Report: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham
Arsenal emerged victorious in a nervy, rain-soaked affair with West Ham on Saturday.
Denilson had given the Gunners a dream start with a goal after just five minutes but there was a twist in the tale as Vermaelen was sent off after conceding a penalty which Almunia once again courageously saved.
The visitors threatened to make their numerical advantage pay as anxiety was all around the Emirates late on.
But with eight minutes to go, Fabregas earned a penalty which he dispatched to send Arsenal top of the league table ahead of United and Chelsea’s games tomorrow.
Arsenal made a cruising start and swept into the lead when Denilson won the ball from Valon Behrami on the edge of the West Ham box, played a neat one-two with Nicklas Bendtner before firing a low shot into the bottom right corner.
Goal helper Bendnter then tried his luck from 20 yards, but was just off target. West Ham were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards out when Sol Campbell bundled over Franco.
Diamanti’s effort was well struck, but flew over. The Hammers, who are hovering just above the relegation zone, produced a decent response to their early setback.
Junior Stanislas got away down the right, and his cross was almost met by Mido at the far post. Fabregas and Bendtner combined to release Eboue into the right side of the box, and his angled drive was just too far ahead of Andrey Arshavin, sliding in at the far post.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men a minute before the break when Vermaelen was, on the advice of the assistant, adjudged to have pulled down Franco as they chased a long ball into the box – and deemed the last man by Atkinson who, from 20 yards away, went to his back pocket for the red card.
Almunia made a brilliant save down to his left to keep out Diamanti’s spot-kick. Song dropped back into the centre of defence, as Arsenal regrouped for the second half with Bendtner deployed as a lone striker, which limited Arsenal’s attacking options.
West Ham, though, failed to make the most of their extra possession. Arsenal suddenly found another gear, lifted by the Emirates Stadium faithful as Samir Nasri flashed a low ball across the face of goal from the right.
West Ham were still a danger, though, as Diamanti’s drive was deflected behind for a corner.Campbell forced a good save from Robert Green when he met Fabregas’ free-kick, before Nasri was replaced by Bacary Sagna as Eboue went onto the right wing, while West Ham sent striker Benni McCarthy on for Mido.
Arshavin’s drive was well held by Green on what was now a skiddy surface, before Cole cut inside and drilled a low shot onto the outside of the far post.
Arsenal secured themselves a two-goal cushion and some much-needed breathing space after Upson’s handball with nine minutes left, as Fabregas made no mistake from the penalty spot as the Gunners recorded a sixth successive league victory.
THAT IS CHARACTER!!!!!!
ATLAST ALMUNIA does sumthin noteworthy….
DENILSON always takes good shots….
I never thought that I would praise these people…
but good to seee that we got sum steeel back
SO YOUR HERE FINALLY…
Yes!! we are at the top of the Barclay Premier League Table. Well done boys!
Damn it! Vermaelen’s sending off is unjustified.
Couldn’t agree with you more,hope Arsenal lodge an appeal immediately.
I agree that it was super harsh, but I think we should just take it and not try to appeal.
Appeals are rarely accepted and usually just result in a longer suspension. So if we did appeal then Vermaelen would be available for Birmingham but would probably get an 2+ match ban, so he’d miss:
1) Wolves: the game after Barca, it will be the third in a week’s time. As it is we are going to have a selection problem at centerback–do we want Silvestre to play, will Sol be able to play both at Birmingham and against Barca only a few days later, if so he definetly won’t be able to play Birmingham, Barca, and Wolves
2) Tottenham: The North London Derby at White Hart Lane is one of the biggest fixtures we have left. It is essential that Vermaelen be available for this match.
Sure Vermaelen has been huge for us this season, but I think we should just take what we are given instead of appealing the red card no matter how ridiculous it was. The possibility of having the FA extend his ban is just to big of a chance to take
Well done boys! here we are @ the summit
A nervy and hard earned victory,but well deserved,considering that they played half the game a man down.The much maligned Denilson is once again justifying the confidence placed in him by Arsene Wenger,and Almunia came up big when it mattered most.This is the kind of stuff which defines champions.Hope i am not getting ahead of myself,but i sense something special happening here.Top of the class,if only temporarily.Way to go,keep the faith.
I hope that Vermaelen is granted pardon coz we need to rest Campbell if he has to play against Barca…..
Also Vermaelean has to play against Totennham
so come on FA…be fair to Arsenal for once atleast
yess top of the league and two gd goals sad bout vermaelens sending off but we’ve got song who can play in defense instead of silvestre. btw does nyone know how long is this ban? arsenalforlife
2 yellows = 1 match automatic ban
straight red – 3 match automatic ban
However FA disciplinary hearings can alter the length of time depending on the seriousness of the incident.
Bans in England count for league and national cups (FA Cup, League Cup etc etc)
and then seperate bans for European competitions.
The three match ban is only for serious foul play I think. Vermaelen only misses the game against Birmingham.
Diaby coming on in the 2nd half is awesome.
Class act tonight.
I just love EmmanuelEboue and his contributions each time he is given the chance.Well, i have always preferred Eboue to Sagna.It is good we are on top again hope our enemies slip tomorrow.
The above report really doesn’t do arsenal justice I thought we were awesome today bar a few nervy moments… Diaby came on and ran the show, song was brilliant I think the whole team deserve a lot of praise. Vermaelen’s sending off was very harsh I hope the ref rethinks that considering upson wasn’t even booked for his blatant handball…
Come on u gunners!
Top of d table 4 some hours ….& i think the ref was absolutely bad 2 send verminator away but thank God 2-0 & 3 points
Eboue…….love you, man.
Denilson and almunia..hats off.that was an awesome perfomance.special mention also 2song 4slotting in the defence so effortlesly.about the ref,he was pathetic.how can he redcard tv 4something he didnt spot himself since it was a call by the linesman!how berhami ends the game without a yellow is beyond me and so many cynical fouling!hope we lodge a succesful appeal though coz we desperately need verma againts th spuds!viva arsenal.keep the faith!
Here’s an obsevation for the faithful to chew on.Has anyone noticed the similarities between the following past and current Arsenal players ? Overmars/Walcott;Lundberg/Rosicky;Pires/Nasri;Viera/Diaby or Song;Bergham/Arshavin;Lauren/Sagna;Cole/Clichy;Petit/RamsayAdams/Vermaelen.And what does this say about the type of players that attract Wenger’s attention.Posters may add other comparisons if they wish.
Good point, ardengunner.
“We are top of The League!”
I am proud 2 be a gunner.A job well done 4rm all d lad again.i sense some tin special is coming 2 emirate dis season.i think vermalin red card was 2 harsh wenger should apeal atleast 4 once.
Today was most fantastic. numerically fewer but never shot of opportunities from the point Diaby came on.pressure now on chelsea and man u
Surely arsenal has shown their class again today. L hope’we appeal against the red card cos it aint worth it.
FIRST RED-CARD of the season 4 arsenal,Franco’s a diving SOB!
FA should ban Franco intead.
We are on top spot for now, BUT we can remain there if things don’t go well for Chelsea/ManU tomorrow. A huge shout out to our players on the pitch today! Diaby, has really, I mean really stepped it up this year. Many called for his head but I remained optimistic about him. Many times when he touched the ball it was like he was putting on a show out there. Fantastic dribbling and ball movement..WOW! My hats off to you, Diaby. Way to silence your critics!
THIS HERE COULD BE OUR TURNING POINT TO GLORY!
Oh and I can’t forget our Captain, Cesc Fabregas! He played well considering he has been out for a couple of weeks. Keep it up and I hope you remain a Gunner for many more years to come!
I am a bit puzzled by this one. Who should he choose? In all my permutations therehave been strengths and weakness. Mr Wegner always seems to come up with the right balance. Just three comments It would be good to give Walcot a run in the team and possibly give Vela a chance at some ,then from a phyco point of view put Edwaurdo in off the deep end to really see what he can do. The defense together seems OK who ever is there. GO GUNNERS FOR EVER Saturday 2 0 we win!!Lawrence J Beadle