Premier League
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 30th October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Disappointed for the second Saturday running – but for very different reasons.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Really didn't deserve to be on the losing side after that.

Lars Jacobsen
Decent if unspectacular.

Herita Ilunga
Given a tough time ?EUR" just before Faubert did his jump Ilunga dis exactly the sam ething but got away with it.

Danny Gabbidon
Fine performance marred only by his little nap etc etc.

Manuel Da Costa
Fine performance marred only by his little nap as Song ran through for the goal.

Scott Parker
I believe the tv pundits refer to players who 'put in a shift'. Parker did overtime and the night shift as well. The selfless block from Fabregas' shot summed it up.

Mark Noble
Another who worked his socks off. His absence thanks to appendicitis will be felt over the next few weeks.

Luis Boa Morte
Didn't figure as an attacking force but wasn't afraid to get involved in the middle. The fact that he had a yellow to his name at the end and Fabregas somehow escaped scot-free was ludicrous.

Valon Behrami
Another who worked hard but his energy levels seemed to drop in the second half.

Victor Obinna
Not noted for his defensive qualities and did little to change that point of view. Wasted a couple of free-kicks.

Frederic Piquionne
Was on a bit of a hiding to nothing really ?EUR" particularly in the second half.


Carlton Cole
(Replaced Piquionne, 73 mins) Another who had a bit of a thankless task. Battled gamely.

Julien Faubert
(Replaced Obinna, 87 mins) Sadly his one contribution was to turn his back on Clichy for the goal. The central defence might have been more aware of Song's run but it is Faubert's jump that will be remembered.

Pabloe Barrera
(Replaced Behrami, 90+3 mins) 'Go on son ?EUR" you've got a couple of minutes of stoppage ?EUR" go and rescue the game'. Oh full time. Hard luck.

Marek Stech
Did not play.

Winston Reid
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Herita Ilunga, Danny Gabbidon, Manuel Da Costa, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte, Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.

Goals: None.

Booked: Herita Ilunga 23 Luis Boa Morte 53        .

Sent off: None.

Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin, Chamakh.

Subs not used: Szczesny, Rosicky, Vela, Djourou.

Goals: Song (88).

Booked: Chamakh, Song.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Michael Jones.

Attendance: 60,086.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.