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Match Report
Arsenal vs West Ham Utd
 3 - 1 
Date: 
15/04/2014
Venue: 
Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 
59,977
Referee: 
Kevin Friend
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Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League

Lukas Podolski's double helped overturn a Hammers lead as Arsenal triumphed 3-1 over the east Londoners at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Matt Jarvis' 40th minute header edged West Ham in front over a nervy Arsenal side, who had fallen behind Everton in the race for fourth spot at the weekend.

But Podolski's leveller on the stroke of half-time breathed new life into their challenge and the visitors were not able to respond in the second half.

First Olivier Giroud gave them the lead for the first time, before Podolski - with his fourth goal in as many appearances against West Ham - wrapped it up late on.

The Hammers were without their skipper Kevin Nolan, absent after picking up a hamstring injury in last week's defeat to Arsenal. He was replaced in midfield by Antonio Nocerino, while Jarvis came in for Matt Taylor.

West Ham made a confident start, as Arsenal struggled to find an early rhythm, and with seven minutes on the clock Jarvis' cross found its way to Nocerino at the far post, whose goalbound shot needed a block from Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal responded on 14 minutes when Tomas Rosicky found a pocket of space in midfield and knocked the ball through to Podolski. The German crossed dangerously and Giroud only just failed to make contact in the middle.

West Ham were looking the more dangerous though and Mo Diame swiped a left-footed effort over the top after a corner was played back into the area on 18 minutes.

Jarvis was finding space on the left flank and looked to exploit it when his pace, but Arsenal began to settle around the half-hour mark as their one-touch football around the box threatened to unlock the Hammers.

With 30 minutes on the clock, Santi Cazola slipped Giroud in, but with only Adrian to beat, the Frenchman opted to try and flick the ball over his dive and the Hammers keeper was able to save.

Ironically, it was just as the Gunners were finding their feet that Jarvis struck to give the Hammers the lead. Nocerino made a strong run down the right flank and drew a save from Wojciech Szczesny with his shot at the near post. The Italian kept the ball alive and it popped up for Jarvis to bravely stick his head in and nod into the empty net.

The advantage was to last just four minutes as the Hammers were punished for a poor clearance from Stewart Downing. Cazorla picked the ball up and passed to Podolski, who controlled with his first touch and fired into the far corner with his second.

The Hammers forced the first opening of the second period when Guy Demel carried the ball out of defence and passed to Downing, who advanced to the edge of the box and dragged a left-footed effort wide.

Before long though, Arsenal were in front as the visitors failed to deal with a lofted diagonal ball from deep, and Giroud got in between Winston Reid and Andy Carroll to bring the ball down and shoot between Adrian's legs.

Just past the hour the Gunners were inches away from a third when they won the ball off the Hammers and broke with pace. Cazorla received possession on the right flank and moved inside before unleashing a shot from 20 yards which whistled just past the post.

West Ham could not trouble the hosts after the interval in the same manner as they did before, and Podolski's second of the game 12 minutes from time made sure of the points.

Home sub Aaron Ramsey created the goal with a cleverly cushioned header which fell perfectly into Podolski's path to smash high into the net beyond Adrian.

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Kallstrom; Cazorla (Jenkinson 88), Rosicky (Ramsey 72), Podolski; Giroud
Subs: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chambelain, Sanogo, Akpom, Bellerin

Goals: Podolski 44, Giroud 55, Podolski 78

Booked: Rosicky, Kallstrom

West Ham United: Adrian; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Armero; Nocerino, Noble, Diame; Downing (J.Cole 78), Carroll (C.Cole 84) , Jarvis (Vaz Te 78)
Subs: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Taylor, Johnson

Goal: Jarvis 40

Booked: Nocerino, Diame

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 59,977

West Ham United took the lead but were beaten 3-1 by Champions League chasing Arsenal on Tuesday
 Match Stats
 
  Arsenal West Ham
Goals : 3 1
Possession : 0% 0%
Shots On Target : 8 2
Shots Off Target : 6 10
Corners : 4 2
Fouls : 14 12
Most Fouls : Kallstrom (3) Diame (5)
Yellow Cards : 2 2
Red Cards : 0 0
 
Scorers :
Podolski 44
Giroud 55
Podolski 78
 
 Team Line Ups :
 
Wojciech Szczesny   
Bacary Sagna   
Per Mertesacker   
Laurent Koscielny   
Thomas Vermaelen   
Mikel Arteta   
Kim Kallstrom   
Tomas Rosicky 72
Santi Cazorla 88
Lukas Podolski   
Olivier Giroud   
 
Substitutes :
 
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain   
Carl Jenkinson 88
Aaron Ramsey 72
Lukasz Fabianski   
Yaya Sanogo   
Chuba Akpom   
Hector Bellerin   
 
 
   Adrian
   Guy Demel
   James Tomkins
   Winston Reid
   Pablo Armero
   Mark Noble
   Antonio Nocerino
   Mohamed Diame
78 Stewart Downing
84 Andy Carroll
78 Matthew Jarvis
 
 
 
   George McCartney
78 Ricardo Vaz Te
   Matthew Taylor
   Jussi Jaaskelainen
84 Carlton Cole
78 Joe Cole
   Roger Johnson
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