West Ham vs Arsenal: EPL live scores, blog

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    Can Arsenal actually challenge for the EPL or will their inconsistencies remain?

    Arsenal will be put for their first win in four matches with a tough trip to Upton Park to face West Ham in a London derby. Join us for live scores and commentary from 2.00am AEDT.

    Monday night’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea came on the back of a 6-3 loss to Manchester City, after losing 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo in the Champions League midweek prior to that.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his players remain on course in their English Premier League title challenge despite having picked up just two points from their past three games.

    Wenger’s side will make the short trip across London to West Ham United on Thursday having drawn at home with Everton and Chelsea either side of a 6-3 thrashing at Manchester City.

    Arsenal had been seven points clear at the end of November, but now find themselves behind leaders Liverpool – who visit City in Thursday’s late game – on goal difference.

    Wenger’s men struggled to create chances against Chelsea in Monday’s 0-0 draw, but Wenger insists that the Gunners’ prospects are far healthier than they had appeared at the start of the season, when they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

    “The spirit of the players is unbelievably focused and there is a great desire,” he said.

    “We are going through a period where it is a bit more difficult, but with that spirit we will come out of that.

    “Let’s be serious – after the first game, against Aston Villa, if I’d have told you we would be top of the league, you would have said I was absolutely mad, so let’s not go completely overboard.

    “We are where we are. The last three games have been difficult, but we have played Everton, we have played Man City and we have played Chelsea.”

    West Ham are struggling to stay out of the relegation places, but Wenger is nonetheless expecting a testing 90 minutes.

    “In the Premier League we have have learnt that it is difficult everywhere,” he said.

    Wenger will make changes to keep his starting line-up fresh and now has the option of using Lukas Podolski, the Germany forward, who has recovered from the hamstring injury that had sidelined him since August.

    West Ham have managed only one win in their past 10 Premier League games and sit just one point and one place above the bottom three.

    However, right-back Guy Demel believes that Sam Allardyce’s side have a chance of upsetting the Gunners.

    “We all know Arsenal is a great side and a force this season, but we are at home, it is a London derby and if we can get our performance right … then we always give ourselves a chance,” he said.

    Can the Hammers steal an unlikely three points? Find out from 2.00am AEDT.

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    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 4:08am | ! Report

      Arsenal win for the first time in five games as they head back to the top of the table – at least until Manchester City play Liverpool – while, incredibly given their early season form a resurgent Crystal Palace are out of the relegation zone.

      If you’re still with us, or are just waking up I will be live blogging the huge game at Eastlands between Manchester City and Liverpool which is kicking off in a few minutes. Thanks for reading – don’t forget to tweet any opinions, rants, or riffs to the Roar or me @laythy29 – after the incredible attacking nature of the game at Upton Park I need to lie in a darkened room – but rest assured I won’t until after City v Liverpool at any rate. Cheers.

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 4:02am | ! Report

      FULL TIME West Ham United 1 – Arsenal 3

      Here are the scores in the other games on this dramatic Boxing Day set of fixtures.

      Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace
      Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
      Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
      Everton 0-1 Sunderland
      Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
      Norwich 1-2 Fulham
      Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
      West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 4:00am | ! Report

      90+4 FULL TIME West Ham United 1 – 3 Arsenal

      Carlton Cole 46′, Walcott 68′, 71′ Podolski 79′.

      A massive win for Arsenal who were wobbling after a fired up West Ham came flying out of their traps in the second half after the Gunners missed a number of chances in the first period.

      Luckily for Arsenal fans the North Londoners held their nerve, weathered the storm and ultimately showed their undoubted class. Giroud, Gibbs and Podolski as sub were simply superb. Carlton Cole like many of his teammates battled gamely for spells but the fact is the Irons and Big Sam were outclassed by their visitors.

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 3:55am | ! Report

      90+2 mins 1-3

      Arsenal are seeing the game out.

      With three goals in nine crazy second half minutes sees Arsenal go back to the top of the league after a pulsating and enthralling game that shows just why the EPL is the most exciting league in the world. West Ham for their part will be shaking their heads ruefully after their very real chance to be 3-0 ahead.

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 3:52am | ! Report

      90 mins 1-3

      Bendtner showing his selfish side shoots across goal when pass to a lurking Walcott could have helped him get a hattrick.

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 3:51am | ! Report

      88 mins 1-3

      Arsenal bossing the play.

      So Jose Mourinho thinks Arsenal are boring. Does anyone want to send him a DVD of this game?

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 3:50am | ! Report

      86 mins 1-3

      West Ham are looking for the final whistle. They have given their all but Arsenal have been rampant.

      Another useless stat, the type that I love: Walcott’s second goal today was his 44th league goal for the Gunners – but his first with his head. There you go I told you it was a useless stat…

    • Roar Guru

      Layth Yousif said | 3:48am | ! Report

      85 mins

      Bendtner on for the outstanding Giroud

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