• English Barclays Premier League
  • 23 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 60,081
ArsenalArsenalvWest HamWest Ham
  • Podolski, 22
  • Giroud, 47
  • Cazorla, 53
  • Walcott, 54
  • Giroud, 57
  • Collison, 18

live commentary


101 mins: André Santos hits a very ambitous long-range strike well wide of the target

98 mins: Santiago Cazorla cuts in the right and hits it with his left from outside the area and it deflects wide of the target

95 mins: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finds Theo Walcott in space in the area but he cannot find the net with his shot and hits it into Joey O'Brien

92 mins: Jussi Jääskeläinen gets out to close down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the area and collects the ball

90 mins:There will be 12 minutes of added time played

85 mins: James Tomkins tries a volley after getting on the end of a Matthew Taylor chip into the box, but the flag goes up for offside

83 mins:A lengthy hold up and Daniel Potts had to be stretchered off. It means West Ham are down to 10 men.

74 mins:There is a long break in play as Daniel Potts requires extensive treatment. It is a worrying situation

71 mins: Olivier Giroud replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

69 mins: Ricardo Vaz Te replaced by Alou Diarra

68 mins: Lukas Podolski replaced by André Santos

67 mins: Theo Walcott put in behind the defence on the right but he fails to find either Lukas Podolski or Olivier Giroud in the centre

66 mins: Santiago Cazorla and Lukas Podolski combine well and Winston Reid has to be alert to stop the danger

64 mins: Theo Walcott hits a long-range free-kick that is comfortably dealt with by Jussi Jääskeläinen

60 mins: Carlton Cole and Jack Collison replaced by Mohamed Diamé and Daniel Potts

57 mins: Thomas Vermaelen replaced by Laurent Koscielny

56 mins:GOAL. ARSENAL 5-1 West Ham, it is Olivier Giroud who scores as he dispatches inside the area from a Podolski set-up.

54 mins:GOAL. ARSENAL 4-1, a goal from Theo Walcott. Lukas Podolski knocks the ball to the winger as he rushes into the area and Walcott with a precise finish.

52 mins:GOAL. ARSENAL 3-1 West Ham, Santiago Cazorla with the goal. The Spaniard scores with a cheeky back-heel after flowing play between Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud

50 mins: Santiago Cazorla picks out a sprinting Theo Walcott in the right-hand channel but the winger elects to hold onto the ball rather than shoot and a great chance goes begging

47 mins:GOAL. ARSENAL 2-1 West Ham, a goal from Olivier Giroud. A Theo Walcott corner is met at the near post by Giroud and his left-footed volley beats the keeper

46 mins: Theo Walcott down the right puts a dangerous ball in that James Tomkins scrambles clear awkwardly

45 mins:Arsenal get the second half underway


47 mins:Arsenal have a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the box that Santiago Cazorla hits and a flying Jussi Jääskeläinen stops

45 mins:There will be three minutes of added time played

42 mins: Ricardo Vaz Te shown a yellow card

40 mins: Carlton Cole almost put the Hammers ahead. A ball into the box caused problems and Cole got in to nick it over Wojciech Szczesny and Aaron Ramsey cleared it off the line

38 mins:Arsenal are playing flowing football when they come forward and West Ham are having to hang on

35 mins:Arsenal very close to a second. Some lovely football ends with Lukas Podolski having a scuffed effort cleared off the line by Joey O'Brien

32 mins:Arsenal are enjoying lots of time in the final third with Santiago Cazorla and Theo Walcott causing lots of problems for the away defence

29 mins: Theo Walcott shows immense pace to get past his defender and to the by-line. His low ball across the six yard box is well cleared by James Tomkins

27 mins: Lukas Podolski tries to play in Olivier Giroud but Jussi Jääskeläinen is quick to rush out and grab the ball

26 mins: Ricardo Vaz Te gets his head on a Mark Noble delivery into the box but it goes over the bar

24 mins:The game is being played at a frenetic pace and both teams are looking dangerous going forward

21 mins:GOAL. ARSENAL 1-1 West Ham, Lukas Podolski with a great strike. He received the ball 25 yards out and unleashed a thunderbolt with his left foot into the net

18 mins:GOAL. Arsenal 0-1 WEST HAM, a goal from Jack Collison. A corner comes out to Collison just outside the area, he controls it and blasts a half-volley into the top corner

17 mins: Matthew Taylor with a volley from just outside the area that takes a huge deflection and goes just over Wojciech Szczesny's goal

15 mins: Jack Wilshere plays in Theo Walcott who drives into the area and Winston Reid does well to close down the England man

13 mins:Arsenal's attacking play is creating panic in the Hammers box at times. Another period of possession ends when Santiago Cazorla hits one high over the bar

10 mins: Guy Demel whips in a cross from the right and Ricardo Vaz Te gets his head on it, but it rolls tamely wide of the target

9 mins:Arsenal have started strong and had most of the possession in the early stages

7 mins: Jack Wilshere is down and needs treatment after a hard tackle from Jack Collison

6 mins: Theo Walcott runs down the right and gets clear of his marker, Winston Reid does well to clear his cut-back towards Olivier Giroud

4 mins: Aaron Ramsey with a late tackle on Mark Noble and he is lucky not to get a yellow card

2 mins:A bright start for Arsenal with Theo Walcott causing problems and putting a dangerous ball into the box

1 mins:West Ham kick off the game

3 mins:West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, Taylor, Nolan, Collison, Vaz Te, C.Cole.

2 mins:Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

1 mins:Welcome to live text coverage of the game between Arsenal and West Ham in the Premier League from the Emirates.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 23 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 60,081
ArsenalArsenalvWest HamWest Ham
  • Podolski, 22
  • Giroud, 47
  • Cazorla, 53
  • Walcott, 54
  • Giroud, 57
  • Collison, 18

match report

Olivier Giroud netted a brace as Arsenal scored four goals in 10 second-half minutes to inspire a 5-1 thumping of West Ham in Wednesday evening's Premier League London derby.

Two superb long-range shots in the first half at Emirates Stadium saw the Hammers take the lead through Jack Collison in the aftermath of a corner before Lukas Podolski responded in kind to level the scores before the break with a powerful drive from 25 yards.

Arsenal then burst into life early in the second half, with Giroud's double sandwiching strikes from Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott to send Arsene Wenger's men cruising to an emphatic win which cements their spot in sixth place to give their UEFA Champions League hopes a welcome boost.

The first half-chance of the evening fell to West Ham in the eighth minute when Ricardo Vaz Te got his head to Guy Demel's ball in but could not direct his shot towards goal, then Arsenal responded as Cazorla tried his luck with a long-range effort that was always rising.

The breakthrough came after 16 minutes and went the Hammers' way despite a spell of Arsenal pressure. There was a hairy moment for Wojciech Szczesny as Matthew Taylor's volleyed effort landed on the roof of his net and West Ham earned two corners in quick succession. The second was poorly dealt with by Giroud, allowing Collison to blast home a sizzling strike from the edge of the box.

It took Arsenal barely four minutes to respond as Podolski came back with a long-range effort of his own. The Germany international pounced on a deft pass from Jack Wilshere to hammer the ball into the net from 25 yards and level the scores at 1-1.

Podolski came close again after some brilliant build-up play from the hosts; Giroud slipping him through on goal and the winger skilfully avoiding James Tomkins' challenge only to see his shot cleared off the line by Joey O'Brien.

At the other end, the Hammers were denied a huge chance to go ahead when Aaron Ramsey slid in with a crucial last-ditch block to see off Carlton Cole's flick over Szczesny.

Arsenal hinted at what turned out to be a sensational second half early on after the restart when Walcott nearly forced an own goal from Tomkins, then moments later Giroud had stretched the Gunners' lead with his first of the night, greeting a corner with a precise left-footed shot to leave Jussi Jaaskelainen with no chance.

That strike triggered an Arsenal onslaught that spanned 10 exhilarating minutes. Cazorla followed up Giroud's goal as he deftly backheeled in from close range after a lovely one-two between Giroud and Podolski. The German was then involved again as he charged down the right to feed Walcott with a pinpoint cross and the winger made no mistake slotting home.

Giroud added his second after some more good work from Podolski, once again released by Wilshere in midfield, as he poked home the winger's cross to leave West Ham floundering at 5-1 down.

Allardyce made changes as he attempted damage control, introducing Alou Diarra and Dan Potts in a double swap, while Podolski and Giroud made way for Andre Santos and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after dynamic displays which earned them warm farewells from the Emirates home crowd.

There was more bad news for the Hammers soon after those changes as Potts went to ground after an unfortunate collision and required lengthy treatment on the pitch before eventually being stretchered off to applause from all around the ground.

That exit left the atmosphere understandably subdued and while Arsenal could not recapture their goalscoring sparkle of the early minutes of the opening half, they continued to look comfortable as 12 minutes of stoppage time were added as a result of Potts' injury.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was denied by a brave charge from Jaaskelainen as the minutes trickled down and Cazorla had two chances to stretch Arsenal's lead further in the dying minutes but West Ham managed to hold off any more humiliation.

team line-up

1Wojciech Szczesny
3Bacary Sagna
5Thomas Vermaelen58
28Kieran Gibbs
4Per Mertesacker
10Jack Wilshere
14Theo Walcott
19Santiago Cazorla
9Lukas Podolski70
16Aaron Ramsey
12Olivier Giroud73


15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain73
24Vito Mannone
6Laurent Koscielny58
23Andrey Arshavin
25Carl Jenkinson
11André Santos70
26Emmanuel Frimpong


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team line-up

22Jussi Jääskeläinen
17Joey O'Brien
5James Tomkins
20Guy Demel
2Winston Reid62
10Jack Collison63
12Ricardo Vaz Te70
14Matthew Taylor
16Mark Noble
4Kevin Nolan
9Carlton Cole


26Joe Cole
13Stephen Henderson
7Matthew Jarvis
21Mohamed Diamé70
32Gary O'Neil
33Daniel Potts63
23Alou Diarra62


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match stats

possession %6930
shots on target104
shots off target43
tackles won168