Monday, January 4, 2010

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners come back

First of all, I would like to wish all the readers a happy new year. We haven't been able to post because we were out of town.
Arsenal played West Ham on Sunday, and Arsene Wenger sent out a somewhat weaker side to the one that played against Portsmouth. Almunia, Arshavin, Nasri, Traore and Diaby all rested, and Fabianski, Vela, Wilshere, Merida and Silvestre came in to replace them. Andrey Arshavin, who is carrying a bruise on his foot, was left out completely.
The first half was scrappy, and West Ham seemed to be the team more into the game. Arsenal had a couple of chances, one where Eduardo was gifted the ball, but his shot was saved by Green. Vela made a good run, and then back heeled to Wilshere, but the youngster, instead of shooting, tried to dribble pass the West Ham defence. Their goal came in injury time; Arsenal's back line stepped up, but Silvestre played Diamanti onside, and he finished despite Fabianski getting a hand to it. In the second half, West Ham started the better, and were exploiting their right wing, with Stanislas easily beating Silvestre a couple of times. It took the introduction of Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby to turn it around for Arsenal, and soon after they came on, Robert Green made a double save from Diaby and Alex Song. But the goal would soon come, and Song played Vela in, who then played in Ramsey who finished with his left foot, and thats now 2 in the last week for the young Welshman. The second goal came 5 minutes later when Song again passed to Vela who's good cross was met by Eduardo's looping header, and Green, despite getting a hand to it could not keep it out. 2-1 Arsenal, and West Ham were finished.
Player Ratings
Not his fault on the goal, made on good save, had nothing to do really.
Nothing too spectacular, solid defensively
Easily beaten, played Diamanti onside. When he went forward, he was exposed, and thats why he's not good at left back.
Very nice goal, and general play was good. Last year I would've bet on Wilshere being the more involved player this year, but Ramsey has developed very well this year.
Started off poorly, but when Diaby came on played much better. Heavily involved in the build up for both goals. We'll miss him at the ACN, hope Cameroon is eliminated quickly.
Started off ok, but then really really faded.
Could not get involved, made 2 mess ups at the back that almost cost us.
Good header, and we played much better with him through the middle.
2 assists for the young Mexican, and he played much better on the wings then in the middle.
Game changed for the better when Nasri and Diaby came on.
Ditto; he always makes good driving runs from the midfield, today was no different, and could've scored except for a good save from Green.

Arsenal drew Stoke away in the fourth round; that will be played on the 23/24 of January.

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