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West Ham United
October 30, 2010
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 60086
A. Song 88'
West Ham United
FULL TIME! A vital three points for Arsenal, but West Ham and boss Avram Grant will be disappointed at losing a point that could be vital.
90' + 5'
The home crowd are now as relaxed as their players as they look to play the ball around the park.
90' + 3'
West Ham are nearly caught on the counter attack as Fabregas races forward unchallenged, but he cannot get a shot away on goal.
90' + 2'
The relief from the home crowd is clear for everyone to see after Song looks to have sealed all three points.
Assist Gael Clichy
Goal Alex Song
GOAL! Clichy puts in a cross from the left which is headed home by Song at the back post.
Sagna crosses fro the right towards Bendtner. Da Costa heads it clear, but only to the feet of Fabregas, who strikes towards goal, only to see Green parry the ball away from danger.
Walcott races in from the right and hits a left footed shot from the edge of the area, which is deflected then saved by Green.
Yellow Card Marouane Chamakh
Chamakh receives a yellow card for a blatant pull on Da Costa's jersey.
Arsenal make another change as Arshavin is taken off and replaced by Bendtner as the home side look to grab the three points.
Arshavin plays a great ball from the right, but there are no Arsenal players in the box to get on the end of the pass.
Ilunga delievers a superb cross from the left, which is ultimately dealt with by the home defence and put out for a corner.
Corner comes in from the right for West Ham, which Da Costa heads towards goal, but Cole can't get on the end of it.
West Ham decide to make a change by taking off Piquionne and replacing him with Carlton Cole.
Walcott breaks the Hammers offside trap from the right hand side after a pass from Fabregas, his strike cannons off the post and into the grateful arms of Green.
Parker breaks out of defence, taking a 60 yard run before putting a pass to Piquionne, but the striker can't get on the end of the pass.
Arshavin takes a free kick from the left which finds Chamakh who heads the ball directly to Green from eight yards out.
Arsenal make their first change of the game by taking Denilson off and being on the pace of Theo Walcott.
Nasri plays another one-two with Fabregas before taking a tame shot towards goal that Green deals with easily.
Parker has the first chance for the Hammers from the edge of the box. Fabianski in the Arsenal goal isn't troubled as the ball sails wide.
Fabregas is leading the vistors defence a merry dance, but the Spanard can not find a way past the side a the bottom of the table.
Arshavin goes down inside the box. The referee has none of it and gives a free kick to the visitors for the Russian's dive.
Parker has to get taken off for treatment after receiving that blow to the head from Fabregas shot.
Fabregas hits a strike from 20 yards out, which Parker dives towards and gets hit in the face by the ball.
Arsenal are starting to apply more pressure on West Ham as they go looking for the opening goal.
Yellow Card Boa Morte
Free kick from Nasri from 40 yards out rattles Green's crossbar and goes out for a goal kick.
Sanga hits a cross from the right which lands at head of Chamakh who is pressured by Da Costa, with the Italian clearing.
The atmosphere inside the ground seems extremely tense as the home side can't get on top of the bottom of the league side.
Arsenal get the second half underway.
HALF TIME! West Ham will be the happier of the two sides going into the break, as they have worked extremely hard and kept the home side at bay.
Nasri hits a corner which is headed towards the goal by Squillaci, Green is once again up to the task in the visitors goal and palms the ball over for another corner.
Song and Fabregas play a one-two inside the area which ends up with the Frenchman having a strike which is beat away by Green.
Nasri swings in a corner from the right, which lands on the head of Fabregas, who plays the ball back into the area, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul against the home side.
Obinna has a free kick on the right hand touchline which he completely wastes and receives an ear full from his centre halves.
West Ham boss Grant must be delighted with how his side have coped under the pressure of playing Arsenal away from home.
Nasri hits a free kick on the right which finds its way to Song who is in acres of space inside the box, but the Frenchman screws his effort so wide that it hits the corner flag.
Gunners boss Wenger looks a worried man as his side fail to get in behind the visiting defence.
The home fans are becoming frustrated as their side can't seem to find a way by Green and the West Ham defence.
Obinna finds space inside the Arsenal penalty box, but he plays the box into a ruck of home defenders, which leads to a corner.
Song becomes the first Arsenal player to go into the book, with a two footed tackle on Behrami.
Yellow Card Alex Song
Song plays a ball to Sanga on the right, he then finds Fabregas inside the penalty area, but the Spainard's shot is excellently saved by Green.
Yellow Card H. Ilunga
Ilunga becomes the first player to receive a yellow card with a rash tackle on Song.
The visitors have managed to quieten the home support and look to have got a foothold in the game.
Noble has another free kick on the left, which Fabinski once again clears by punching from the edge of his six yard box.
Fabregas finds Arshavin on the right of the penalty area, the strike from the midfielder is cleared for a corner to the home side.
Obinna hits a free kick from the right, which lands a the feet of Da Costa inside the six yard box, but the Italians strike is blocked clear.
Nasri free kick on the right hand side finds Song unmarked in the box, but he puts his header over the bar.
Arshavin given offside as the Russian looked to get on the end of a Fabregas pass inside the box,
Fabinski punches clear as a West Ham free kick comes dangerously into his penalty area.
Arshavin races into the centre of the field, going forward and plays a one-two with Chamakh, before screwing the ball wide of Green's right hand post.
Alex Song makes a great tackle on the edge of the box that denies Scott Parker as the midfielder runs in on goal.
A free flowing passing move by Arsenal sees Cesc Fabregas put a through ball, but it's over hit and Green comes out to collect.
Arsenal are looking to get forward early, putting the visiting keeper Robert Green under pressure.
West Ham get the game underway.
The visitors to the Emirates Stadium, West Ham come into the game on the back of their come from behind League Cup victory against Stoke in midweek. They know that they require to get something from the game in order to keep Avram Grant’s from being cut adrift at the bottom of the league.
Arsenal come into the game without Jack Wilshere who is suspended, while players such as Manuel Almunia, Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen remain among the injury list for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The West Ham team is as follows: Green; Gabbidon, Da Costa, Ilunga, Jacobsen; Parker, Boa Morte, Noble, Behrami; Piquionne, Obinna. Subs: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Faubert, Barrera, Kovac, Cole.
The team line-ups for today’s game are firstly, Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Fabregas, Nasri, Denilson, Song; Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Szczesny, Djourou, Eboue, Rosicky, Walcott, Vela, Bendtner.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Arsenal - West Ham. My name is Matthew Harold and I am going to guide you through the 90 minutes. The home side will no doubt be considered favourites against the bottom side in the Premier League.
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