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Arsenal   1 - 0   West Ham

Alex Song heads Arsenal's winner against West Ham
Song met Clichy's cross to head his fourth goal of the season

By David Ornstein

Alex Song headed an 88th-minute winner as Arsenal snatched a dramatic victory to keep West Ham bottom of the table.

The visitors looked on course for a hard-earned point thanks to a string of outstanding saves from Robert Green.

He reacted brilliantly to repel a Cesc Fabregas shot in the first half and later thwarted Theo Walcott and Fabregas for the second time.

Samir Nasri hit the bar and Walcott the post before Song nodded in Gael Clichy's cross to seal the points.

The result keeps Arsenal second in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Chelsea, while West Ham stay 20th, cut three points adrift of any other team after Wolves shocked Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger's side looked to have hit a brick wall as Green and the tireless Hammers defence saw off attack after attack in the second half.

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But their pressure eventually told thanks to Song's late intervention and Wenger's men can head into Wednesday's Champions League game at Shakhtar Donetsk in high spirits.

West Ham must now regroup ahead of their trip to Birmingham next Saturday and, despite this demoralising late defeat, they deserve plenty of credit for a resilient display.

Both sides arrived off the back of morale-boosting victories in the Carling Cup, but a return to league action brought with it a reminder of the current disparity between the two clubs.

While financially-sound Arsenal appear well set to launch a sustained challenge for the Premier League title, cash-strapped West Ham have struggled badly in Avram Grant's first season at the helm.

Wenger pleased with patient performance

Having collecting just six points from their first nine matches, midfielder Valon Behrami had admitted his side were taking to the field "a little bit scared" - and a lack of belief was apparent in the early stages as they struggled to make it out of their own half.

The busy Andrey Arshavin shot wide after a flowing move and it took a superb challenge from Danny Gabbidon to deny Nasri, whose corner was then headed over by Song.

West Ham did well to emerge from the opening quarter unscathed and they soon settled into a tidy rhythm, looking dangerous from both set-pieces and on the counter-attack.

Free-kicks by Mark Noble and Victor Obinna caused trouble, Frederic Piquionne squandered a promising opening after surging in from the right and Arsenal had to be alert following Obinna's run and cross from the left.

The Gunners carved out the best chance of the first half when Song and Bacary Sagna combined to tee up Fabregas, but Green showed quick reaction to save the Spaniard's curling effort with an athletic dive to his right.

Grant proud of players despite defeat

Arsenal were not at their fluent best but still carved out chances and Green did well to thwart Song and Sebastien Squillaci before the break.

There was a greater sense of urgency about the hosts after half-time and Nasri rattled the woodwork with a 35-yard free-kick to set the tone.

West Ham were working hard to keep their opponents at bay but Nasri, Fabregas and Arshavin began to station themselves higher up the pitch in support of lone-striker Marouane Chamakh and Walcott came on for Denilson as Arsenal went all out for the win.

Chamakh glanced an Arshavin free-kick straight at Green before Walcott latched on to Fabregas's sublime through-ball and watched his low strike come come back off a post.

West Ham once again had Green to thank for a one-handed save from Fabregas and, with time ticking, Wenger introduced Nicklas Bendtner in place of Arshavin.

Arsenal continued to press and it eventually paid off as Song rushed on to Clichy's floated ball in from the left and won the match with a close-range header.

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • A Song 88

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 60,086
    ARSENAL
    WEST HAM

    Possession

    • Arsenal 57%
    • West Ham 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 13
    • West Ham 3

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 7
    • West Ham 3

    Corners

    • Arsenal 7
    • West Ham 4

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 15
    • West Ham 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:17 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+4:36 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel da Costa. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:09 Francesc Fabregas challenges Luis Boa Morte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
    • 90:00+2:09 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Pablo Barrera coming on for Valon Behrami.
    • 89:34 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue replaces Marouane Chamakh.
    • 87:24 The assist for the goal came from Gael Clichy.
    • 87:24 GOAL - Alex SongArsenal 1 - 0 West Ham Alex Song scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham.
    • 86:01 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Julien Faubert coming on for Victor Obinna.
    • 85:29 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • Correction - 84:51 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 84:51 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 82:46 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 81:38 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel da Costa. Lars Jacobsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:38 Booking Caution for Marouane Chamakh.
    • 79:58 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Squillaci. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:54 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner comes on in place of Andrey Arshavin.
    • 78:12 Carlton Cole is ruled offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
    • 77:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Carlton Cole. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Noble from right channel, Sebastien Squillaci makes a clearance.
    • 75:41 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Noble, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 74:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:38 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 72:13 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 72:13 Substitution Carlton Cole comes on in place of Frederic Piquionne.
    • 71:05 Foul by Valon Behrami on Laurent Koscielny, free kick awarded. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:39 Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area and hits the post.
    • 69:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Scott Parker. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
    • 68:59 Victor Obinna challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Theo Walcott.
    • 66:39 Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Manuel da Costa results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
    • 66:39 Substitution Theo Walcott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neves Denilson.
    • 66:06 Frederic Piquionne is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
    • 65:14 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 64:33 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 63:33 Scott Parker has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 63:03 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Valon Behrami. Manuel da Costa takes the free kick.
    • 61:37 Corner from the right by-line taken by Samir Nasri, clearance by Manuel da Costa.
    • 60:23 Frederic Piquionne produces a cross, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 56:36 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
    • 55:37 Valon Behrami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, save made by Robert Green.
    • 54:35 Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
    • 51:59 Luis Boa Morte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Samir Nasri produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick,
    • 51:59 Booking Luis Boa Morte booked.
    • 49:49 Effort from inside the area by Andrey Arshavin misses to the right of the target.
    • 48:31 Scott Parker challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
    • 45:56 Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lars Jacobsen.
    • 45:13 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Free kick crossed by Samir Nasri, clearance by Lars Jacobsen.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:15 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+2:58 Luis Boa Morte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Victor Obinna. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
    • 44:24 Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, save made by Robert Green.
    • 43:46 Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Sebastien Squillaci takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
    • 43:11 Alex Song takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 42:43 Luis Boa Morte concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 42:09 Alex Song challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 41:37 Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
    • 40:42 Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Manuel da Costa, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:07 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
    • 39:41 Foul by Luis Boa Morte on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 37:55 Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Lars Jacobsen. Free kick crossed left-footed by Victor Obinna.
    • 35:13 Mark Noble has an effort at goal. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 33:18 Herita Ilunga challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, Alex Song has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 30:32 Foul by Samir Nasri on Herita Ilunga, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 28:21 The referee blows for offside. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble played to the near post, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 26:14 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble.
    • 24:33 Valon Behrami fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Lars Jacobsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:33 Booking Booking for Alex Song.
    • 23:14 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Robert Green makes a fantastic save.
    • 22:06 Booking Herita Ilunga is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 19:23 Luis Boa Morte has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 17:51 Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Frederic Piquionne, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
    • 16:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
    • 16:31 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
    • 13:57 Laurent Koscielny challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Victor Obinna delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 12:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Herita Ilunga. Samir Nasri delivers the ball, Alex Song produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 12:23 A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin.
    • 11:43 Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Luis Boa Morte results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
    • 10:57 The official flags Andrey Arshavin offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
    • 10:16 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 9:05 Effort from long distance by Lars Jacobsen goes wide right of the target.
    • 8:03 Alex Song challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Noble produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 6:26 Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 4:44 Foul by Manuel da Costa on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
    • 4:15 Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte. Herita Ilunga restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:29 Marouane Chamakh fouled by Manuel da Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
    • 3:11 Foul by Herita Ilunga on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:39 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 30 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 10 24 25
    2 Arsenal 10 12 20
    3 Man Utd 10 10 20
    4 Man City 10 3 17
    5 Tottenham 10 1 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Everton 10 2 13
    8 Fulham 10 1 12
    9 Sunderland 9 1 12
    10 Bolton 9 0 12
    11 Newcastle 9 1 11
    12 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    13 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    14 Stoke 10 -4 10
    15 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    16 Wigan 10 -11 10
    17 Blackburn 10 -3 9
    18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
    19 Wolves 10 -6 9
    20 West Ham 10 -11 6

    see also
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    30 Oct 10 |  Arsenal
    Saturday football as it happened
    30 Oct 10 |  Football
    Saturday's football photos
    30 Oct 10 |  Football



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