WEST HAM UNITED v ARSENAL
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2012
REFEREE: PHIL DOWD
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Final score - West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal
95 mins - Into the final minute. West Ham will return to action in a fortnight, when Southampton are the visitors. Taylor whips in a cross that eludes Carroll. Goal kick and then the final whistle. Applause from both sets of fans, who appreciate that every player has given his all out there. On another day, it could have been a different result. Thanks for joining us.
93 mins - We're midway through the five minutes of added time. West Ham have lost but their performance has been far from poor. At 1-1 it was anyone's game. Walcott's goal was a typical Arsenal counter. Carroll and Nolan both had great chances during the second half to score West Ham's second goal, but their efforts flew off-target and the seasoned Premier League Gunners have taken advantage.
91 mins - Arsenal break and win another corner. It is worked short and the Gunners somehow move the ball across the pitch before playing in Giroud. He gets his shot in, but Jaaskelainen is out quickly to make a fine block with his legs. Good save.
89 mins - Jarvis finds McCartney and he wins a corner over in front of the East Stand. Noble will take this one. He lofts the ball over and Carroll retrieves it and finds Taylor. He measures up a fierce shot that Mannone does well to dive and turn aside.
88 mins - Arsenal have taken control, both in terms of the scoreline and the possession of the ball. It's a damage limitation exercise, in some ways, now. West Ham have played well. Nolan's chance could have been buried and then it is 2-2 with 15 minutes to go. Football is about a lot of things, as they say, including fine margins.
86 mins - Taylor slides in on Arteta after losing control of the ball. He is booked.
85 mins - Laurent Koscielny replaces Podolski. Wenger has decided to park the bus.
83 mins - GOAL! How many times have Arsenal done this? They make the game all but safe as Cazorla takes advantage of a ricochet to fire an unstoppable shot into the top right-hand corner. That was a fantastic strike.
82 mins - Cole on for Diame.
81 mins - Close, as Mertesacker turns and shoots. The ball deflects off Collins' boot and rolls just wide of the far post.
80 mins - Walcott forces another corner as his clipped effort hits a West Ham head and loops behind.
79 mins - Nolan should score. Jarvis turns in midfield and fires a pass into Diame that rather comes off him and rolls into the path of Nolan. He is 14 yards out and unmarked with the ball rolling along the turf, but he shoots too high. Head in hands for the skipper.
77 mins - GOAL! Arsenal take the lead from the counter-attack. Walcott gets in behind McCartney and calmly picks his spot low to Jaaskelainen's left and inside the post. Walcott is booked as he ran to the Arsenal fans to celebrate.
76 mins - Arsenal have another corner as volley deflects off the back of Tomkins and spins out and wide. Jarvis then leads the counter-attack before Diame's cross is cut out and Arsenal break.
75 mins - Replays suggest Taylor may have brought down Ramsey, but that it may have been just outside the penalty area. Anyway, nothing was given as we play on and Taylor concedes another corner.
73 mins - West Ham are playing with ten men as first Taylor and Ramsey collide and go to ground inside the box. No penalty. Then Podolski drives forward and forces a low save from Jaaskelainen, who pushes the ball around the post for a corner. The first delivery is headed away for another corner and eventually the Hammers deal with the second corner.
72 mins - Demel is going to have to be replaced. He is sitting on the turf and the physio signals that he will need to be replaced. James Tomkins will replace him at right-back. It might be his groin or thigh.
70 mins - Head in hand for Nolan, who springs the offside trap. He maybe has too much time to assess his options but he takes too long to decide whether to shoot or pick out Jarvis or Diame and is challenged.
69 mins - The crowd inside the Boleyn Ground is 34,974. It's an enthralling game. Collins makes another important interception inside the box.
68 mins - The same can be said of Cazorla, who opens up a shooting chance for himself but slides his effort well wide of the right-hand post and into the Arsenal fans behind the goal.
67 mins - So close for West Ham this time. Carroll leaps and gets to the Jarvis cross above Mannone, but it flies a couple of yards wide. Maybe he should have hit the target there.
65 mins - Diame is crowded out and Podolski leads the charge again. Noble is drawn out of position to cover Demel's absence. Podolski cuts the ball back and finds Giroud. His shot hits Walcott's heels and then the England winger backheels towards the byline. Giroud gets their first but the angle is against him and the ball hits the side-netting.
64 mins - Diame is fouled as he collects and spins inside the Arsenal half. Taylor will take this with his first touch. Giroud wins it and heads clear. Taylor is playing on the right of the front three.
63 mins - Vaz Te is walking gingerly around the corner flag and back to the home dressing room. It's his right shoulder that is now in a sling. Matt Taylor replaces him.
61 mins - Walcott is on for Gervinho. Vaz Te is going to have to be replaced, I think. The stretcher is being carried around the touchline. In fact, he is now sat up and it appears to be his shoulder.
60 mins - Vaz needs the physio on as he tries to latch on to Noble's neat pass. His shin collides with the head of Mannone and he is down. Mannone clutches his head but he'll be OK.
59 mins - Brilliant from Guy Demel, who romps forward past two Arsenal players, bulldozes through a challenge and wins a throw. It is flicked on by Carroll and drops to Jarvis, whose shot on the turn flies over the top. The game is ebbing and flowing.
58 mins - Collins is forced to head behind for a corner. Cazorla takes. The ball loops up in the air off a head and Collins belts it clear for a throw on halfway.
56 mins - Noble is penalised for a foul. Before the free-kick can be taken, Andre Santos is on for Gibbs.
55 mins - Thrills and spills as Vaz Te cuts inside the pokes the ball to Diame. He side-steps a challenge or two and then prods the ball to Nolan, who is JUST offside. It matters not as he is crowded out and then Carroll's shot is blocked. Moments later Carroll wins another header but Mannone collects ahead of Jarvis.
53 mins - Carroll wins the header but it is blocked and cleared. McCartney's mis-cue allows Arsenal to counter through Podolski. He plays the ball left to Gibbs, who fires into the stand.
52 mins - Better. Reid wins a towering header and Nolan finds Noble, who instantly releases Diame. He finds Vaz Te, whose cross seeks out Carroll and forces a corner on the far side.
51 mins - Half a chance as Diame turns and collects Jarvis's pass. He has space to run into but for some reason is a bit hesitant. He eventually finds Nolan, whose cross eludes everyone and is collected by Jarvis. McCartney then passes out of play.
49 mins - Giroud collects on the edge of the box and has room to turn. He does, but his shot is wayward. Goal kick.
48 mins - Reid is caught in two minds. Jenkinson has a sprinter's pace and he gets in behind Jarvis. His low cross eludes McCartney but Collins is there to hack into the East Stand.
47 mins - Jarvis wins a throw down the West Ham left. McCartney takes it and Gervinho can only head behind for a corner. Noble takes and Mannone claws it away, but Mr Dowd has seen an infringement. Free-kick to Arsenal.
6.33pm - The Hammers are out and they kick the second half off.
6.31pm - Arsenal are out first after the break. All the substitutes have been out warming-up at half-time but I'd be very surprised if either manager made a change.
Half-time score - West Ham United 1-1 Arsenal
48 mins - That's half-time. Level pegging.
47 mins - Oooh! Carroll wins the free-kick into the box and knocks it down. Nolan has to stretch but he gets his foot to it. However his shot just bounces wide. So close. That was a difficult chance, though.
46 mins - Gervinho is booked for a sliding challenge on Noble. Bit harsh, that. It was just a mis-timed tackle.
45 mins - We're going to have two added minutes.
41 mins - GOAL! That's what Arsenal can do. Diame gives the ball away, it is worked left quickly to Podolski. Nobody tracks the run of Giroud and he slides in to convert a superb volley at the near post. Jaaskelainen had no chance.
40 mins - A handball hands West Ham a free-kick on halfway. Collins takes his time to size it up. He lofts it into the box, but the Gunners deal with it.
37 mins - West Ham love a booking and here comes another one. Ramsey tries to beat Reid and is blocked off. He might have got the ball, but the Kiwi is shown the yellow card. Carroll heads the free-kick out for a throw from inside his own penalty area.
36 mins - Mertesacker is still up from the corner and he wins the left-wing cross. His flick then hits compatriot Podolski on the head and glances wide for a goal kick.
35 mins - Arsenal probing again but Noble does well to stop Cazorla getting the shot away. In the end the Spaniard seeks out Gibbs and Demel does well to concede a corner. Collins heads it clear.
33 mins - Demel again, getting forward before seeking out Carroll with the cross. The ball is cleared to Jarvis, who crosses right-footed. Carroll challenges with two defenders and the goalkeeper but Arsenal escape.
31 mins - Demel is loving it at the moment. He gets forward to the byline again and wins a corner. Noble lofts it in and Carroll wins it from eight yards out. The crowd start to roar but it's just too close to Mannone, who makes the catch.
30 mins - Collins launches a long free-kick into the box. The ball drops to Reid, but he is crowded out. Jarvis then wins a towering header to knock the ball back into the box but Arsenal hold firm and are awarded a free-kick.
27 mins - Diame receives a final warning from Mr Dowd for a late challenge on Arteta. A few Arsenal players want him to receive a second yellow and be sent-off, but the referee waves his arms and simply talks to the midfielder.
24 mins - Arsenal try to respond immediately but both Reid and Collins stand firm and head clear.
22 mins - Diame is booked for jumping into the crowd in celebration.
21 mins - GOAL! MOHAMED DIAME! The Senegal man puts West Ham in front with an absolute belter. Demel does well on the right to lose his man and pass inside for Nolan, who sweeps possession on first-time for McCartney. He feeds the ball into the feet of Diame, who takes a touch, turns, nutmegs Ramsey and curls an inch-perfect strike into the far top corner.
19 mins - West Ham are surviving, just. Giroud picks up the bouncing ball inside the box and shoots left-footed, but Carroll is there to head over his own crossbar again. From the next corner, Carroll heads powerfully clear again. Diame turns and tries to send Jarvis away, but the ball is a little short and Arsenal win a throw off the winger's knees.
18 mins - West Ham are under the cosh. Jenkinson gets a low cross into the near post and Reid scrambles it behind for a corner. Cazorla takes and Carroll and Collins combine to head behind again.
16 mins - Carroll again, this time chesting the ball down and winning the free-kick 35 yards out in a central position. Noble will curl this one over the two-man wall and into the danger area. He lofts it in and Arsenal clear and they break in numbers. Reid does superbly to stretch and head clear from inside his own penalty area.
14 mins - Carroll wins a header and then collects again from Jarvis. He drops a shoulder and beats one man but cannot beat a second, who wins the ball with a sliding challenge.
12 mins - It is difficult not to be impressed by Arsenal's passing and movement. Cazorla, especially, has been heavily involved. West Ham deal with the latest cross and Carroll charges down a clearance from Vaz Te's long ball forward down the left. Vaz gets forward and collects from McCartney before winning a throw himself, but it comes to nothing as Mannone catches.
9 mins - Vaz Te and Jarvis have swapped flanks already. Jarvis now over on the right and Vaz on the left.
7 mins - Jarvis flicks on Carroll's clearance to Vaz Te and then tries to latch on to the return ball, but Jenkinson is there. He is quick, is the Arsenal right-back, and he comfortably brings the ball away. That was half a chance for a counter-attack.
6 mins - Not for long. Carroll wins the initial free-kick but Arsenal quickly regain possession and break. The ball is pulled back for Ramsey on the edge of the D, but his shot is well blocked by Reid. The corner is cleared by Carroll's head...
5 mins - West Ham have hardly touched the ball until Nolan makes an interception and finds Carroll. He holds up play well inside his own half before being fouled. A pressure-releasing free-kick...
3 mins - The visitors come again and a short passing move sets Gibbs free down the left. He crosses low and Collins is there. He takes a touch and then clears. He did well to sort his feet out there and deal with that delivery.
2 mins - Arsenal have started fast. An attack down the left seems to have been repelled, but Reid's clearance hits an Arsenal player and drops to Giroud. He shoots low towards the near post and Jaaskelainen helps the ball around for a corner. Cazorla's low delivery is hacked clear by Carroll at the near post for a throw.
5.30pm - Arsenal kick-off shooting towards the Bobby Moore Stand. The first couple of attacks are aerial before the ball drops to Podolski 30 yards out. He comes forward but drags his shot low and well wide. Goal kick.
5.28pm - Referee Phil Dowd calls the teams together for a minute's applause for West Ham legend John Bond - one of the architects of the Academy of Football. He played 444 games for the club, scored 37 goals and won the FA Cup in 1964. A true West Ham great. RIP.
5.27pm - You can download a Digital version of the Official Programme for today's game here.
5.25pm - Here come the two teams. Well, the last time West Ham kicked-off against Arsenal and they were above the Gunners in the table, the game finished in a draw. We would take that again this afternoon, I think? Enjoy the game! England assistant manager Ray Lewington is here this afternoon. Is he looking at Mark Noble and Matt Jarvis?
5.15pm - It's always nice to see the old favourites back at the Boleyn and today is no different. 1950s Hammers Harry Obeney and Malcolm Pyke were both in the Legends Bar in the lead-up to the game, swapping stories and meeting fans. Obeney was a striker who scored 16 goals in 30 appearances, while Pyke was part of the squad that won the Division Two title in 1958. Both were contemporaries of the late John Bond, who will be honoured with a minute's applause before kick-off today.
5.05pm - Results elsewhere this afternoon have left West Ham and Arsenal exactly where they started the day - in seventh and eighth respectively. A win for West Ham would take them up to fifth, at least, although a heavy home win could put them as high as third. If Arsenal prevail, they will leapfrog the Hammers into fifth.
5pm - The two squads are out on the pitch warming-up. It's like a love-in on the halfway line! Yossi Benayoun shakes hands and embraces half-a-dozen of his former Arsenal team-mates, while Modibo Maiga has a quick chat with former Le Mans colleague Gervinho. Just before he took to the pitch, Kevin Nolan was presented with the SBOBET Player of the Month award for September. The skipper has been in inspirational form in the Barclays Premier League in recent weeks, scoring the opening goal in the 3-0 home win over Fulham and grabbing a late equaliser against Sunderland last month.
4.35pm - Team news is in! Andy Carroll starts for West Ham United. The Hammers make two changes from the starting XI at QPR on Monday, with McCartney and Carroll replacing O'Brien and Cole. Arsenal hand recalls to Ramsey and Giroud in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Coquelin, while Mertesacker replaces Koscielny at the heart of the back four. The captains are Nolan and Vermaelen.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for today's eagerly-anticipated Barclays Premier League London derby between West Ham United and Arsenal.
The Hammers have a 100 per cent record in cross-capital clashes so far this term, having beaten Fulham 3-0 at home last month and won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers on Monday evening. West Ham are also unbeaten on home soil in the Premier League.
West Ham know a win will give them their best-ever Premier League start - 14 points from seven matches. Should they be victorious, the hosts would also make their best top-flight start in 29 years, having collected 18 points from seven matches at the start of the 1983/84 season.
West Ham start the weekend in seventh place, having collected eleven points from six matches played. Arsenal are eighth on nine points. West Ham go into Saturday's game above Arsenal in the table. The last time that scenario occurred was on 24 September 2005, when the newly-promoted Hammers played host to Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League. West Ham were fourth at kick-off and Arsenal ninth. The fixture ended goalless.