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West Ham   1 - 2   Arsenal

Eduardo (right) scored the winner for Arsenal
Eduardo (right) scored the late header that sealed a dramatic victory for Arsenal

By Paul Fletcher

Arsenal came from behind to score two late goals and stun brave West Ham in their FA Cup third-round tie.

Alessandro Diamanti beat the Arsenal offside trap in first-half injury time before shooting in off the post.

Robert Green denied Abou Diaby and Alex Song but Aaron Ramsey equalised with 12 minutes remaining, defeating the keeper with an angled shot on the turn.

Eduardo headed into the top corner from Carlos Vela's cross to seal a tie against Stoke in the fourth round.

The Gunners had not lost in the third round of the competition since 1996 but until manager Arsene Wenger introduced Diaby and Samir Nasri after 64 minutes it looked as though they might taste defeat at Upton Park.

West Ham are struggling in the Premier League but they were full value for their advantage after a first-half performance of skill and energy.

They came close to a second but Lukasz Fabianski made a good save to deny Junior Stanislas - and the game changed after Wenger shuffled his pack.

The victory continued Arsenal's excellent recent form, and while West Ham now face a long, bitter struggle for Premier League survival, Arsenal continue their quest for honours on several fronts.

Arsenal can close the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point in the league if they win their game in hand against Bolton on Wednesday and have a Champions League tie against Porto to look forward to in February.

Yet for the first hour the Gunners were below par - and certainly during the opening 45 minutes they had little more than long-range efforts to show for their endeavours.

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Green saved from Fran Merida, Carlos Vela and Eduardo, who had been gifted possession by James Tomkins, while Thomas Vermaelen shot over after a poor one-handed clearance from the West Ham keeper.

In contrast, the Hammers' effort and industry led to several near misses - with Fabianski, one of five changes for Arsenal, making a brilliant one-handed save to deny Diamanti and Luis Jimenez dragging a shot wide after Jack Wilshere squandered possession.

The Hammers improved as the half wore on and scored after Diamanti superbly held his run to just stay onside.

The Italian collected the influential Valon Behrami's through ball and closed in on goal before striking beyond Fabianski.

Zola obviously instilled into his players the folly of trying to sit on their lead and striker Frank Nouble, making his full debut, shot wide before Fabianski denied Stanislas shortly after the restart.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola
It was a frustrating afternoon for Hammers boss Zola

West Ham were increasingly dominant but Wenger then made his double substitution.

Arsenal started to dominate possession and it took superb reactions from Green to deny Diaby and then Song.

But the Hammers keeper could not prevent Ramsey from levelling after a swift passing move had unlocked the home team's defence.

Song slipped the ball to Vela, who in turn flicked the ball towards Ramsey, with the Wales international striking the ball into the bottom corner.

Eduardo then headed beyond Green, who might be disappointed he did save the effort, while it could have got even worse for West Ham but Daprela cleared off the line from Vela.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-2 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Alessandro Diamanti 45+1
  • Ramsey 78
  • Eduardo 83

West Ham

Substitutes

  • 29 Stech,
  • 22 Da Costa,
  • 44 Ngala,
  • 34 Lee,
  • 35 Payne,
  • 36 Edgar,
  • 19 Sears

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 25,549
WEST HAM
ARSENAL

Possession

  • West Ham 46%
  • Arsenal 54%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 4
  • Arsenal 13

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 4
  • Arsenal 6

Corners

  • West Ham 3
  • Arsenal 14

Fouls

  • West Ham 17
  • Arsenal 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:09 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:43 Radoslav Kovac concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Eduardo. Mikael Silvestre restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Da Silva Eduardo by Radoslav Kovac. Strike comes in from Thomas Vermaelen from the free kick, blocked by Radoslav Kovac.
  • 90:00+2:08 Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 90:00+1:58 Da Silva Eduardo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 90:00+1:29 Da Silva Eduardo challenges Alessandro Diamanti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 87:56 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 87:56 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 86:56 Substitution Anthony Edgar is brought on as a substitute for Junior Stanislas.
  • 86:19 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Da Silva Eduardo has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 84:25 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Shot on goal by Alexandre Song Billong from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 83:11 Fabio Daprela is ruled offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:15 Assist on the goal came from Carlos Alberto Vela.
  • 82:15 GOAL - Da Silva EduardoWest Ham 1 - 2 Arsenal Da Silva Eduardo finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. West Ham 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 81:20 Luis Jimenez challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 78:42 Substitution Frank Nouble leaves the field to be replaced by Freddie Sears.
  • 77:54 Assist on the goal came from Carlos Alberto Vela.
  • 77:54 GOAL - Aaron RamseyWest Ham 1 - 1 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 77:03 Unfair challenge on Mikael Silvestre by Junior Stanislas results in a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:27 Effort on goal by Samir Nasri from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 75:01 Luis Jimenez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 73:18 Alessandro Diamanti gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela. Samir Nasri crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 72:01 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, save made by Robert Green.
  • 71:32 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Fantastic save by Robert Green. Alexandre Song Billong takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 68:40 Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 66:51 Vassiriki Diaby challenges Radoslav Kovac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 66:34 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
  • 63:57 Substitution Samir Nasri replaces Jack Wilshere.
  • 63:57 Substitution Vassiriki Diaby on for Fran Merida.
  • 63:57 Luis Jimenez fouled by Fran Merida, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:45 Aaron Ramsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac. Free kick crossed by Alessandro Diamanti, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 57:48 The offside flag is raised against Alessandro Diamanti. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 56:50 Aaron Ramsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • Correction - 52:41 Da Silva Eduardo takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner taken short by Jack Wilshere.
  • 52:41 Da Silva Eduardo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner taken short by Jack Wilshere.
  • 48:02 Corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti played to the near post, Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.
  • 47:48 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 46:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Jimenez on Carlos Alberto Vela. Free kick taken by Fran Merida.
  • Correction - 46:03 Frank Nouble produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 46:03 Frank Nouble produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:42 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+2:25 Corner taken by Fran Merida from the left by-line, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 45:00+0:59 Radoslav Kovac provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+0:59 GOAL - Alessandro DiamantiWest Ham 1 - 0 Arsenal Goal scored by Alessandro Diamanti from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-0 Arsenal.
  • 44:41 Fran Merida crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 44:41 Booking Fabio Daprela booked.
  • 44:33 Foul by Fabio Daprela on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded.
  • 41:17 Corner taken by Fran Merida from the right by-line played to the near post, Frank Nouble makes a clearance.
  • 39:33 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 36:42 Luis Jimenez has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 35:24 Julien Faubert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 33:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikael Silvestre by Alessandro Diamanti. Direct free kick taken by Mikael Silvestre.
  • 32:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Alexandre Song Billong. Direct free kick taken by Alexandre Song Billong.
  • 30:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on William Gallas. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 29:48 Frank Nouble concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandre Song Billong. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 29:17 Thomas Vermaelen produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 29:01 Fran Merida decides to take a short corner.
  • 28:33 Fran Merida takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Radoslav Kovac makes a clearance.
  • 27:45 Carlos Alberto Vela handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
  • 26:35 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Junior Stanislas, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 26:08 Matthew Upson takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:08 Booking Booking for Alexandre Song Billong.
  • 25:55 Valon Behrami fouled by Alexandre Song Billong, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 25:32 Foul by Alessandro Diamanti on Fran Merida, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 25:01 Julien Faubert fouled by Da Silva Eduardo, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:24 Fabio Daprela fouled by Alexandre Song Billong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Junior Stanislas.
  • 22:12 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere. Free kick crossed left-footed by Da Silva Eduardo from right channel, save by Robert Green.
  • 22:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Jimenez on Aaron Ramsey. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:09 Frank Nouble challenges Alexandre Song Billong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexandre Song Billong.
  • 18:42 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 17:56 Bacary Sagna challenges Alessandro Diamanti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 17:33 Inswinging corner taken by Fran Merida from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Frank Nouble.
  • Correction - 17:33 Inswinging corner taken by Fran Merida from the right by-line played to the near post, Frank Nouble manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 17:20 Shot by Da Silva Eduardo. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 17:20 Da Silva Eduardo has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by Robert Green.
  • 16:45 Corner taken by Fran Merida from the left by-line, Radoslav Kovac makes a clearance.
  • 15:29 Carlos Alberto Vela produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 12 yards. James Tomkins gets a block in.
  • 14:53 Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Valon Behrami gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Fran Merida from the right by-line played to the near post, Frank Nouble manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:24 Outswinging corner taken by Fran Merida from the left by-line played to the near post, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:52 Fran Merida takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 8:51 Alessandro Diamanti produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 7:45 The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere, save made by Robert Green.
  • 7:10 Fran Merida takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Frank Nouble.
  • 5:38 Valon Behrami takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by William Gallas.
  • 5:14 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 4:36 The referee gives a free kick against Radoslav Kovac for handball. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 3:24 Fabio Daprela challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fran Merida crosses the ball in from the free kick, Frank Nouble manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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