Arsenal 0-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

I have travelled along the road to Damascus, but received no blinding revelation. It was more a case of sh*tting myself that I was going to get run over by a Syrian tank.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Simply outstanding. Simply one of the best goalkeeping displays you're ever likely to see.

Lucas Neill
Excellent performance from a player whose influence is proving to be a major factor in our mini-revival.

George McCartney
Another solid performace from a player who is hitting form at the right time. Hopefully the injury won't prove to be too serious.

Anton Ferdinand
Fought like a lion to keep the Arse at bay. One player who has benefitted hugely from a settled back four.

James Collins
Won lots of headers and made some vital interceptions and blocks. Crucially, he stayed on his feet when one on one with his back to goal.

Mark Noble
Started slowly but slowly got to grips with the game. Made some huge tackles in the middle of the park.

Nigel Reo-Coker
Like Noble, did a lot of work in the engine room to frustrate the opposition whilst making a number of good forward runs.

Lee Bowyer
Still to break his duck in front of goal but Lehmann did well to keep that statistic intact.

Matthew Etherington
Seems to have lost the ability to beat his man, but worked hard again.

Carlos Tevez
A little slow to release the ball at times but his most important work was done in defensive areas today.

Bobby Zamora
Another one of those massive Zamora goals. Read Preston, Ipswich, Arsenal (last year). Whilst he may not be the first name on the team sheet but you do wonder where we may be without some of those strikes.


Jonathan Spector
(Replaced McCartney, 45) Playing in unfamiliar territory but an excellent effort.

Luis Boa Morte
(Replaced Zamora, 65) Missed a sitter for the second successive week; fortunately it proved to be immaterial.

Kepa Blanco
(Replaced Tevez, 82) Ruffled a few Arsenal feathers in the last few minutes.

Roy Carroll
Did not play.

Hayden Mullins
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, George McCartney, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, Mark Noble, Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora.

Goals: Bobby Zamora 45                  .

Booked: James Collins 73          .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Arsenal: Lehmann, Clichy, Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Fabregas, Gilberto, Ljungberg, Hleb, Rosicky, Adebayor.

Subs not used: Almunia, Senderos.

Goals: .

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: G.Poll.

Attendance: 60,098.

Man of the Match: Robert Green.