Arsene Wenger has done a great job motivating his players after a series of unfortunate fixtures. Arsenal looked determined and showed a lot of character against West Ham who despite being second from last in the Premier League, put up a good fight.
The first half started off with Arsenal trying to get an early lead. With only 7 minutes into the game Giroud missed out on a great chance to score after Sagna’s perfect cross. Noble responded with a great effort which was saved by Szczesny.
Walcott who looks better with every game missed a great chance to put Arsenal in the lead. Cazorla and Giroud also got close to scoring but were denied by West Ham’s defense. Even in the stands, Gooners dominated the atmosphere.
The second half of the game started with an unexpected goal from West Ham’s Carlton Cole. It was mostly Szczesny’s fault who could not secure the ball after Nolan’s shot from just outside the box.
The game was pretty one-sided after that. Arsenal pushed on and on and got closer to scoring with each minute.
Walcott managed his first goal of the game with 22 minutes to go. His left-footed shot fooled West Ham’s defense and got passed the keeper who had little time to react. The English international got his second goal 3 minutes after that when he got his header passed Adrian.
With 10 minutes to go, Podolski got the final goal after a nicely placed shot near the right post. Bendtner could have made it 4-1 but missed the target. The game ended with a well-deserved win for Arsenal who head to St James’ Park for their last fixture in 2013.