Premier League

January 15, 2011


West Ham United

0 - 3


Premier League

17:30 +00:00, January 15, 2011

Boleyn Ground

Referee: A Marriner

Referee: Andre Marriner

  • 93'

    Arsenal are now two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. They were impressive tonight, although they barely needed to get out of second gear.

  • 93'

    FULL TIME Arsenal coast to an easy 3-0 victory thanks to a brace from Robin Van Persie and a strike from Theo Walcott. If it is to be the end of Grant's West Ham tenure, he has gone out with a whimper.

  • 92'

    Grant looks powerless on the touchline. Unfortunately for him, his team have shown exactly why they are bottom of the league today.

  • 91'

    There is an eerie silence at Upton Park, Avram Grant's final moments are going to be forgettable ones.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Again the corner is taken short, a deep cross tries to find Djourou, but the Swiss defender is crowded out.

  • 88'

    The corner is taken short and played to Wilshere on the edge of the box, his drive is tipped wide by Rob Green.

  • 88'

    Frank Nouble on for Wayne Bridge

  • 87'

    Keiran Gibbs and Andrei Arshavin on for Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri

  • 86'

    Nasri dips inside the challenge of Kovac before shooting from just inside the box, his shot is deflected wide.

  • 85'

    Arsenal have just maintained possession for a ridiculous amount of time. It all ends in rather disappointing fashion as Wilshere loses the ball.

  • 83'

    Arsenal are keeping the ball very well. Their passing is superb at times.

  • 82'

    Emmanuel Eboue charges forward from full back and after playing a one-two with Fabregas he advances into the box. He turns inside neatly, but is eventually blocked off. Surely it would be too much to bear for Hammers fans if Eboue scored?

  • 81'

    Denilson on for Cesc Fabregas

  • 80'

    Another cross, another clearance. West Ham must be pleading for the final whistle.

  • 79'

    Another West Ham free kick, Clichy concedes the foul.

  • 78'

    The delivery is poor and Arsenal clear. West Ham have been well beaten and you have to feel for their fans.

  • 77'

    A free kick to West Ham just inside the Arsenal half...

  • 76'

    GOAL Robin Van Persie converts the penalty! Wayne Bridge has had a shocking debut.

  • 75'

    PENALTY! Wayne Bridge hacks down Walcott as he sprints past him, clear spot kick.

  • 74'

    Avram Grant is still barking out orders from the touchline, but he must be wondering whether there is any point?

  • 73'

    The match has been incredibly flat in the second half. Arsenal sucked all the life out of West Ham with their first half display.

  • 72'

    Cole seems to have recovered, a crumb of comfort for West Ham.

  • 71'

    He's back on his feet, but walking gingerly.

  • 70'

    More bad news for West Ham, Carlton is down after twisting his ankle.

  • 69'

    Arsenal have completely bossed the match, in particular the midfield. Wilshere, Song and Fabregas have on another level to West Ham.

  • 68'

    More slick passing from Arsenal, Nasri eventually slipping past Bridge before looking for Walcott with a low cross. Stretching, he can only guide his effort wide.

  • 67'

    Rob Green comes and punches clear with authority.

  • 65'

    West Ham have launched a mini fightback in the last few minutes. They're not creating chances, but Arsenal are having less. Although, Fabregas has just won a corner...

  • 64'

    Zavon Hines finds some space in the Arsenal box, but everytime he tries to shoot he is blocked. It just isn't West Ham's day.

  • 63'

    Pablo Barrera on for Freddie Sears

  • 62'

    Again Szczesny is scrambling, after the initial corner is cleared, a deflected delivery bounces towards the keeper and Carlton Cole, with the young Pole just managing to gather.

  • 61'

    Almost a goal for West Ham in bizarre circumstances, Freddy Sears mishits a cross, with Szczesny is forced to tip wide!

  • 60'

    Samir Nasri thinks he's in after Van Persie's pass, but the linesman's flag is raised.

  • 59'

    Nasri and Fabregas wastes the short corner and Luis Boa Morte intercepts.

  • 59'

    Van Persie leathers his shot at Matthew Upson's backside, corner.

  • 58'

    Boa Morte clatters Jack Wilshere, free kick Arsenal in Van Persie territory...

  • 57'

    Arsenal have had 80% of possession. That stat says it all...

  • 56'

    Julian Faubert tries to find Carlton Cole with a pass down the right channel, it's over hit and Koscielny shepherds it out.

  • 55'

    Nasri tries to get in on the action, he walks into the box unchallenged, when he is eventually tackled the balls hits his arm and it's a free kick.

  • 54'

    Arsenal with another shot on goal and it's Walcott again, his left-footed drive is straight at Green.

  • 52'

    Arsenal clear the first cross and West Ham attempt to come again. Sears tries to release Cole, but the pass runs through to Szczesny.

  • 52'

    The shot is not far away and takes a clip off the wall for a corner...

  • 51'

    A chance for West Ham. Spector is brought down by Koscielny within shooting distance...

  • 50'

    The latest Arsenal shot is a rocket from Van Persie which clears the crossbar. It is so easy for Arsenal.

  • 49'

    Some very patient build up from Arsenal after the initial corner is cleared. Clichy eventual hoofs his cross all the way across the box and out of play.

  • 48'

    Walcott earns another corner, Bridge gets close enough to block the cross...

  • 47'

    Theo Walcott is the latest to chance his arm, his left-footed shot is sliced yards wide.

  • 47'

    Another shot, this time Van Persie stings Green's palms to earn a corner after some twisting and turning.

  • 46'

    West Ham respond with a similar shot from Zavon Hines, which Szczesny gathers.

  • 46'

    Arsenal are straight on the offensive, Fabregas dragging a low shot wide from 30 yards.

  • 45'

    SECOND HALF West Ham with the restart.

  • 45'

    The teams are out for second half...

  • 45'

    A jaw-dropping stat from Opta Joe. Overall, Avram Grant has a higher Premier League win percentage than Martin O'Neill.

  • 45'

    Avram Grant has 45 minutes left as West Ham manager, can he create a happy ending to his Upton Park tale?

  • 45'

    What would Martin O'Neill make of this? With all due respect to West Ham, why would a manager of O'Neill's reputation want to step into this situation?

  • 45'

    Arsenal couldn't have wished for a more straight-forward 45 minutes. They are playing a West Ham team that looks inept and they could get a hat full now.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME West Ham look down and out. Arsenal are in complete control and the Hammers look ripe for relegation. Avram Grant is going out with a whimper...

  • 45'

    Nasri's corner is poor and the recovered Green can gather.

  • 45'

    Johann Djourou almost makes it three! He makes a rampaging run through, attempts to clip his shot over Green, who saves well. He's taken a knock though, and is slow getting to his feet.

  • 45'


  • 44'

    The Arsenal fans are singing "You're getting sacked in an hour", I imagine Avram Grant has had better days...

  • 43'

    James Tomkins rises to meet the corner, but Arsenal are eventually able to clear.

  • 42'

    A chance for West Ham! Sears with a fantastic cross for Cole, who makes a mess of his header and is fortunate to earn a corner. A terrible miss.

  • 41'

    Wayne Bridge at fault, yet again! He played Van Persie onside before allowing Walcott to run across him and beat him to the finish. West Ham may well be wasting £90,000 a week on the City man...

  • 40'

    GOAL Make that 2-0 up! Robin Van Persie is in acres of space, he gets to the byline and squares for Walcott, who fires his shot into the roof of the net from six yards out.

  • 39'

    Arsenal are in complete control of this game. Arsene Wenger's only regret will be that his team are only 1-0 up.

  • 38'

    Fabregas and Nasri combine superbly, Nasri is released on goal, the angle is tight and his lofted effort floats across goal.

  • 37'

    West Ham manage to clear, but Arsenal still have possession...

  • 36'

    Radoslav Kovac concedes a needless corner...

  • 35'

    West Ham are trying to get close to Arsenal, but the Gunners are far too quick.

  • 33'

    A bit of fight from West Ham after more hesitancy from Djourou. He looks like the weak link at the moment...

  • 32'

    Samir Nasri attempts to twist and turn past Wayne Bridge, but the loanee does well to tackle him, sending the ball off Nasri and out for a goal kick.

  • 31'

    Arsenal hit a post! Nasri glides through a challenge before setting up Van Persie who smashes a well struck drive against the post with Green beaten. Unlucky.

  • 30'

    West Ham look an absolute shambles at the back. Wayne Bridge makes a mess of his clearance and panic ensues. Eventually Green gathers but it's hard not to see Arsenal scoring again here...

  • 29'

    James Tomkins is back on the pitch after receiving some treatment. The last thing they need is another injury.

  • 27'

    A lightning-fast break from Arsenal, with Van Persie feeding Fabregas. The Spaniard surges towards goal and passes back to Van Persie, who beautifully tees up Song and his deflected shot is gathered by Rob Green.

  • 26'

    Foul by Djourou on Spector in the centre circle, free kick.

  • 25'

    Carlton Cole is looking too strong for Djourou at the moment, Arsene Wenger desperately needs to purchase a centre half.

  • 24'

    West Ham are trying to put a nervy-looking Arsenal backline under pressure. Can they create chances?

  • 23'

    Terrible defending from Djourou, neither side is covering themselves in glory at the back.

  • 22'

    What a chance for West Ham!!! Johann Djourou is completely outmuscled by Carlton Cole, who finds himself clear on goal. His right-footed effort is excellently saved by Szczesny but the rebound falls to Boa Morte. He burst into the box and feeds Hines, who fire his shot from a narrowly angle just over the bar.

  • 21'

    Jack Wilshere shows wonderfully quick feet to slalom through the West Ham defence, unfortunately he's not quick enough and Green manages to gather.

  • 20'

    A huge blow for West Ham, who have now lost Noble to injury. It's been a disasterous start for the home side.

  • 19'

    Luis Boa Morte on for Mark Noble

  • 18'

    Arsenal are looking very dangerous on the break. This could be a rout if West Ham aren't careful.

  • 17'

    Johann Djourou almost lets Jonathan Spector in after a slip, but the Swiss defender recovers and Arsenal break. Walcott finds himself free through the middle, Tomkins does well to put him under pressure and Walcotts eventual shot is feeble.

  • 16'

    Green punches clear the free kick under pressure from Van Persie. Song finds Nasri from the loose ball, but his cut back for Djourou is poor.

  • 15'

    Julien Faubert is in the book for a lunge on Fabregas by the touchline. A certain booking.

  • 14'

    Awful defending from West Ham, and in particular the debutant Wayne Bridge. He stood off Walcott, who was allowed to pick out Van Persie with ease.

  • 13'

    GOAL Robin Van Persie opens the scoring! Theo Walcott has too much time to square for Van Persie on the penalty spot, who spins and smashes his shot emphatically past Green! A hammer blow for West Ham.

  • 12'

    Noble's corner is cleared at the near post before Noble is dispossessed by Fabregas at the second attempt.

  • 11'

    Zavon Hines is in behind Eboue and looks for Cole with his low cross, Clichy turns it behind for a corner...

  • 10'

    Arsenal have slowed down after their rapid start, the West Ham fans burst into a chorus of "blowing bubbles".

  • 8'

    West Ham are keeping their shape well and competing in midfield. They are definitely more settled now.

  • 7'

    Van Persie lays the ball of for Nasri, who catches his shot well but Robert Green gathers at the first attempt.

  • 6'

    Foul by Nobel near half way, Arsenal free kick.

  • 5'

    West Ham are starting to come into the game and seeing more of the ball. There is a flat atmosphere at Upton Park.

  • 4'

    Will the West Ham players look to put in a performance for their manager in what looks like being his final game?

  • 3'

    An untimely slip from Theo Walcott as he looks to embark on a run into the West Ham box. Szczesny reacts well to clear a long ball from the Hammers at the other end.

  • 2'

    Robin Van Persie's free kick is straight into the wall. Arsenal punt the ball back into the box, Van Persie's knock down looking for Nasri before Faubert hooks clear.

  • 2'

    Matthew Upson heads clear the corner, but from the second ball Fabregas is fouled in a dangerous area...

  • 1'

    Arsenal straight into possession and passing the ball well. They need a result today having only scored one goal in their last three games. Former Real Madrid man Faubert concedes an early corner...


    KICK OFF Arsenal get us started.


    Kick off is drawing near, what must Avram Grant be thinking? If he wins tonight, how can West Ham turn around and sack him?


    West Ham can climb off the bottom of the table with a shock win tonight.


    Arsenal can't move up the table tonight, but they need three points to stay in touch with the Manchester clubs at the top of the table.


    Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri come back into the Arsenal team after missing the mid-week Carling Cup defeat to Ipswich.


    A huge blow for West Ham prior to kick off, Scott Parker is injured and misses tonight's game. How can the Hammers cope in his absence?


    All eyes are on Upton Park this evening, with Martin O'Neill rumoured to be waiting in the wings, Avram Grant takes his team into a clash with title-chasing Arsenal.


    Live updates will appear here from 1715 GMT.


    Is Avram Grant presiding over his last game in charge of West Ham on Saturday? Kevin Keegan certainly hopes not.