ARS
WHU
90'
FT Arsenal 3-1 West Ham.
Arsenal Substitution
87'
 
Arsenal sub: Jenkinson on, Cazorla off.
85'
Here's one for you stat freaks: Podolski has now scored four times in his his last three Premier League appearances against West Ham.
West Ham United Substitution
83'
 
West Ham sub: Carlton Cole on, Carroll off.
81'
Not sure how Downing lasted 80 minutes, to be honest. Utterly ineffective on a night when he should have been asking questions of the makeshift left-back Vermaelen.
80'
 
West Ham double sub: Vaz Te & Joe Cole on, Downing & Jarvis off.
West Ham United Substitution
78'
 
GOAL! Podolski scores again for Arsenal! Giroud's cross from the left is brilliantly cushioned into Podolski's path by Ramsey - and the German does the rest with a clinical finish. 3-1!
Arsenal Goal

Left Footed - Top Center

West Ham United Substitution
76'
While being 2-1 up is better than 2-1 down, the home fans will be anxious if the score remains the same. Can they wrap it up in the final minutes?
75'
How different could Arsenal's season have been had they kept that man - Ramsey - and Walcott fit? Oh, and Mesut Oezil too.
74'
Ramsey is straight into the action, with a rising shot that doesn't trouble Adrian.
72'
 
Arsenal sub: Ramsey on, Rosicky off.
Arsenal Substitution
70'
Ramsey about to come on for the hosts.
68'
This is a spirited effort by West Ham. Can they break Arsenal down and dent their top four hopes?
66'
Delicate scoreline for Arsenal, who are having to deal with West Ham pushing for the equaliser.
64'
Almost a Cazorla cracker! Arsenal launch a counter-attack and Cazorla, driving in from the right, lets fly with a rising left-footed drive that whistles past the far post.
Arsenal Yellow card

Arsenal

West Ham

63'
 
Kallstrom marks his first start with a yellow. Catches Nocerino late.
61'
Podolski tests Adrian with a fierce free-kick but the keeper makes a solid stop.
West Ham United Yellow card

Arsenal

West Ham

60'
 
Giroud is fouled on the edge of the box by Armero - Diame booked for saying something naughty.
58'
Important moments for Arsene Wenger now. Should he protect the lead or go for a third? The crowd urging them on for another!
57'
What do West Ham have in the tank now?
55'
 
GOAL! Giroud scores for Arsenal! The Frenchman has remembered how to score! Vermaelen's long ball is brought down brilliantly and finished with his right foot under Adrian. Lovely finish and Arsenal lead 2-1!
Arsenal Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Center

54'
Arsenal needs something here. Will they get it?
52'
Nocerino's early cross almost catches Arsenal out, but Carroll can't quite reach it as it runs into Szczesny's arms. Good idea, though.
50'
@justi623 on Twitter: "Arsenal have been bad but they'll get the job done. Cazorla with the winner!" Tweet me at @mjdasilva
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48'
Diame gets away from Arteta and, 25 yards from goal, puts one over the goal and probably out of the stadium.
47'
Downing goes for goal and thinks he should have had a corner. He doesn't get it.
46'
SECOND HALF. Arsenal get us back underway.
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Will Arsenal get themselves the win? Will Podolski's goal prove crucial? Or do Arsenal's top four hopes end here? Tweet me @mjdasilva
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45'+1
HT Arsenal 1-1 West Ham.
45'
Very nice finish by the German, at the perfect time for his team.
44'
 
GOAL! Arsenal level through Podolski! West Ham's lead didn't last long as a defensive error gives Cazorla possession. He slides in Podolski, who arrows a superb shot across the keeper and into the bottom corner. 1-1!
Arsenal Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

42'
Kallstrom looks to level immediately with a shot from a tight angle that goes out for a corner.
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41'
The goal was always going to come from that side of the pitch. West Ham have been targeting Vermaelen and, while the woeful Downing couldn't beat him, Nocerino could.
40'
 
GOAL! Jarvis scores for West Ham! Nocerino drives into the box, his deflected cross pops into the air after Arsenal fail to clear, and Jarvis nods in from close range! 0-1!
West Ham United Goal

Header - Bottom Right

39'
Downing runs at Vermaelen again but produces a pathetic cross and Szczesny claims.
West Ham United Yellow card

Arsenal

West Ham

37'
 
Nocerino in the book for a tug on Giroud.
35'
West Ham dangerous when Jarvis drives down the left wing. He stretches Arsenal again, but this time his cross is dealt with by the retreating Mertersacker.
34'
Giroud almost makes amends for his miss by creating an opening for Rosicky with a cushioned pass, but Tomkins recovers to make the interception.
33'
Arsenal coming into this now though. West Ham being forced to do plenty of defending at the moment.
31'
The Giroud of 4 months ago would have buried that.
30'
Oh dear! Giroud misses a sitter. Cazorla sends him through with a perfect through ball and Giroud attempts some sort of flick with the outside of his foot and completely fluffs it.
29'
All very lethargic from the Gunners, who look like they've been playing for days. Very little spark or energy at the moment.
28'
Sanga and Giroud on different wavelengths as they look to combine on the right.
26'
West Ham are doing a very good job of interrupting Arsenal's rhythm. Wenger's side just cannot impose themselves on the contest.
24'
At the other end, Arsenal break with speed and Giroud feels he should have a corner - but he doesn't get one.
22'
Vermaelen is all over the shop at left back. Luckily for Arsenal, they're facing Stewart Downing on the right and the former Liverpool man cannot take advantage of the space he finds.
20'
Arsene Wenger is chewing his nails with alarming vigour.
19'
West Ham and Diame, in particular, are testing Arsenal at the moment.
18'
Diame blazes over from six yards with a first time shot after Carroll drilled a low cross into the danger area.
17'
West Ham stretching Arsenal down the wings. Jarvis drives down the left and swings in a good cross, which is headed away for a Hammers corner.
15'
West Ham penalty claim as Jarvis is caught late by Sagna in the box. The Frenchman lucky to get away with that.
Arsenal Yellow card

Arsenal

West Ham

14'
 
Poor challenge by Rosicky, who takes a heavy touch and then lunges into a late challenge on Armero - clear booking.
12'
Arsenal just lacking some fluency in attack at the moment.
10'
The ball pops up for Podolski at the far post. The German lashes over - but the flag is up.
9'
Arsenal break down the right with Rosicky, but the Czech midfielder slightly delays his pass to Cazorla and the move loses its momentum.
8'
Noble looks for Carroll with a hanging free-kick but the England striker is muscled out of it by Metersacker.
7'
That opportunity was created again by Diame, who is proving a handful for Arsenal here.
5'
West Ham are putting Arsenal under some pressure here as Nocerino swings a leg at the ball in the box but his shot is blocked.
4'
Opening for West Ham as Diame drives into the box unchallenged, but sees his early shot blocked by Mertersacker.
3'
Arsenal seeing more of the ball in these opening exchanges.
2'
Arsenal win an early corner, which Santi Cazorla whips in - but Nocerino heads clear from the near post.
1'
KICK OFF. We are underway at the Emirates.
19.40
Today is, of course, the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, so there will be a minute's silence before we get underway at the Emirates.
19.35
West Ham’s last three Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).
19.30
Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
19.25
Time for a few stats to whet the appetite... Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
19.20
Sam Allardyce: "Certainly with Arsenal's game load and some of the injuries they have, then yes they will be weaker than they possibly could be. If we can seek an advantage by those problems that they have then it gives us a better chance of getting a result. It won't be any easier than it ever has been to get a result at the Emirates because the players that are actually playing won't fatigue until later in the game."
19.15
Arsene Wenger on facing West Ham and Andy Carroll: "Once the ball is up there, you do not find many people who can compete with him and win the challenge, so what is important is that we stop the balls going to him. Of that quality, in the air, there are not many (better), I don't think so. West Ham are in a comfortable position, that means they can play without fear. So we know that in these kind of games it's very important that we have a good focus and a good tempo in our game."
19.10
For West Ham, skipper Kevin Nolan misses out so Nocerino comes in to replace him.
19.05
Kim Kallstrom finally starts for Arsenal! Laurent Koscielny returns from injury so Vermaelen moves to left-back, with Szczesny returning in goal.
19.00
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Kallstrom, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Bellerin, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanogo, Akpom /// WEST HAM: Adrian, Reid, Tomkins, Jarvis, Armero, Carroll, Noble, Demel, Diame, Downing, Nocerino. Subs: McCartney, Vaz Te, Taylor, Jaaskelainen, C.Cole, J.Cole, Johnson.
18.45
Hello everyone. Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Arsenal vs West Ham from the Emirates. Team news to follow...

Starting Line-ups

Arsenal
West Ham United
    • Szczesny
    • Vermaelen
    • 6
      Koscielny
    • 4
      Mertesacker
    • Sagna
    • Kim Källström
    • 8
      Arteta
    • 9
      Podolski
    • 7
      Rosicky
    • 19
      Cazorla
    • 12
      Giroud
Team Manager:  Arsène Wenger
    • Downing
    • 9
      Carroll
    • 7
      Jarvis
    • 16
      Noble
    • Nocerino
    • Diamé
    • 20
      Demel
    • 5
      Tomkins
    • 2
      Reid
    • Armero
    • 13
      Adrián
Team Manager:  Slaven Bilic
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
W. SzczesnyDFP
0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. SagnaDFP
0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
P. MertesackerDFP
0 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 90
T. VermaelenDFP
0 1 0 1 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
L. KoscielnyDFP
0 0 0 1 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. ArtetaDFP
0 0 0 75 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
L. PodolskiDFP
2 0 3 42 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
Kim KällströmDFP
0 0 1 84 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 90
S. CazorlaDFP
0 1 0 55 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 88
T. RosickyDFP
0 0 1 50 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 72
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
O. GiroudDFP
1 0 2 40 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
AdriánDFP
0 5 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
P. ArmeroDFP
0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
W. ReidDFP
0 0 0 1 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
J. TomkinsDFP
0 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
G. DemelDFP
0 0 0 6 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. NocerinoDFP
0 0 1 42 0 1 2 4 1 0 0 90
M. NobleDFP
0 0 0 55 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
M. DiaméDFP
0 0 0 35 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 90
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. CarrollDFP
0 0 0 26 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 84
S. DowningDFP
0 0 0 22 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 78
M. JarvisDFP
1 0 1 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 78
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