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Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Premier League    2010-11
Emirates Stadium   60,086
1Robert Green    
4Daniel Gabbidon    
22Manuel da Costa    
23Herita Ilunga   
37Lars Jacobsen    
13Luis Boa Morte   
8Scott Parker    
16Mark Noble    
33Victor Obinna    
21Valon Behrami    
30Frederic Piquionne    
9Carlton ColeSubed #30   
20Julien FaubertSubed #33   
12Pablo BarreraSubed #21   
 PosTable as at 30 Oct 2010PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
3Manchester United104101341409820
4Manchester City10311752126517
5Tottenham Hotspur10221642125615
6West Bromwich Albion93208411251115
10Bolton Wanderers9130651317812
11Newcastle United9112962125711
12Aston Villa92205110441211
13Birmingham City9221430226910
14Stoke City10212661044810
16Wigan Athletic101234141213410
17Blackburn Rovers1012245113579
19Wolverhampton Wanderers10221760143109
20West Ham United1011359023296
match review copied from

Arsenal 1 West Ham 0 By Jim van Wijk, Press Association Sport

Alex Song's late header gave Barclays Premier League title chasers Arsenal a narrow victory over West Ham to deny the bottom club a deserved point at Emirates Stadium.

Robert Green, in front of watching England boss Fabio Capello's assistant Franco Baldini, had pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Gunners at bay.

However, with just two minutes left, Song dived to head home Gael Clichy's cross as Arsene Wenger's improving side kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea.

Arsenal had plenty of momentum going into this afternoon's game after following up impressive Champions League performances with victory at Manchester City and marching into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

However, Wenger had warned against complacency, with the Irons looking to battle their way clear of the relegation zone.

Arsenal started brightly, with Andrey Arshavin put away down the left a couple of times, but the Russian was unable to make the most of the openings.

On nine minutes, Song tripped Frederic Piquionne conceding a free-kick on the left, which Scott Parker - so impressive during the Hammers' Carling Cup win over Stoke - whipped in and Lukasz Fabianski punched clear.

At the other end, Arshavin's deflected cross flew through the West Ham six-yard box before Song sent a bullet header over.

Piquionne burst clear down the right wing, but then after getting to the box, the former Portsmouth frontman seemed to run out of ideas and Arsenal cleared before former Gunner Luis Boa Morte drove a 20-yard effort over.

Bacary Sagna arrived on the end of Song's through pass to pull the ball back for Cesc Fabregas, who swept it goalwards, but Green produced a superb reflex save to deny the Arsenal captain.

West Ham remained positive, though, as Mark Noble ran at the Arsenal defence, and his 22-yard strike was straight at Fabianski.

Gunners fans were starting to get restless as half-time approached, with West Ham continuing to frustrated the home side.

Green again denied Arsenal when he kept out Song's angled drive and from the resulting corner, the often-criticised England keeper flicked over Sebastien Squillaci's looping header.

The hefty challenges continued in the second half, this time Parker on Denilson, taking the legs of the Arsenal midfielder as he followed through, but again there was no action from the referee.

Arshavin broke clear down the left and darted to the edge of the West Ham penalty area, but dragged his low shot wide.

Boa Morte was cautioned for pushing over Denilson as the Brazilian charged forwards.

From the resulting free-kick, around 35 yards out, Samir Nasri crashed the ball against the crossbar, with Green beaten.

The Emirates Stadium faithful upped the tempo as Arsenal went on the offensive.

After a goalmouth scramble, play was held up to allow Parker treatment as he had been struck in the face by Fabregas' shot.

Arshavin then went tumbling as Manuel Da Costa looked to have tugged his arm, but the referee waved away penalty appeals.

With 23 minutes left, Wenger turned to Theo Walcott as the England man, who had scored twice in the midweek Carling Cup win at Newcastle, replaced Denilson

Chamakh got on the end of Arshavin's free-kick into the box, but could not guide the ball either side of Green.

Fabregas sent Walcott away down the right, and he dashed into the area, before sliding the ball under Green - only for it to come back off the inside of the far post and bounce to the grateful Hammers keeper.

Green again came to the Hammers rescue when he saved Walcott's deflected effort before then keeping out Fabregas' snapshot as the Gunners pressed for a late winner.

However, the Irons keeper was finally beaten with just two minutes left when Song headed in Clichy's cross at the far post as Arsenal took all three points.


Arsenal Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson (Walcott 67), Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin (Bendtner 79),Chamakh (Eboue 90).

Subs Not Used: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Djourou.

Booked: Song, Chamakh.

Goals: Song 88.

West Ham Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Parker, Behrami (Barrera 90), Noble, Boa Morte, Obinna (Faubert 87), Piquionne (Cole 73).

Subs Not Used: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Kovac.

Booked: Ilunga, Boa Morte.

Att: 60,086

Ref: Michael Jones (Cheshire).

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