Premier League
West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal 

Saturday, 6th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Apologies for the lateness of this one – unfortunately my home PC has been working with all the speed of John Terry making an apology.

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Player Ratings

Jussi Jaaskelainen
One or two of his parries were a little unconvincing and I thought he could have made more of an effort with the third.

Guy Demel
Stuck to his task well under difficult circumstances up to his untimely departure.

George McCartney
Had a hard time but the visitors never quite got the better of him. Nice involvement in the build up to the goal.

James Collins
Good in the air but yet again slight lapses of concentration proved costly.

Winston Reid
Had a tough game but again it is a measure of his improvement over the past year or so that the debate is now over which player is the best to play alongside him.

Mark Noble
Puller of innumerable strings in the midfield. Whilst the clamour for him to represent his country may be premature, the notion that he should be behind Jonjo Shelvey in the pecking order is ludicrous.

Mo Diame
Fine goal and worked hard but could have had a second and his touch deserted him just at the wrong time for the equaliser.

Kevin Nolan
Got into his usual good positions in combination with Carroll but his profligacy in front of goal was a major contributory factor in the defeat.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Seemed to be a bit in awe of his opponents and just as he seemed to be getting the measure of the game he managed to do himself some mischief.

Matt Jarvis
Good in parts but failed to really grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

Andy Carroll
Epitomised the spirit of the team. Deserved a goal for his efforts up front and was awesome in helping out at the back when we were defending. Probably made the post-match teas as well for all I know. MOTM.


Matt Taylor
(Replaced Vaz Te, 64)
Made little impact when replacing Vaz Te.

James Tomkins
(Replaced Demel, 73)
As has often been the case in the past he was a fish out of water playing at right back in place of the injured Demel.

Carlton Cole
(Replaced Diame, 82)
They got their third just after he came on so he was on a hiding to nothing really.

Stephen Henderson
Did not play.

Gary O'Neil
Did not play.

Yossi Benayoun
Did not play.

Modibo Maiga
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, George McCartney, James Collins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Kevin Nolan, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll.

Goals: Momo Diame 21                  .

Booked: Momo Diame 22 Winston Reid 36 Matt Taylor 86      .

Sent off: None.

Arsenal: Vito Mannone, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Yao Gervinho, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski.

Subs not used: Damian Martinez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Andrey Arshavin.

Goals: Olivier Giroud (21), Theo Walcott (77), Santi Cazorla (83).

Booked: Yao Gervinho (45+1), Theo Walcott (77).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 34,974.

Man of the Match: Andy Carroll.