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Sunday, October 3, 1999 Published at 19:23 GMT

Di Canio canes Arsenal

Paolo Wanchope watches West Ham teammate Paulo Di Canio's uplifting celebrations

West Ham 2-1 Arsenal

Paulo Di Canio picked open Arsenal with two pieces of brilliance in an entertaining London derby.

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The Italian scored in each half to get the Hammers back to winning ways in the league and dent Arsenal's championship push.

The Gunners lost their cool towards the end when Patrick Vieira was sent off for a second booking after fouling Di Canio. The Frenchman then pushed Niel Ruddock in the face and was seen to spit at an opponent as he made his exit.

As tempers boiled over West Ham's Marc-Vivien Foe also saw red for a two-footed tackle in injury time.

Arsenal had run the opening stages but were undone on 29 minutes when Di Canio picked up the ball on the halfway line and went on a mazy run to the edge of the area past several weak tackles.

[ image: Red-carded Viera is led away by Gilles Grimandi]
Red-carded Viera is led away by Gilles Grimandi
The ball broke for Trevor Sinclair to cross, Paulo Wanchope nudged it back and Di Canio scored.

The former Sheffield Wednesday forward made it two on 72 minutes, flicking the ball over a confused Martin Keown and smashing it past David Seaman into the corner.

Di Canio would have had a hat-trick late on but for a great reflex save.

But Arsenal, who stretched the Hammers' defence throughout, made West Ham work for the points.

Davor Suker compensated for a bad miss by volleying home after Steve Lomas failed to clear a cross.

Suker's strike partner Dennis Bergkamp was also a handful. The Dutchman hit the netting in the first half then was twice denied by Hislop. First the goalkeeper clutched a swerving free-kick then touched a shot round for a corner.

Arsenal sent on Nwankwo Kanu as they pressed for an equaliser but the Hammers' defence held firm.


West Ham: Hislop, Potts, Ruddock, Stimac, Sinclair, Lomas, Lampard, Foe, Moncur, Di Canio, Wanchope. Subs: Forrest, Kitson, Keller, Margas, Carrick.

Arsenal: Seaman, Luzhny, Keown, Adams, Silvinho, Henry, Vieira, Grimandi, Ljungberg, Suker, Bergkamp. Subs: Manninger, Winterburn, Overmars, Dixon, Kanu.

Referee: M Reed (Birmingham)

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