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West Ham   2 - 2   Arsenal

Alessandro Diamanti celebrates his equaliser
Diamanti, 26, was signed by West Ham from Serie A side Livorno last summer

By David Ornstein

Late goals from Carlton Cole and substitute Alessandro Diamanti saw West Ham come from 2-0 down to claim a deserved draw with Arsenal.

Robin Van Persie tapped Arsenal ahead after an error by Rob Green and William Gallas headed in Van Persie's corner.

But West Ham rallied in the second half and Cole nodded in after Vito Mannone could only parry Diamanti's free-kick.

Alex Song then felled Cole and Diamanti scored from the spot but Scott Parker was sent off late on for two bookings.

The result sees Arsenal move above Tottenham into third on goal difference but manager Arsene Wenger will rue his side's failure to see out the match and move to within three points of leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.

We fought until the end - Zola

West Ham remain second from bottom and are still yet to win since the season's opening day, but should take confidence from an outstanding fightback.

Boss Gianfranco Zola introduced Diamanti and Zavon Hines in the second half and those decisions turned the game on its head.

But the euphoria surrounding the Hammers comeback should not disguise their defensive frailties.

There were early signs that all was not well in the hosts' back four when, inside a minute, Van Persie raced on to Alex Song's chip and mistimed a header from a completely unmarked position eight yards out.

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Moments later, the Dutchman ran unchallenged on the left before seeing a rasping drive from an acute angle tipped over the bar by Green.

West Ham were an altogether different proposition going forward, the quality of their passing and movement making it difficult to believe they had previously collected just one point at home all season.

With Parker driving them forward from the base of a midfield four, Mark Noble, Jack Collison and Valon Behrami were able to push forward and support strikers Guillermo Franco and Carlton Cole, who failed to seize on an early sight of goal.

Collison then drew a fine save from Mannone and his rebound looked set to squirm over the line - only for referee Chris Foy to halt play for an offside flag against debutant Franco.

Wenger rues missed opportunties

West Ham looked comfortable and were enjoying plenty of possession but their good work was undermined by a woeful piece of defending which enabled Arsenal to open the scoring.

Green came for a Bacary Sagna cross but ended up colliding with team-mate James Tomkins, allowing Van Persie an easy finish for his fourth goal in as many league games.

West Ham, who were without a goal in their last four meetings with Arsenal, responded positively and worked hard to restore parity.

Noble's cross-come-shot was deflected narrowly wide and Cole should have scored from Jonathan Spector's right-wing cross but glanced his close-range header off target.

Arsenal celebrate
Van Persie (centre) scored one and set up another as Arsenal went 2-0 up

For the second time, however, the hosts' defensive frailties were exposed all too easily as Gallas outjumped both Tomkins and Herita Ilunga to head home Van Persie's corner via a despairing Parker on the line.

West Ham looked to be hurtling towards defeat but with Diamanti replacing Noble on 55 minutes, Zola replaced a midfielder with a striker and indicated his intention to go for the jugular.

Hines soon came on for the ineffective Franco and West Ham looked a team reborn.

The 20-year-old striker was sent through on goal by Diamanti's scoop over the top but was foiled by Gael Clichy and, after Andrey Arshavin had a drive well saved by Green, the hosts struck.

Hines was felled by Clichy and Mannone palmed Diamanti's superb curling set-piece straight onto the forehead of Cole.

Arsenal were on the ropes and, with West Ham swarming forward, an equaliser seemed inevitable.

Parker had a strong penalty appeal rejected when he appeared to be tripped by Gallas but Foy had no hesitation as Song needlessly bundled Cole down from behind.

Diamanti beat Mannone with an assured spot-kick and West Ham went in search of a winner.

The only blemish for Zola was the dismissal of Parker, for fouls on Eboue and a handball, but West Ham's evening ended on a high when Green saved brilliantly with his feet deny Van Persie's goalbound header from six yards out.

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 2-2 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Cole 74
  • Alessandro Diamanti (pen) 80
  • Van Persie 16
  • Gallas 37

West Ham

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 34,442
WEST HAM
ARSENAL

Possession

  • West Ham 50%
  • Arsenal 50%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 9
  • Arsenal 10

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 6
  • Arsenal 5

Corners

  • West Ham 6
  • Arsenal 8

Fouls

  • West Ham 18
  • Arsenal 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:51 Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on James Tomkins. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:23 Shot by Alessandro Diamanti from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 90:00+1:02 Substitution Radoslav Kovac on for Valon Behrami.
  • 90:00+1:02 Da Silva Eduardo has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 90:00+0:22 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 87:23 Substitution Vassiriki Diaby leaves the field to be replaced by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 87:23 Effort from outside the area by Andrey Arshavin goes wide right of the goal.
  • 86:58 Jonathan Spector takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 86:16 Effort from outside the box by Jack Collison goes wide right of the target.
  • 85:39 Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga. Alessandro Diamanti delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by William Gallas.
  • 85:07 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 84:53 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Herita Ilunga.
  • 84:09 Robin van Persie takes the free kick.
  • 84:09 Sent off The referee shows Scott Parker a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 84:04 Francesc Fabregas fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 81:27 Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 81:27 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 81:27 Alessandro Diamanti concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 80:38 Alexandre Song Billong concedes a free kick for a foul on Zavon Hines. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:48 Assist on the goal came from Carlton Cole.
  • 79:48 GOAL - Alessandro DiamantiWest Ham 2 - 2 Arsenal Alessandro Diamanti scores a placed penalty. West Ham 2-2 Arsenal.
  • 79:07 Booking Vito Mannone receives a yellow card.
  • 78:20 Alexandre Song Billong gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole.
  • 77:34 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna.
  • 77:27 Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 77:27 Booking The referee cautions Scott Parker for unsporting behaviour.
  • 76:08 Booking Emmanuel Eboue shown a yellow card.
  • Correction - 74:43 Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 74:43 Booking Jack Collison is shown a yellow card.
  • 74:43 Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:43 Booking Jack Collison receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 74:35 Jack Collison concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 74:35 Herita Ilunga concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 73:44 Assist on the goal came from Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 73:44 GOAL - Carlton ColeWest Ham 1 - 2 Arsenal Carlton Cole finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 72:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Zavon Hines. Alessandro Diamanti has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Vito Mannone.
  • 71:52 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 71:42 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 71:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Valon Behrami. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
  • 70:07 Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 70:07 Booking Zavon Hines is shown a yellow card.
  • 70:00 Zavon Hines challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 69:50 Zavon Hines takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 68:13 Emmanuel Eboue has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 67:19 Unfair challenge on Alessandro Diamanti by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:49 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, save made by Robert Green.
  • 66:19 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 63:42 Substitution Guillermo Franco goes off and Zavon Hines comes on.
  • 62:13 Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jack Collison results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 62:00 Francesc Fabregas has a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 61:09 Shot from outside the area by Alessandro Diamanti misses to the left of the target.
  • 59:24 Left-footed shot by Alessandro Diamanti went wide right of the target.
  • 58:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Collison on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:45 The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:09 A cross is delivered by Herita Ilunga.
  • 55:13 Substitution Alessandro Diamanti is brought on as a substitute for Mark Noble.
  • 54:23 Alexandre Song Billong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
  • 50:14 Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Alexandre Song Billong results in a free kick. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Valon Behrami on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 46:39 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 46:31 The ball is sent over by Mark Noble, clearance by Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 46:03 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:22 Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:03 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:53 Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Bacary Sagna results in a free kick. Mark Noble delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Alexandre Song Billong manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:33 Emmanuel Eboue takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 44:50 Valon Behrami takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
  • 43:30 Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, save made by Robert Green.
  • 42:49 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from left channel, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:59 The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 39:48 Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
  • 39:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Emmanuel Eboue. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie.
  • 38:34 Mark Noble sends in a cross, save made by Vito Mannone.
  • 37:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:11 Guillermo Franco fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • 36:24 Assist by Robin van Persie.
  • 36:24 GOAL - William GallasWest Ham 0 - 2 Arsenal William Gallas scores a headed goal from close range. West Ham 0-2 Arsenal.
  • 36:01 Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post,
  • 35:50 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Mark Noble gets a block in.
  • 35:18 Bacary Sagna sends in a cross.
  • 34:22 Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Robert Green makes a save.
  • 33:03 The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
  • 31:49 Unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Mark Noble from the free kick, blocked by Gael Clichy.
  • 28:02 Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, save by Robert Green.
  • 26:47 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the goal.
  • 25:54 Unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Guillermo Franco results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 24:56 The referee gives a free kick against Guillermo Franco for handball. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 24:26 Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:25 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
  • 22:03 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble.
  • 21:52 Scott Parker takes a shot. Alexandre Song Billong gets a block in.
  • 21:24 Mark Noble takes a shot. Save made by Vito Mannone. Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Noble, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:31 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:13 Valon Behrami fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Mark Noble, James Tomkins takes a shot.
  • 17:34 Herita Ilunga challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
  • 17:08 Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 15:56 Assist on the goal came from Bacary Sagna.
  • 15:56 GOAL - Robin van PersieWest Ham 0 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Robin van Persie from close range low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 14:54 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
  • 13:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 11:37 Robin van Persie takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
  • 9:45 The referee blows for offside against Guillermo Franco. Vassiriki Diaby restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:20 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 7:45 The offside flag is raised against William Gallas. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 7:21 Valon Behrami challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 5:06 Corner taken by Mark Noble, Foul by James Tomkins on Vito Mannone, free kick awarded. Vito Mannone takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:05 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, Robert Green makes a save.
  • 2:54 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 2:04 Valon Behrami takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
  • 1:37 Mark Noble challenges Alexandre Song Billong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexandre Song Billong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Premier League results

25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 3-2 Everton R
Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd R
Man City 2-2 Fulham R
West Ham 2-2 Arsenal R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 10 16 24
2 Man Utd 10 10 22
3 Arsenal 9 16 19
4 Tottenham 10 7 19
5 Liverpool 10 11 18
6 Man City 9 7 18
7 Aston Villa 9 5 17
8 Sunderland 10 3 16
9 Stoke 10 -2 15
10 Wigan 10 -5 13
11 Burnley 10 -12 12
12 Bolton 9 -1 11
13 Fulham 9 -2 11
14 Everton 9 -3 11
15 Birmingham 10 -4 10
16 Blackburn 9 -11 10
17 Wolverhampton 10 -7 9
18 Hull 10 -14 8
19 West Ham 9 -4 6
20 Portsmouth 10 -10 4

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