West Ham v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: December 26, 2013 3:00 PM BST
After Arsenal’s recent run of results, today’s game against West Ham is a must win really. If we want to keep our title chances alive we need to get back to winning ways, and West Ham is definitely a team we should be beating.
The game started off with Arsenal dominating possession, but not threatening the Hammers goal much. Carlton Cole and Jarvis were looking dangerous for the home side, Cole with some god hold up play, and Jarvis consistently getting in behind Sagna and getting his crosses in. Vermaelen and Mertesacker were defending well though, and Szczesny was dealing with anything that came his way.
Sagna and Gibbs were doing fantastically down the flanks, playing good balls in and putting the full backs under pressure. On one of his outings down the wing, Gibbs took it past O’Brien and was through to a good position. O’Brien held him back though, and saw the first yellow of the game.
West Ham had a couple of dangerous looking free kicks. The first from a needless Arteta foul, and the second from a handball that Vermaelen really knew nothing about. Both were taken well by the Irons but Szczesny dealt with both attempts.
Giroud is looking like he is completely bereft of confidence and belief at the moment. He had several good chances to score, but never looked like he actually thought he was going to hit the back of the net. He dragged an Özil ball wide, kicking the ground in frustration. Before just completely missing a superb Gibbs cross which was allowed to go all the way through.
Arsenal’s best chance of the half fell to Walcott though. Ramsey chipping a superb pass over the top of the West Ham defence for the Englishman to volley home, his side footed finish was wide though.
It was a half that Arsenal dominated, but once again failed to score. If we continue creating chances like this then surely we have to put some away in the second half? West Ham aren’t looking particularly dangerous, but from a set piece they could pinch one.
Sagna Mertesacker Vermaelen(c) Gibbs
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