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October 6, 2012 6:30 PM SAST
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 34974‎
 
 
Theo Walcott 77′
 
Top of the Match
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Arsenal
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Arsenal
Flop of the Match
Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan
West Ham United
Gervinho
Gervinho
Arsenal

West Ham 1-3 Arsenal: Giroud, Walcott & Cazorla strikes move Gunners up to fifth

Mohamed Diame's solo goal gave the Hammers the lead but Wenger's side rallied impressively, equalising just before half-time before capitalising on their dominance late in the game

By Jay Jaffa

EPL, West Ham United v Arsenal, Olivier Giroud
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Arsenal moved up to fifth in the Premier League as they came from a goal behind to beat West Ham 3-1 thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and a fine strike from Santi Cazorla.

Mohamed Diame opened the scoring against the run of play, brilliantly beating Aaron Ramsey and curling into the top corner before Giroud displayed his predatory instincts by stabbing home Lukas Podolski's low cross.

The Frenchman turned provider as he threaded Walcott in on goal for the 23-year-old to put the Gunners ahead, before Cazorla thundered a 20-yard effort in to seal all three points.

Arsene Wenger shuffled his pack following Wednesday night's 3-1 win over Olympiakos, recalling Giroud and Aaron Ramsey as well as bringing Per Mertesacker in to help counter the threat of Andy Carroll, who was given a start ahead of Carlton Cole by Sam Allardyce.

Giroud, who was still chasing his first Premier League goal, tested Jussi Jaaskelainen at his near post in the second minute and this early chance fostered a dominant opening 20 minutes for Wenger's team.

However, on a rare break forward for the hosts, George McCartney advanced from left-back and rolled a ball into Diame's feet.

The powerful Senegalese midfielder sized up Ramsey before knocking the ball past him as the Welshman pressed too tightly. From almost the byline and inside the box, Diame's next touch was of the highest quality as he bent a rising shot past Vito Mannone and into the top corner.

Diame though, had picked up a booking for celebrating with the home support, and was very fortunate not to receive his marching orders on the 28th minute as he clattered into Mikel Arteta in midfield.

The 25-year-old did survive a dismissal but he was the villain as he tried to pluck a ball out from the sky on the halfway line. Arteta pounced and Giroud swept the ball wide to Podolski who took a touch before delivering a splendid low cross into the six-yard box for the waiting Frenchman to poke home.

The half-time break helped West Ham recuperate their lost momentum and although Arsenal remained in control of possession, the Hammers appeared more direct and threatening. Matt Jarvis half-volleyed over the bar before Carroll leapt above Mannone but could only nod wide of an empty goal when he should have scored.

The game was pockmarked by injuries to Ricardo Vaz Te, Guy Demel and Mertesacker and it was a wonder that Mannone came away unscathed after several bruising collisions. But he will be pleased to have witnessed the closing stages as Arsenal turned the screw.

First, Giroud sent substitute Walcott in on goal, leaving the England international the space to calmly slot low past Jaaskelainen with 13 minutes remaining. As the Hammers pressed for an equaliser, Walcott stole possession and handed the ball to Cazorla, who had described this game as "fundamental" to the club's title chances, and he composed himself before rifling an unstoppable 20-yard shot into the top corner.

With that, Wenger's team had averted a potential banana skin and sealed a valuable three points in an impressive comeback.


West Ham United

22
Jussi Jaaskelainen
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Winston Reid
Defender
36′
2.50
3
2.50
19
James Collins
Defender
3.00
20
Guy Demel
Defender
76′
2.50
4
Kevin Nolan
Midfielder
2.00
7
Matthew Jarvis
Midfielder
2.50
16
Mark Noble
Midfielder
2.50
21
Mohamed Diame
Midfielder
21′ 22′ 82′
3.00
9
Andy Carroll
Striker
3.00
12
2.00

Arsenal

2.50
25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
3.00
5
3.00
25
2.50
28
4.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
83′
3.00
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
3.50
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
3.50
12
2.00
27
Gervinho
Striker
46′ 61′
3.00
9

Substitutes

13
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5
2.00
14
Matthew Taylor
Midfielder
63′ 86′
2.50
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
 - 
26
Gary O'Neil
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50
10
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Substitutes

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-
 - 
6
2.50
27
 - 
20
 - 
10
3.50
14
 - 
15

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