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1 vs 3
Played
December 26, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 34977‎
 
46′ Carlton Cole
Theo Walcott 68′
 
Theo Walcott 71′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal

Theo Walcott struck twice in three second-half minutes and Lukas Podolski netted late on as the Gunners overcame Carlton Cole's opener to continue their prolific away form

By Greg Stobart at Upton Park

  • Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
    1
    4
    1.50

    Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo Flop of the Match

    Made a couple of decent saves but unfortunately his afternoon will be remembered for his poor attempt to save Walcott's first goal.

  • George McCartney
    0
    1
    1.50

    George McCartney

    Looked strong at left-back early on but understandably struggled in central defence and was caught ball-watching.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    2
    2.00

    James Tomkins

    Been in the headlines for the wrong reasons lately. Responded with a decent display although he was caught out at times by Arsenal's attacking movement.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    3
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Strong one-on-one with Cazorla but didn't know whether to track the Spaniard inside and struggled when Gibbs overlapped.

  • James Collins
    0
    1
    2.50

    James Collins

    Some strong challenges and important interceptions before he was forced off in the first-half with an apparent ankle injury.

  • Kevin Nolan
    0
    1
    2.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Frustrated some of the West Ham supporters with his lack of mobility but showed his usefulness with the shot from the edge of the box in the lead up to Cole's goal.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Jarvis

    The winger saw plenty of the ball early on and was always an outlet for West Ham as he looked to whip in crosses. Involved in the build-up to Cole's goal.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Some lovely passes, especially to put Jarvis through in the second-half and kept trying to drive the home side forward.

  • Mohamed Diame
    2
    0
    2.50

    Mohamed Diame

    Some impressive runs to drive the hosts forward but lacked options in the final third. Forced Szczesny into action with a left-footed shot from 30 yards in the first half.

  • Joe Cole
    1
    0
    2.00

    Joe Cole

    Some neat passing but lacked the sharpness and turn of pace to get away from Arsenal players.

  • Carlton Cole
    1
    2
    3.00

    Carlton Cole

    A welcome sight for the West Ham supporters to see a striker on the pitch. Scored the opener just after half-time with a close range tap in and caused the Arsenal defence problems with his workrate. Should have scored more.

Substitutions

  • R. Raţ
    0
    1
    1.50

    R. Raţ

    Failed to handle Walcott and was exposed at left-back after replacing the injured Collins in the first-half.

  • Guy Demel
    0
    1
    2.00

    Guy Demel

    Came on for O'Brien in the 63rd minute. Allowed Podolski to cross too easily for Arsenal's second goal.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Came on for Nolan with 15 minutes to play but made no real impact.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    0
    3
    2.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Pole really should have done much better for West Ham's goal as he spilled straight for Cole to tap in.

  • Bacary Sagna
    0
    0
    2.00

    Bacary Sagna

    A poor performance from the right back as he allowed Matt Jarvis far too much time and space to get hold of the ball and deliver crosses.

  • Per Mertesacker
    0
    3
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Some classy defending as ever, particularly in his reading of the game. Seemed rattled in the 10-minute spell at the start of the second half when West Ham took charge of the game.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    2
    2
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Solid in the first-half but too slow to react to West Ham's fast-paced attacks in the second half and lucky not to be further punished.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Some strong attacking runs on the overlap throughout the game and coped fairly well defensively.

  • Mikel Arteta
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Tidy passing but maybe lacked incision and creativity. Zipped a volley just wide before half-time.

  • Mesut Özil
    2
    3
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Some typically classy touches but never really took control of the game. Wonderful pass for Giroud in the first-half and should have scored in the second but was denied by Adrian.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    1
    6
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Brilliant scooped pass for Walcott in the first half and full of running before he was replaced by Podolski due to injury in the second half.

  • Santi Cazorla
    3
    0
    4.00

    Santi Cazorla Top of the Match

    Brought back into the side and was Arsenal's best attacking player. Some lovely passes and always looked to shoot around the edge of the penalty area. Closest the Spaniard came was when he powered just over in the first half.

  • Olivier Giroud
    1
    0
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    A poor performance from the French striker, perhaps struggling from the amount of games he's had to play this season. Looked a yard off the pace and missed some good chances, particularly when he was put through in the first half.

  • Theo Walcott
    2
    2
    4.00

    Theo Walcott

    Turned the game for Arsenal with two quick second-half goal. Needed a bit of luck to steer the first past Adrian but produced a fantastic header for the second.

Substitutions

  • Lukas Podolski
    2
    1
    3.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Replaced the injured Ramsey and made a real difference. Crossed for Walcott's second goal before slamming in the third from the edge of the box.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    1
    2
    2.50

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Replaced Giroud late on.

Results
 
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