans have been booing recently, is also benched, along with Marouane Chamakh.
    • 17:20 Wayne Bridge gets a West Ham debut only days after signing on loan from Manchester City but Frederic Piquionne fails to make the squad after missing the FA Cup win over Barnsley with injury. There is also, vitally, no Scott Parker. Oops.
    • 17:15 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
    • 17:15 TEAMS - West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Spector, Kovac, Noble, Sears, Cole, Hines; Subs: Boffin, Reid, Gabbidon, Barrera, Boa Morte, McCarthy, Nouble /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri, van Persie; Subs: Shea, Vela, Denilson, Arshavin, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner
    • 17:10 West Ham's next Premier League win will be their 200th - they will be the 10th club to reach that milestone. Off the top of my head, the other nine must be Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle.
    • 17:05 West Ham and Arsenal have met 107 times in the league. West Ham have won 27, Arsenal 48 and there have been 32 draws. They have met 31 times in the Premier League. West Ham have won six, Arsenal 18 and there have been seven draws.
    • 17:00 Anyway, Wayne Bridge gets his Hammers debut following his loan move from Manchester City, while Rob Green makes his 200th Premier League appearance.
    • 16:55 Whatever the truth, Grant's days would clearly seem to be numbered (probably at one). If you were Grant, wouldn't you be tempted to pick a team with no goalkeeper - or indeed play Rob Green up front? If the rumours are true, then Grant really has very little motivation to win today, and you can see Arsenal winning by a cricket, snooker or very possibly a darts score.
    • 16:50 However, West Ham have this afternoon denied this, saying "categorically" that Grant would not get the chop. You can make what you will of the fact this was said to the Guardian by an unnamed board member, while nothing has been clarified officially by the club.
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal versus West Ham from Upton Park! It promises to be a surreal evening. It is widely reported that Avram Grant will be sacked after this match, regardless of the result, and replaced by Martin O'Neill.
  • Summary

    • 90' Wilshere with a rasping low drive that Green - blameless tonight - tips around the post.
    • 76' Van Persie to take... 3-0. Bottom left beyond the dive of Green.
    • 75' Penalty Arsenal! Bridge takes down Walcott after getting there after the winger racing in. Oh dear. This has to be one of the worst debuts ever.
    • 68' Nasri skips away from poor Bridge, great low cross AND WALCOTT but Faubert does just enough to put him off and Theo stumbles into the finish and puts it wide.
    • 61' Sears with a cross that turns into a shot and a very good save again by Sczezny. Corner.
    • 52' JUST WIDE FROM BRIDGE! A nice dipping curler over the wall and inches wide. A deflection off Van Persie too. Good lad. Now he takes the corner.
    • 47' Walcott surges forward, more centrally now, Wilshere on the ball, nice run and he finds Song who goes wide to Van Persie, he turns Bridge inside and out and in again and fires one in that Green palms behind! Bridge looks like a retired old pro wheeled out for a testemonial.
    • 45' Djourou somehow latches on to a ball from Song, what the blazes is he doing there, but Green denies him with a brave stop, picking up a crack on the Jon.
    • 42' COLE JUST WIDE! Should have been 2-1 but his free header from Sears's cross hits Djourou on the shoulder. Corber,
    • 41' GOAL WALCOTT! He thrashes it into the roof of the net from close range after Nasri and Van Persie tear the Hammers apart. Shocking from Bridge again - he played Van Persie onside and fell on his hind in a woeful attempt to prevent Walcott from reaching it.
    • 39' NASRI JUST OVER! A one-two with Cesc and a chip over the beaten Green but it just clears the bar.
    • 32' VAN PERSIE HITS THE POST! Great play by Nasri dribbling away and teeing up RvP who drilled a sweet finish past the flying Green but off the inside of the post and away.
    • 27' A lovely passage of play by Arsenal as Van Persie puts Song in but his finish hits Tomkins and spoons into Green's arms.
    • 22' Mistake by Djourou lets in Cole and he must score but an excellent save by Szczesny! It falls to Boa Morte who races in AND HINES but he thrashes it over from an angle!
    • 19' Oh dear. Should have been two. A ball over the top from Cesc sends Walcott through, Tomkins should have him but allows little Theo to shrug him off but he scuffs the finish straight at Green.
    • 14' GOAL ARSENAL! Lovely goal from Van Persie, superb first-time finish from 10 yards to rattle Theo Walcott's perfect low cross into the bottom right. Nasri let it through his legs, Bridge rubbish to let Theo cross.
    • 17:15 TEAMS - West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Spector, Kovac, Noble, Sears, Cole, Hines; Subs: Boffin, Reid, Gabbidon, Barrera, Boa Morte, McCarthy, Nouble /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri, van Persie; Subs: Shea, Vela, Denilson, Arshavin, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • J. Faubert Yellow Card
      • J. Tomkins
      • M. Upson
      • W. Bridge Substitution Out (89′)
      • R. Kovác
      • J. Spector
      • M. Noble Substitution Out (20′)
      • F. Sears Substitution Out (64′)
      • Z. Hines
      • C. Cole

      Subs

      • B. McCarthy
      • L. Boa Morte Substitution In20′
      • D. Gabbidon
      • R. Boffin
      • P. Barrera Substitution In64′
      • W. Reid
      • F. Nouble Substitution In89′
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • E. Eboué
      • J. Djourou
      • L. Koscielny
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Song
      • J. Wilshere
      • T. Walcott Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • C. Fábregas Substitution Out (81′)
      • S. Nasri Substitution Out (88′)
      • R. van Persie Goals×2

      Subs

      • M. Chamakh
      • A. Arshavin Substitution In88′
      • N. Bendtner
      • K. Gibbs Substitution In88′
      • Denílson Substitution In81′
      • C. Vela
      • J. Shea
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