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January 23, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 60081‎
 
 
 
54′ Theo Walcott
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 5-1 West Ham

A second half double from Giroud sent Arsenal on their way to an emphatic home win with Walcott and Podolski also getting in on the act after a poor Hammers display

By Husmukh Kerai at the Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    18
    3
    2.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Nothing he could do about West Ham's opening goal, didn't have much else to do in the first half.

  • Bacary Sagna
    15
    5
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    An improvement from his recent displays; kept Matt Taylor occupied by making numerous forward runs combining with Walcott down the right flank. Should have done better from good crossing positions.

  • Per Mertesacker
    12
    4
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Organised the Arsenal defence well throughout the match apart from a couple of nervy moments from West Ham set-pieces.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    12
    5
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Struggled with a couple of aerial duels against the physicality of Carlton Cole but had an uneventful second half.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    19
    0
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Bombed forward down the flank allowing Lukas Podolski to vacate the left wing and drift in field to great effect. Was rarely troubled by West Ham as an attacking threat.

  • Jack Wilshere
    46
    3
    4.00

    Jack Wilshere Top of the Match

    Made some driving runs to create momentum for the hosts and played a nice flick to set up Podolski's goal. Always looked to penetrate West Ham's two lines of four throughout the contest.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    24
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Played well in the deeper midfield role by keeping Arsenal's move ticking through the middle of the park. Made a crucial goal line clearance to deny Cole in the first half.

  • Santi Cazorla
    30
    4
    4.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Was back to his old self, getting involved in the match whenever he could. Always looked for Walcott and Podolski in between the lines of the West Ham defence. Got himself on the scoresheet with a cheeky finish.

  • Lukas Podolski
    41
    4
    3.50

    Lukas Podolski

    Took his goal brilliantly when Arsenal were up against it. Was involved in plenty of flowing Arsenal moves in the second half, providing a good assist for Walcott's goal.

  • Olivier Giroud
    30
    2
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Clumsy performance from the Frenchman in the first half, he misplaced two key passes early on which could have had Arsenal ahead but made amends with a well taken goal in the second half. Came alive and led Arsenal to an emphatic win with two well taken goals.

  • Theo Walcott
    29
    0
    3.50

    Theo Walcott

    Was Arsenal's most dangerous attacking threat in the first half and played a big part in the second half goal flurry. His pace troubled O'Brien and Tomkins all night long.

Substitutions

  • Laurent Koscielny
    0
    0
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Was a late substitute as Arsene Wenger looked to sure up his defence, made one good challenge and had very little to do otherwise.

  • Andre Santos
    9
    5
    2.00

    Andre Santos

    Came on in the second half and gave a disciplined performance, helping Arsenal sure up the result.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    10
    4
    2.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Came on for Giroud with 20 minutes to go. Showed some decent touches but wasn't allowed to influence the game as he wanted.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    1
    4
    1.50

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Was beaten by a quality strike for Arsenal's first goal but made a great save from Cazorla's free kick to keep his side in it at the break. Not much he could do as Arsenal ran riot in the second half.

  • Winston Reid
    2
    2
    1.50

    Winston Reid

    Made a superb last ditch challenge on Theo Walcott in the first half to deny Arsenal a great chance. Was run ragged by the pace and movement of Arsenal's attack in the second period.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    3
    1.50

    James Tomkins

    Had a confident first half but was exposed by the pace of Walcott with little help coming from his team-mates. Lost his head in the second half as the Gunners upped the tempo.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    5
    1.00

    Joey O'Brien

    Will be having nightmares about Theo Walcott after the winger beat him on both sides all night. Brightest moment came when he made a goal line clearance from Podolski in the first half.

  • Guy Demel
    1
    6
    1.00

    Guy Demel Flop of the Match

    Got forward on a few occasions on the right side and delivered quality crosses on a couple of occasions. Had a hard torrid time defensively, caught out of position on far too many occasions.

  • Kevin Nolan
    1
    4
    1.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Anonymous night for the Hammers' talisman. Had very little service to feed off, couldn't get close to Carlton Cole.

  • Jack Collison
    3
    2
    2.50

    Jack Collison

    Gave West Ham the lead with a brilliantly executed half-volley but never really got involved in the game after that. Was hauled off after the hour mark.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    4
    2.00

    Matthew Taylor

    Had a couple of chances to trouble Arsenal from set-pieces but his delivery was off his usual standards. Was energetic in midfield without having any real impact on the game.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    4
    2.00

    Mark Noble

    Chased the shadows of Wilshere and Cazorla all night, never really got on the ball to effect the game himself.

  • Carlton Cole
    0
    6
    1.00

    Carlton Cole

    Was on the fringe of the match for much of the night, had one improvised finish cleared off the line in the first half, apart from that he did very little.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    1
    5
    1.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Did his best to support Cole in his isolated striking role. Held the ball up well a few times to allow West Ham to move forward in the first half but went off the boil after the break.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Potts
    1
    3

    Daniel Potts

    Came on for Jack Collison with half an hour to go but was stretchered off with what looked like a very serious injury.

  • Mohamed Diame
    4
    0
    1.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Had a chance to impress his possible new club with a late cameo appearance but never really got on the ball with Arsenal in complete control of the game.

  • Alou Diarra
    0
    0
    1.50

    Alou Diarra

    Came on late on to add freshness to the West Ham midfield but never managed to get close to the Arsenal midfield.

Results
 
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