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West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal have scored two goals in three successive Premier League away games
  • West Ham drop to sixth
  • Arsenal in to Premier League top five
  • Hammers lose third home match of season
  • Allardyce anger at Song disallowed goal

Arsenal moved above West Ham in to the Premier League top five after inflicting a first home defeat on the Hammers since August.

Alex Song had a 20-yard volley ruled out for offside for the hosts.

Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Winston Reid, before Danny Welbeck put Arsenal further in front.

Cheikhou Kouyate's header gave the hosts hope but West Ham were unable to avoid a second successive defeat.

It was Arsenal's ninth win in a row in all competitions against West Ham as they moved level on points with fourth-placed Southampton and just three points behind Manchester United in third.

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West Ham 1-2 Arsenal: Sam Allardyce baffled at ref's decision

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who opted to rest key players Song and Diafra Sakho for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day, disagreed strongly with the decision to disallow Song's goal, claiming Sakho was not in the eyeline of the goalkeeper when he was adjudged to be offside.

The Hammers had won six of their last seven league home games but, despite heavy late second-half pressure, lacked the quality needed for the leveller.

Former Arsenal man Song, on loan from Barcelona, almost made an instant impact with a low volley into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards early on. Sakho was penalised for standing in an offside position in front of goal, though, despite not touching the ball.

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West Ham 1-2 Arsenal: Wenger delighted by his team's character

While Allardyce's men have exceeded expectations this season, Arsenal have had a mixed start to the campaign and they were very much on the back foot in the opening stages.

But the Gunners had failed to score in only one of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League and they were at it again before the break.

Cazorla punished Reid's high leg in the box to roll home the resulting penalty for the opener. The lead was doubled minutes later as Welbeck was on hand to slide the ball in to the net from close range after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low cross from the right.

Stunned by the deficit, West Ham restored hope soon after the break with Kouyate bundling Sakho's cross from the right in to the net via Mathieu Debuchy.

But it was Arsenal who had the better chances, with Hammers keeper Adrian brilliantly denying Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain, before the visitors survived a late aerial bombardment.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"We had a committed and united performance. The keeper made some good saves. We knew we needed to be good in the air today.

"I didn't know why Alex Song's goal didn't stand, I thought it would. We scored a good second goal and had many opportunities to score another. It didn't come and at 2-1 I thought the last 30 minutes would be difficult.

"We did dig deep. It is down to consistency and we are slowly getting there."

West Ham's Alex Song
Alex Song had a goal ruled out for offside
Francis Coquelin arsenal
West Ham have not beaten Arsenal since 2007
Arsenal cazorla
Arsenal are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions
West Ham
West Ham had won six of their last seven Premier League home games
West Ham Cheikhou Kouyate
Cheikhou Kouyate scored his first goal for West Ham

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 17O'BrienSubstituted forDemelat 78'minutes
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 84mins
  • 2ReidBooked at 88mins
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30Song
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forNolanat 78'minutes
  • 11Downing
  • 9CarrollBooked at 36mins
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forE Valenciaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nolan
  • 16Noble
  • 19Collins
  • 20Demel
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 31E Valencia

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2DebuchyBooked at 80mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 90mins
  • 20Flamini
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forChambersat 90'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forGibbsat 85'minutes
  • 17SánchezBooked at 48mins

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 9Podolski
  • 13Ospina
  • 14Walcott
  • 21Chambers
  • 28Campbell
  • 38Akpom
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 1, Arsenal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Arsenal 2.

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Booking

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Booking

Winston Reid (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Danny Welbeck.

Booking

James Tomkins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Guy Demel replaces Joey O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Kevin Nolan replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Adrián.

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

Attempt missed. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Carroll with a headed pass.

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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