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A fiercely contested London derby between West Ham and Arsenal went the way of the Gunners, who clinched the three points with a 3-1 triumph at Upton Park. Arsene Wengerâ€™s men had to come from behind for the victory as Mohamed Diame put the home side ahead 21 minutes into the 1st half. Olivier Giroud then opened his Arsenal account by netting the equalizer four minutes before the break. A cracking 2nd half ensued as chances went a-begging at both ends, until Theo Walcott put the visitors in the lead 14 minutes from time before Santi Cazorla consigned the Hammers to a harsh defeat with a spectacular strike in the 83rd minute. (Full Match Report)
Jussi Jaaskelainen: 4/10
The keeper didnâ€™t have a lot to do in the 1st half until Giroudâ€™s striker flew past him and a frantic 2nd half saw him concede a further two goals, with Walcottâ€™s strike the most disappointing from his perspective.
Guy Demel: 4/10
The Ivorian had a torrid time against the marauding Podolski, who was allowed space and time to pick out crosses at will.
George McCartney: 5/10
The full-back did a slightly better job at keeping his man, Gervinho, quiet. But he tucked in too far inside for Walcottâ€™s goal, thus allowing the winger to run into acres of space.
Winston Reid: 6/10
Reid was at the heart of everything good at the back for West Ham, making countless interceptions and clearances. The New Zealander will be the cornerstone of West Hamâ€™s season.
James Collins: 5/10
The veteran Welshman was caught out for Giroudâ€™s goal and should have closed down Cazorla for the 3rd goal.
Mark Noble: 5/10
Nothing spectacular from the longest-serving Hammer in the squad, although he helped the side keep possession and rarely gave the ball away.
Kevin Nolan: 4/10
Nolan was guilty of poor finishing and decision making on numerous occasions, none more so than the chance he spurned when the score was at 2-1.
Mohamed Diame: 8/10
The midfielder was a huge presence down the middle for the Hammers, showing his range of skills with a brilliantly taken goal. Despite treading a tight rope after his yellow card for his goal-celebration, Diame popped up all across the pitch for the Hammers.
Ricardo Vaz Te: 4/10
The attacker wasnâ€™t given space to run into behind the defence and was kept under wraps until he suffered a suspected shoulder dislocation early n the 2nd half.
Matt Jarvis: 3/10
The winger was fairly anonymous as he wasnâ€™t able to isolate Jenkinson to a one-on-one situation.
Andy Carroll: 6/10
He justified his managerâ€™s decision to hand him his first start since returning from injury with a strong performance. He was a colossal presence in the box, winning a majority of the headers and even coming close with one fine effort in the 2nd half. He is finally starting to resemble the player Liverpool thought they had bought from Newcastle.
Matt Taylor: 4/10
The left-foot specialist came on for the injured Vaz Te and but for a typical long-range shot didnâ€™t contribute a great deal.
James Tomkins: 3/10
He replaced Demel midway through the 2nd half, but couldnâ€™t stem the flow of Arsenal raids down the left.
Carlton Cole: N/A
The striker was thrown on a minute before Cazorla killed the game.
Vito Mannone: 6/10
Mannone didnâ€™t have too many saves to make and couldnâ€™t do much about Diameâ€™s goal as it was an unstoppable effort. He was left clutching at thin air when he lost an aerial battle with Carroll, but luckily for him the strikerâ€™s header went wide. That being said, he took a boot to the head, and a good many elbows to the face, but none of those prevented him from continuously putting himself in harm's way.
Carl Jenkinson: 5/10
The youngster put in another solid performance, with his only lapse occurring in the build-up to Diameâ€™s goal as he failed to help out Ramsey against the marauding midfielder.
Kieran Gibbs: 5/10
Gibbs also had a good game on the flanks as he regularly joined Podolski, making overlapping runs. His evening was cut short though as he limped off with a knock ten minutes into the 2nd half.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10
The Belgian was a stable presence at the back, making the sweeping clearances to augment his partner Mertesacker.
Per Mertesacker: 6/10
Dealing with Carroll was never going to be easy and although the striker won most of his headers, Mertesackerâ€™s return gave the Arsenal defence more solidity. His match saving tackle against Nolan was probably his highlight of the night.
Mikel Arteta: 5/10
The Spaniard had a busy evening courtesy of West Hamâ€™s all-action midfielders, but proved once again that he is adept at his new defensive role.
Aaron Ramsey: 4/10
He was at fault for the opener, getting nut-megged by Diame just outside the box. Like the rest of Arsenalâ€™s midfield he saw a lot of the ball but without any real penetration.
Santi Cazorla: 8/10
The ex-Malaga star once again proved his worth to this Arsenal side as he sealed the points with a stunning strike, in addition to being their most creative outlet.
A disappointing outing for the Ivorian who found himself back in the wide area after a successful stint down the middle.
Lukas Podolski: 7/10
Podolski was a constant threat on the left and provided a peach of a cross for Giroudâ€™s goal. His give-and-goâ€™s with Cazorla were a treat to watch.
Olivier Giroud: 7/10
The Frenchman has been lauded for his movement and general play hitherto despite his goal-drought and he finally has a goal to show for his efforts as he scored the vital equalizer before half-time. He was a good outlet for Arsenal and Wenger will hope this is the start of things to come from the striker.
Andre Santos: 4/10
Gibbsâ€™ replacement, was his usual bustling self on the left, diving into tackles, and winning his fair share.
Theo Walcott: 6/10
The winger has been badgering his manager for a central role and he once again showcased his credentials with a sublime finish. His goal came at a crucial juncture in the game, turning the tide against the fighting home side.
Laurent Koscielny: N/A
The defender was brought on with five minutes to go, replacing Podolski, as Wenger sought to secure the points.
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