West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal FT

Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Arsenal
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 25 October
Referee: Chris Foy

FT - West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal

94 mins - We've got about a minute to go. Will we see any late drama? Hines does well, winning the ball in midfield before belting it deep into the Arsenal half. Seconds later, Hines battles hard again before Tomkins completes the clearance. Referee Foy brings proceedings to a close and his final whistle is met with a loud cheer from all corners of the Boleyn Ground, followed by a rousing chorus of 'Bubbles'. That point could really be a turning point for West Ham's season. Confidence will be much higher now ahead of next week's trip to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side beaten by Birmingham City on Saturday.

93 mins - West Ham are still pressing hard for a winner of their own. Cole wins the ball on the left wing and finds Collison. The midfielder passes to Diamanti, whose first touch is superb, but his second sends the ball flying high into the Bobby Moore Stand.

92 mins - Kovac replaces Behrami for the last couple of minutes.

91 mins - We're going to have four added minutes at least. They start with a bang as Green makes a brilliant save with his legs from van Persie. That was so, so close! Green was right on his goal-line when he blocked the effort.

90 mins - Superb play from Diamanti, who sends Cole clear down the left with a magnificent pass. The striker cuts inside Vermaelen, but loses his footing at the vital moment.

89 mins - Mystery still surrounds the reason for Parker's second yellow card, but there is speculation that it may have been for handball.

88 mins - Diamanti does superbly to maintain possession in midfield before finding Spector. The Arsenal defence momentarily parts in front of the American, but Vermaelen closes him down and blocks his shot. Wenger replaces Diaby with Eduardo.

86 mins - Ilunga sets off down the left and does well to win a free-kick on the touchline. West Ham send forward all the big guns as Diamanti curls the ball over. The ball drops to Collison, but he volleys well wide.

85 mins - Parker is sent-off for a second bookable offence. I'm not entirely sure what for. He made a challenge on Fabregas but appeared to get the ball.

84 mins - West Ham are pushing on for a winner here. They need to get the balance right between attack and defence. A point from 2-0 down against Arsenal is a good result in anyone's book.

82 mins - Arsene Wenger makes his first change, replacing Eboue with Nicklas Bendtner.

81 mins - There is a real cauldron-like atmosphere here now. Can West Ham go on and win it?

80 mins - GOAL! Diamanti doesn't succumb to the gamesmanship, burying his spot-kick low to Mannone's left. The keeper dived the right way, but he got nowhere near it.

80 mins - Mannone attempts to slow things down by walking up to Diamanti. He is booked by referee Foy.

79 mins - Penalty! Cole receives Spector's throw and attempts to turn before going down under Song's challenge. Diamanti immediately grabs the ball.

77 mins - Diamanti has made a difference here. There is no doubt about that. He whips another ball into the area from wide on the right. Parker brings down Eboue as he races clear and follows Collison into the book.

76 mins - Big shouts for a penalty as Parker drove into the area and went down as he rounded Gallas. Referee Foy gives nothing. Replays are inconclusive.

75 mins - The home crowd are in full voice now. Arsenal kick-off and win a free-kick down the left which also leads to a booking for Collison.

74 mins - GOAL! Not quite, but who cares are Cole stabs in from close-range to put the Hammers right back in it. Diamanti's free-kick curled over the wall, fellow countryman Mannone was only able to parry the ball into the six-yard box, and Cole was in the right place to slot home.

73 mins - Determined play from Hines wins a free-kick just outside the Arsenal penalty area. Diamanti scored from almost exactly this position on his debut for the reserves. Can he repeat the trick?

72 mins - Good save by Green. Fabregas dropped his shoulder and scooted past Ilunga before feeding Arshavin. The Russian took a touch before hammering in a shot that Green did well to claw behind for a corner. Van Persie crosses and Tomkins heads powerfully clear.

71 mins - Hines is booked for sliding in late on Clichy as the Frenchman cleared the ball. Seconds earlier, the striker had seen his shot blocked after being sent in by a neat scooped pass from fellow substitute Diamanti.

69 mins - Interesting play from Eboue, who skips past Ilunga before smashing the ball miles wide of the near post.

67 mins - Better from West Ham. Behrami finds Collison inside the centre circle. The Welshman breaks forward before clipping the ball into Hines, who controls on his chest. Cole picks up possession, but can only lash wide on the half-turn.

64 mins - Arsenal's movement and passing are very impressive at times. Zola makes his second change, sending on the newly-capped England Under-21 striker Zavon Hines for Franco. Hines netted twice on his U21 bow. If he can do so again this afternoon, he'll be an absolute hero.

62 mins - A loose defensive header from Gallas falls to Cole. He appears to mis-control, but the ball drops into the path of Diamanti. Again the Italian lets fly, but again the ball bounces wide of the post. Fabregas responds with a rasping effort of his own from long-range which flashes inches wide of Green's top corner.

60 mins - Diamanti fires in a shot from about 35 yards that bounces wide of Mannone's goal. His effort is met with a cheer. West Ham haven't given up, clearly.

59 mins - A long spell of Arsenal possession is ended when Collison fouls Sagna. The home fans break out into song with a verse of 'Come on you Irons'. Fine sentiments.

57 mins - The Italian is immediately into the action, sending Ilunga off down the left flank with a clever reverse pass, only for the DR Congo defender to overhit his centre.

56 mins - Noble is the man to go off. Diamanti, sporting a new crewcut hair style, is on.

54 mins - Arshavin teases Spector before rifling the ball across the six-yard box, but there are no Gunners around to apply the finishing touch. Diamanti is stripped and ready to enter the fray. Who will be the man replaced?

53 mins - Stanislas, Hines and Diamanti are all warming up on the touchline. Will manager Zola go for broke and throw on a third or even fourth forward to support Franco and Cole?

51 mins - West Ham are definitely in the ascendancy at the moment and there is a loud cheer when Song brings down Cole 35 yards out and Foy gives a free-kick. Noble clips the ball in, but Vermaelen heads clear. Behrami's follow-up shot is blocked too and Arsenal eventually clear.

49 mins - Behrami is penalised for a foul on Fabregas, He is not too impressed with the decision, nor is he seconds later when he is blocked off by Clichy and the referee gives nothing.

47 mins - Noble's corner is too short and headed clear. The ball comes back to him, but again he fails to beat the first defender. Today's attendance is announced as 34,442.

46 mins - Cole gets the second half off and running and appears to be fouled a short time later. Foy gives nothing and Arsenal break through Eboue, who wins a corner off Ilunga. West Ham clear and the balls is fed to Franco, who beats one challenge before winning a corner himself off Clichy.

West Ham are the first of the two teams to re-take to the pitch here at the Boleyn Ground. They are welcomed by a rendition of 'Bubbles' from the home faithful. The home side are going to need some support if they are to get back into things after the break.

HT - West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal

48 mins - West Ham are handed a late chance when Cole is fouled wide on the left, but Noble's free-kick is too short and is easily headed clear. The Hammers are going to have it all to do after the break.

47 mins - Green is forced into a smart save by Eboue. The Ivory Coast man showed some neat feet after being set up by Clichy.

46 mins - We're going to have at least three minutes of added time. Can West Ham find a morale-boosting goal before the break?

45 mins - Cole controls well and finds Franco, who slips the ball to Behrami. The Switzerland midfielder shoots from the corner of the penalty area, but his effort is blocked.

44 mins - The visitors are ending the first half on the offensive. Spector heads behind for another Arsenal corner. Van Persie delivers to the near post and Green claims.

42 mins - Superb play from Vermaelen, who embarks on a buccaneering run down the left flank. He gets into a decent crossing position, but the ball flies long and high and Ilunga is able to clear.

40 mins - West Ham win another corner, but Mannone is alert and claims the ball when Noble crosses into the penalty area.

37 mins - GOAL! Arsenal double their lead through a William Gallas header. Fabregas had won a corner when his shot was deflected wide by Noble. Van Persie whipped over the set piece and Gallas rose highest to power his effort into the roof of the net via Scott Parker.

35 mins - Cole received a bit of treatment after hurting his knee challenging for that header, but he's back on the pitch now as Green claims another high ball into his penalty area.

33 mins - Not yet. Noble's free-kick hits the wall and flies out to the right wing. Spector curls over a good cross, but Cole can only head wide of the far post. Replays show he was offside when the American delivered the ball.

32 mins - Franco is a proper handful. The Mexican is giving Vermaelen some real problems, and is winning more than his fair share of headers. Another strong piece of play from the 32-year-old ends with Noble being fouled by Diaby 30 yards from goal. This is a shooting chance for the former England Under-21 captain. Can he find an equaliser?

29 mins - Arsenal win a corner as Clichy's cross is deflected behind by Spector. Arshavin curls the ball over and Green punches before Noble completes the clearance.

27 mins - Nice football from Arsenal. Clichy gallops down the left and swaps passes with Arshavin. The Russian curls in a cross, but van Persie can only glance his header wide under pressure from Upson.

24 mins - Mark Noble gifts Arsenal possession midway inside the West Ham half. Van Persie looks for a second as if he is in on goal, only for Upson to make a superb sliding challenge and divert the ball out for a corner, which Cole then hacks clear.

22 mins - Noble's corner is cleared to Parker 30 yards out, but his shot is deflected behind for another flag-kick. Noble crosses again from the left, but the ball in is too high for Upson and Tomkins and the Gunners clear.

21 mins - Good work from Cole, who spins away from his marker and runs a throw-in deep inside Arsenal territory. The striker works hard to keep possession on the edge of the penalty area before the ball squirts wide to Noble, whose low shot is scrambled behind by Mannone.

19 mins - This will be a real test of character, now. West Ham win a free-kick down the right when Behrami is fouled, but Arsenal are able to clear through Diaby.

16 mins - GOAL! Arsenal take the lead out of nothing. Sagna gets to the by-line and curls in a cross that is just out of Green's reach, and the unmarked van Persie side-foots home at the far post.

15 mins - Tomkins rises highest from Noble's corner, but cannot direct his header goalwards. Collison wins a throw-in wide on the left and plays a one-two with Franco before shooting into the net at the second attempt. Unfortunately, the Mexico striker was flagged offside and the goal is ruled out. Replays suggest Franco was not offside.

14 mins - Tomkins gets close to van Persie and forces the forward to concede a throw-in. It is important that West Ham don't give Arsenal any space this afternoon. The Hammers break down the right and Cole wins a second corner of the game.

12 mins - West Ham are certainly not going to lose this game through lack of effort. The players in claret and blue are throwing themselves into every challenge with real gusto. Arsenal claim a penalty for handball when van Persie shoots straight at Upson, but Foy ignores the protests.

9 mins - Ooooh! Mannone nearly makes a right hash of Vermaelen's back-pass. Carlton Cole got a foot to the ball as the goalkeeper tried to clear, but it flew safely out to Clichy, rather than to a West Ham player. The chance was created when Franco cleverly flicked on a firm pass from Ilunga. Signs that West Ham are really up for this.

8 mins - After nearly two minutes of running repairs, Mannone is ready to continue and boots the free-kick up the field. Van Persie is felled by Behrami, Fabregas lifts the ball into the penalty area and the assistant referee raises his flag for offside.

6 mins - The Hammers keep up the pressure, with Ilunga winning a corner off Sagna. Noble launches the ball into the danger zone, Mannone comes and collides with Cole. Referee Foy blows for a foul by the big forward, and the Italian receives some treatment.

5 mins - Good hold-up play from Franco before Collison slips Noble in behind Gallas. The midfielder stabs the ball towards Cole in the centre, but Vermaelen is in the right place to clear.

4 mins - Fabregas curls in the corner, but Green is out smartly to punch the ball out for a throw-in. It is important West Ham hold firm in the early stages.

3 mins - West Ham respond strongly, with Cole holding off two challenges before sending the Hammers forward. Collison eventually works an opening for the England striker, but his shot is blocked and goes out of play. Within a minute, van Persie gets in behind Spector down the Arsenal left, and Robert Green has to be alert to palm his rising shot over the crossbar.

1 min - Arsenal come forward early on and could easily take the lead. Alex Song clips the ball into the area and West Ham try to scramble the ball clear. Van Persie backheels goalwards, but the ball bounces off James Tomkins before going out for a goal kick off the Dutchman.

4.18pm - After receiving the go ahead from his fourth official on the touchline, referee Chris Foy gets us underway. Fabregas and van Persie kick-off, with Arsenal attacking the Bobby Moore Stand end of the stadium.

4.16pm - Franco receives a rousing round of applause on his home debut. The mascots join Herbie the Hammer in the centre circle for their pre-match photographs, and we're nearly ready for kick-off.

4.10pm - The players have left the field now and have gone back to the dressing rooms for their final briefings.before the game gets underway.

4pm - Well we are just 15 minutes from kick-off here at the Boleyn Ground and the tension is building. Both sets of players are out wearing the Kick It Out (racism) message during the warm up. Alessandro Diamanti is looking sharp with his new shaven head but the real talking point is the first apperance of Franco in a West Ham United shirt.

Gianfranco Zola made three changes to the West Ham United beaten 2-1 at Stoke City eight days ago for the Barclays Premier League visit of Arsenal. Mexico striker Guille Franco was handed his full debut, replacing Alessandro Diamanti in attack. Jonathan Spector replaced Julien Faubert at right-back, while Scott Parker returned from a one-match ban to take Radoslav Kovac's place in defensive midfield.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger named the same XI that started Tuesday's 1-1 UEFA Champions League Group H draw with AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

In a change to the official matchday programme, Chris Foy has replaced Steve Bennett as referee for this afternoon's fixture. It is the third time Foy has officiated a West Ham match this season, having previously been the man in charge in the opening-day win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

The Hammers are searching for their first victory over the Gunners in five matches, during which time today's hosts have failed to score a single goal. West Ham's last victory over Arsenal came on 7 April 2007, when a Bobby Zamora goal saw them win 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

West Ham United: Green, Spector, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble (Diamanti 56), Collison, Franco (Hines 64), Cole
Subs: Kurucz, Faubert, Da Costa, Kovac, Stanislas

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Eboue (Bendtner 82), Song, Diaby (Eduardo 88), Fabregas, Arshavin, van Persie
Subs: Almunia, Silvestre, Nasri, Gibbs, Ramsey