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Arsenal 4-0 West Ham

Premier League    1997-98
Highbury   38,012
1Ludek Miklosko    
2Tim Breacker    
17Stan Lazaridis    
6David Unsworth   
15Rio Ferdinand    
19Ian Pearce    
18Frank Jnr Lampard   
14Iain Dowie   
10John Hartson    
7Ian Bishop    
11Steve Lomas   
4Steve PottsSubed #15   
2Manchester United8310832204018
3Blackburn Rovers82111272207215
4Leicester City8230842013215
7Newcastle United5301541001012
8Leeds United8013163019510
9Crystal Palace8003163116310
10West Ham United82015311351010
11Coventry City8230860120510
12Derby County620041103669
13Tottenham Hotspur821144022269
14Aston Villa820135104589
17Bolton Wanderers703011112587
19Sheffield Wednesday8112480135125
match review copied from

Arsenal 4 West Ham 0 By Bill Pierce, PA Sport

Dennis Bergkamp can't fly but as he led Arsenal to the top of the league in a four-goal romp that humiliated West Ham, the Dutch striker showed once again that he is the nearest thing to Superman in the Premiership.

On a night when Arsenal celebrated Ian Wright's record-busting achievements, presenting him with a golden boot and a guard of honour, it was still Bergkamp - the man who dare not set foot on an aeroplane - who soared over proceedings at a ground where legends have been created.

His Holland team-mate Marc Overmars scored twice and Wright rattled in his 181st for the Gunners with a generously awarded penalty - all in the space of seven explosive minutes at the end of the first half.

But Bergkamp was the man who started the spree with an exquisite touch and a deft finish in the 11th minute and if the fates smiled more kindly on his dazzling array of skills - the full range of them unveiled on a classic night of Arsenal's sophistication - he would have collected at least a hat-trick to match the trio he landed at Leicester last month.


Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon (Grimandi 15), Winterburn (Platt 45), Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright (Anelka 65), Bergkamp, Overmars, Parlour, Petit.

Subs Not Used: Manninger, Boa Morte.

Goals: Bergkamp 12, Overmars 39, 45, Wright 42 pen.

West Ham: Miklosko, Breacker, Unsworth, Bishop, Hartson, Lomas, Dowie, Ferdinand (Potts 81), Lazaridis, Lampard, Pearce.

Subs Not Used: Rowland, Forrest, Hodges, Coyne.

Booked: Dowie, Lampard, Lomas, Unsworth.

Att: 38,012

Ref: P E Alcock (Redhill).

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