English FA Cup

January 3, 2010

Full-time

West Ham United

1 - 2

Arsenal

English FA Cup

16:15 +00:00, January 3, 2010

Upton Park, England

Referee: M Clattenburg

  • 95'

    West Ham 1-2 Arsenal. A deserved win for a young Arsenal side, inspired by the introduction of older hands Diaby and Nasri. Diamanti gave the Hammers the lead after a break just before half-time but Arsenal dominated from there on. Goals from Ramsey and Eduardo secured Wenger's team a place in the fourth round. Thanks for reading folks...

  • 95'

    It's all over...

  • 95'

    Arsenal free-kick just inside the West Ham half.

  • 95'

    Green pumps it long now but Arsenal have it again. Must be game over.

  • 94'

    Veermaelen to hit it. But Faubert breaks after it hits the wall, he's still got some gas left.

  • 93'

    Eduardo brought down by Diamanti in a central position, thirty yards from goal. The Italian has looked an increasingly frustrated figure.

  • 92'

    Ramsey's shot saved by Green. Low strike from the right side of the penalty area.

  • 92'

    Tomkins flicks it on but Vermaelen heads it away and Arsenal are streaming forward.

  • 92'

    Free-kick for West Ham. Green to launch it.

  • 91'

    West Ham trying to conjure an attack but Wenger's side are allowing them nothing.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  • 90'

    Diamanti falls over his own feet in midfield. Comical. He looks knackered.

  • 89'

    West Ham have not had a sniff since the second Arsenal goal. Ruthless form the Gunners.

  • 88'

    WEST HAM SUB: Edgar on for Stainslas.

  • 88'

    Daprela stops it on the line after Vela's shot looked to be destined to find the net.

  • 88'

    Jermain Defoe's cousin is about to replace Junior Stanislas.

  • 87'

    Eduardo jumps higher than Upson and his header is just wide.

  • 86'

    Vela whips it in towards Eduardo but Tomkins turns it away. Corner to be taken by Nasri.

  • 86'

    Arsenal's lead is a deserved one, they've undoubtedly been the better side, especially in the second half.

  • 85'

    Alex Song has it in some space in the box but he fires a left-foot effort over the bar.

  • 84'

    Desperation for West Ham whve fought bravely. But they're on the back foot still as Arsenal press for a third. Upson concedes a corner.

  • 84'

    Zola looking decidedly more devastated now.

  • 83'

    West Ham 1-2 Arsenal. In the blink of an eye the Gunners have taken the league. Great cross from Vela down the left. Eduardo's header loops over Green. It was a cracking header at that.

  • 82'

    GOAL! Eduardo.

  • 81'

    High foot from Jimenez on Diaby, a painful looking one at that. He's caught him right in the face with his boot. No mean feat as Diaby is 6ft 2 in!

  • 80'

    Zola looks devastated on the touchline.

  • 80'

    The goal was coming and Arsenal's momentum could see them grab a winner here.

  • 80'

    WEST HAM SUB: Sears on for Nouble

  • 79'

    West Ham 1-1 Arsenal. Nasri down the right gave it to Song, it's incredibly tight down the middle but Song's pass is turned into the path of Ramsey by Vela. The Welshman swings a left foot at it and it was a fanstatsic finish.

  • 78'

    GOAL! Ramsey

  • 77'

    West Ham fans increasing the noise now as "I'm forever blowing bubbles" echoes around Upton Park.

  • 76'

    Ramsey releases Sagna down the right and his ball is teed up for Nasri by Eduardo. High over the bar by the Frenchman.

  • 75'

    Jimenez springs forward and he feeds Diamanti. Daprela accelerates down the left but he bites off a little more than he can chew, not for the first time in this game.

  • 75'

    It's all Arsenal now as they push hard for an equaliser that would earn a replay.

  • 74'

    Nasri's delivery flicked on by Diaby but Green has it in his hands.

  • 73'

    Handbags between Diamanti and Vela. A little retaliation from the Mexican not spotted by the ref.

  • 73'

    Diaby's arrival has seen Arsenal look more incisive.

  • 72'

    Arsenal corner and Green collects.

  • 72'

    Vermaelen on the march for now and Diaby is free in the box. He finds himself clean through but it's smothered by Green, who bounces back up and saves the rebound effort from Song too. Excellent play by the keeper.

  • 71'

    The Frenchman is gesticulating wildly, who said sportsmanship is dead.

  • 70'

    Nouble is down for West Ham and Arsenal stop playing much to the frustration of Wenger.

  • 69'

    Arsenal corner and Nasri takes. It's cleared away and Wenger's side hav not once looked like scoring from a set-piece.

  • 68'

    Lovely ball by Song down the right to Sagna but he dwells on it and rather than crossing first time, delays to give the Hammers chance to regroup and clear it away.

  • 68'

    Diamanti outmuscled by Diaby and Ramsey and the Welshman brings Arsenal forward.

  • 67'

    This is the ninth time these sides are clashing in the FA Cup. West Ham have had the better of the exchanges, progressing in five of the previous eight occasions.

  • 67'

    Diaby opens up some space and shoots though Kovac blocks it away.

  • 66'

    Kovac gives it straight back to Sagna who overhits the cross out for a goal kick.

  • 66'

    Nasri with an early touch and he and Diaby look to link up before Eduardo messes up on the edge.

  • 65'

    ARSENAL SUB: Nasri and Diaby on for Merida and Wilshere.

  • 64'

    Ramsey and Sagna combine down the right and Sagna goes down but it's no free-kick. Merida fouls Jimenez and it's a Hammers free-kick.

  • 64'

    Arsenal about to call on the cavalry.

  • 63'

    Jimenez the man again coming forward but his shot is deflected away to safety.

  • 63'

    Diamanti's delivery is scooped up by Fabianski.

  • 62'

    Ramsey fould Behrami and it's a West Ham free-kick out on the left.

  • 62'

    Here comes the claret and blue wave again. Nouble escapes the offside flag to fins himself in space down the right.

  • 61'

    Jimenez with space ont he edge of the box but again a poor last ball and it's intercepted by Gallas.

  • 61'

    Wenger has never lost a third round tie as Arsenal boss.

  • 60'

    Daprela and Stanislas are really causing Arsenal trouble down the left.

  • 60'

    Tomkins almost gave it away with Eduardo and Vela looming over him but he just manages to scrape it away.

  • 59'

    West Ham spring forward with Jimenez but with Stanislas sprinting down the right he undersells the pass.

  • 58'

    Arsenal still looking composed when they have the ball but when it comes to the final ball they have been seriously lacking. Another stray pass from Vela finds space but no Gunners team-mate.

  • 58'

    Shot over the bar from Ramsey.

  • 57'

    Great through ball from Diamanti to an onrushing Faubert down the right. But the former galactico can't find Nouble in the box.

  • 55'

    Good work from Wilshere down the right to turn a couple of players inside out. But the final ball is again lacking.

  • 55'

    Behrami with some excellent defensive work again, outmuscling Alex Song (which takes snome doing) and shadowing the ball out for a goal kick.

  • 54'

    Surprisingly a decent ball from Merida but Eduardo can't direct the header goalwards.

  • 53'

    Shot at goal from Eduardo inside the box but it's over the bar. Apparently deflected.

  • 53'

    It's a young subs bench for West Ham and while Wenger can bring on Diaby and Nasri, the Hammers options are considerably more limited.

  • 52'

    Diamanti walking gingerly at the moment. That's got to be a worry for Zola.

  • 51'

    Arsenal have won 50 of the 121 competitive matches they have played against West Ham.

  • 50'

    Cross comes in from Vela and Merida goes down with Daprela close by. But there was minimal contact.

  • 50'

    Merida comes through the middle with space in front of him but he makes a poor decision to try to play it in to Eduardo. Poor ball.

  • 49'

    Fantastic energy at the start of the second half from both sides. A couple of good early chances for the Hammers and will they live to regret not converting.

  • 48'

    He palmed it out for a corner but nothing comes of it as Arsenal try to break again.

  • 48'

    Wow, it's end to end stuff. Arsenal straight up the other end but West Ham again win it back. Stanislas advances and unleashes a great effort from twenty yards. Stunning save from Fabianski.

  • 47'

    Nouble almost went all the way, he's been excellent with his pressure. He twinkletoed his way through but his shot was weak in the end.

  • 47'

    Song with a boisterous tackle iun midfield to release Merida. But West Ham break up the attack and launch one of their own with the pace of Stanislas. He passes it to Nouble who has some space on the edge. But his shot is wide of the target.

  • 46'

    Arsenal unbeaten in five games against West Ham since Bobby Zamora scored a surprise winner at the Emirates in 2007.

  • 46'

    And we're off...

  • 45'

    The players are back out and no changes as yet.

  • 45'

    Of course, West Ham's biggest underdog victory over Arsenal was in 1980 when they beat the Gunners in the FA Cup final. The Hammers were in the second tier at the time but a goal from Trevor Brooking surprised Arsenal side managed by Terry Neill.

  • 45'

    Hope you enjoyed a well-earned cup of tea, the start of the second half is imminent. Can the Hammers hold out for a second FA Cup shock in one day. If you didn't know, Leeds United, leaders of League One, beat reigning Premier League champions Manchester Untited 1-0 at Old Trafford earlier today.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: West Ham 1-0 Arsenal. Zola's got his tactics spot-on really. The Hammers soaked up the pressure and looked to hit the Gunners on the break. It's exactly what they did and Silvestre was massively to blame. The Arsenal defence of old, Messrs Adams, Bould et al would have been ashamed of that offside claim.

  • 45'

    It's out and the half-time whistle goes...

  • 45'

    Arsenal corner now down the other end.

  • 45'

    WEST HAM 1-0 ARSENAL. Silvestre steps up to try and play him offside but the Italian has a clean run through and slots a left foot effort underneath Fabianski and in off the right post.

  • 45'

    GOAL! Diamanti.

  • 45'

    At least he's found an Arsenal head. But Eduardo loops it over the bar from pretty much the edge of the penalty box.

  • 45'

    Merida to deliver. He's had enough chances.

  • 45'

    Arsenal free-kick. Daprela brings down Wilshere and the Swiss youngster is booked for his troubles.

  • 44'

    Gallas gallops forward after what looked like a handball. Nothing comes of it. Ramsey has been fairly anonymous this afternoon so far.

  • 43'

    Acrobatic clearance from Faubert and its a rare break fro West Ham. Jimenez comes forward and it's three-on-three for the Hammers. The ball comes across to Nouble but he dwells on it too long and is dispossessed.

  • 42'

    Again cleared away at the near post. Come on Senor Merida.

  • 41'

    Vela does well to set up Wilshere with a cheeky back heel but he can't get the cross in and has to settle for a corner.

  • 40'

    Fabianski plays th eball out but referee Clattenberg orders a re-take, the ball was still moving.

  • 39'

    Great touch by Vela to latch onto a long ball and he gets hte right side of Tomkins before firing his left-foot shot into the grateful grasp of Green.

  • 38'

    Shaky period there for Arsenal and particularly the England youngster.

  • 37'

    Poor from Wilshere twice, first pass is straight to Staislas who has a poor touch of his own and can't manufacture a shot. Seconds later, he's dispossessed just outside the box but the resulting shot from Jimenez is dragged wide.

  • 36'

    Arsenal definitely the better of the two sides but they haven't really produced anything concrete.

  • 35'

    Faubert with some space down the right and the full-back shows why he is no longer plying his trade at the Bernabeu, spooning his cross wide.

  • 34'

    Behrami has been snapping at the heels of the Arsenal midfield, it's been an impressively dogged performance from him so far.

  • 33'

    Awkward ball from Gallas to Vermaelen but he clears it up.

  • 32'

    Arsenal threading it through midifeld now but, not for the first time, it's too much passing and not enough product for the Gunners.

  • 32'

    Danger cleared in the end and Stanislas was tackled by Sagna as he accelerated away down the left. Great challenge.

  • 31'

    Daprela adavnces on the edge but he's tried to take on one to many and now Arsenal break.

  • 31'

    Nouble chasing down again, he's shown an excellent work-rate so far.

  • 31'

    Saying that, if Green hadn't got anything to it Song was waiting to pounce.

  • 30'

    Second go and Green flaps at it a little, palming it into the path of Vermaelen who blasts it high over the bar.

  • 29'

    It's deeper and Kovac heads it back out.

  • 28'

    Arsenal corner now and let's see if Merida can do any better.

  • 28'

    Daprela has looked dangerous going forward, he's got plenty of gas.

  • 27'

    Poor delivery from Stanislas and the Arsenal keeper colelcts.

  • 27'

    Cracking save from Fabianski, curling effort from Diamanti pushed round the post.

  • 26'

    First yellow of the game, Alex Song in too hard on Behrami and the Cameroon international is in the book.

  • 26'

    Merida caught by Diamanti in midfield and it's another free-kick. A bit stop-start at the moment.

  • 25'

    Faubert was lucky there, fouled by Eduardo but he was almost embarassed inside his own box trying to turn away instead of just safely knocking it out.

  • 25'

    Good effort but it's dipped just over the bar. Fabiaski probably had it covered.

  • 25'

    Stanislas fancies it.

  • 24'

    Daprela sets off at pace, and Song brings him down. Free-kick about 25-30 yards out. Half-chance for West Ham here maybe.

  • 23'

    Poor effort from Eduardo. Easy for Green.

  • 22'

    Arsenal pushing again and Jimenez concedes the free-kick. Seconds later after the quick one, BEhrami brings down Wilshere right on the edge of the area. Free-kick in a dangerous position and Eduardo is walking over to it.

  • 22'

    Free-kick to Arsenal, Nouble's challenge on Song a little too robust.

  • 21'

    That Diamanti shot deflected off Vermaelen's hand but it was going at some space and would have been pretty impossible to get out of the way. The Italian has scored four spot-kicks this season.

  • 20'

    Sagna on the gallop again down the right but the ball is just a little strong.

  • 19'

    Diamanti with a stinging drive and it deflected into the path of Stanislas but he just can't get past any Gunners' defenders. Vermaelen was just too strong.

  • 19'

    Poor delivery again from Merida. He hasn't really got it past the first man yet.

  • 18'

    Great save by Green. Shocking play by Tomkins, he gives it straight to Eduardo and his shot is heading into the bottom corner until the keeper tipped it wide.

  • 17'

    But he's made a great last-ditch challenge to stop Eduardo and it's an Arsenal corner.

  • 17'

    Booted out by Faubert with loads of time. Extremely uncomposed by the former Real Madrid player.

  • 16'

    Ramsey and Vela exchange passes on the edge and Behrami gets the block in.

  • 16'

    It comes to Alex Song and it's deflected out for another corner.

  • 15'

    Arsenal streaming forward with Silvestre. Wilshere, switching flanks makes half a yard and forces a corner.

  • 14'

    No, he is properly injured.

  • 14'

    Scott Parker missing today, is it because he is going to be heading out the exit door and he doesn't want to be cup-tied?

  • 13'

    Nice inter-play between Wilshere and Sagna but the French full back's cross is weak.

  • 12'

    Crisp strike from Merida from outside the box. Bounces just in front of Green but it's central enough for the England goalkeeper to gather it.

  • 11'

    Nice play from Eduardo on the left and he's played in Merida to the by-line but he can't quite pull it back to Vela.

  • 10'

    West Ham throw to be taken by Daprela. Sagna was confused there. He shepherded it out thinking he'd won the throw.

  • 10'

    West Ham definitely coming into the match more now.

  • 10'

    Shot from Diamanti from 25 yards and it's gone out for a throw-in. That's right a throw-in. Shocking effort. Sliced.

  • 9'

    The young striker Nouble chases down a lost cause and wins it back for the Hammers.

  • 9'

    Fast break from West Ham though with Stanislas leading the charge, but he can't thread it in to Nouble.

  • 8'

    Wilshere floats it in for a second time and Green comes to colelct convincingly.

  • 8'

    Merida to take.

  • 8'

    Silvestre puts a cross in from the left and Daprela heads it out for an Arsenal corner.

  • 7'

    Nouble is a 6ft 3in English forward, very much in the Carlton Cole mould and it's a big game for him today, the 19 year old is playing up front on his own.

  • 6'

    The ball comes out to Behrami and he's hit one from the edge but it's blocked.

  • 6'

    Great power from Nouble and he's sheltered the ball to win a Hammers corner.

  • 5'

    Stanislas picks up the ball down the left but Sagna is strong in the tackle.

  • 4'

    Wilshere draws a foul from fellow teenager Daprela but Merida's free-kick is intercepted.

  • 4'

    But the Gunners showing their class and keeping possession.

  • 3'

    West Ham certainly trying to press Arsenal and Jiminez is quite advanced, playing off Nouble at the moment.

  • 2'

    Arsenal passing it around well to start with, Song playing in is last game before the African Nations Cup.

  • 1'

    Wilshere, a West Ham fan, suggested earlier this week he would like to go on loan to the Hammers and he's started brightly with a run down the left.

  • 1'

    Excellent atmosphere as always at Upton Park and Arsene Wenger's starting line-up has certainly offered them a chance.

  • 1'

    Now we're off, kick-off replayed there!

  • 1'

    Or not...

  • 1'

    And we're off...

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    Looking forward to seeing Jack Wilsherse and Fran Merida in the Arsenal midfield, they've looked excellent in the Carling Cup.

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    So, the players are on the pitch and we're just about ready to get started here. Jiminez given a chance by Gianfranco Zola, he's been disappointing since moving from Inter and has plenty to prove.

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    ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Ramsey, Song, Merida, Wilshere, Eduardo, Vela Subs: Mannone, Gilbert, Diaby, Nasri, Traore, Eastmond, Emmanuel-Thomas

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    WEST HAM: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Daprela, Kovac, Behrami, Stanislas, Diamanti, Jimenez, Nouble Subs: Stech, N?Gala, Da Costa, Payne, Lee, Edgar, Sears

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    I can remember a couple of tasty FA Cup clashes between these sides in the 1998 competition. A 1-1 draw at Highbury was followed by another at Upton Park and the Gunners edged through on penalties, securing the double in the process.

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    Afternoon all, welcome to West Ham v Arsenal in the FA Cup third round. The Hammers are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League at the moment, while the Gunners are flying high, in excellent form. But anything can happen in the FA Cup. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson...