West Ham United 1-3 Arsenal: Walcott the hero as Arsenal go top

West Ham United 1 - 3 Arsenal

  • 46" Carlton Cole
  • 68" Theo Walcott
  • 71" Theo Walcott
  • 79" Lukas Podolski

Ref: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 34,977

Upton Park

A brace from Theo Walcott and a strike from Lukas Podolski sent Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League.

Theo Walcott was the hero for Arsenal as his double eradicated a howler of an error from Wojciech Szczesny.

A terrible mistake by Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny just after half-time presented Carlton Cole with the chance to secure his fourth goal in Boxing Day fixtures after he failed to hold onto a shot from Kevin Nolan.

Matt Jarvis missed a great chance just a few minutes to double West Ham’s advantage when he went in behind the Arsenal back four, a chance that the Hammers would later regret he missed.

West Ham could easily have pulled away from Arsenal but the Gunners kept plugging away and got back into the game after Adrian fumbled the ball into the back of the net after Theo Walcott had cut inside and unleashed a shot in the 68th minute.

Walcott then put the Gunners in front with a sublime header after a great piece of work from Lukas Podolski just a couple of minutes after the equaliser.

Podolski then grabbed himself a goal to seal the points after a piece of great work from Olivier Giroud who held the ball up, laid it off to the German who smacked the ball in with the outside of his left foot.

West Ham toiled to get back into the game late on but Arsenal grew in confidence as each goal flew in.

Statistics

West Ham United

Arsenal

Possession

33.7%
66.3%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

West Ham United

  • Adrián
  • George McCartney
  • James Tomkins
  • James Collins
  • Joey O'Brien
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Mohamed Diamé
  • Joe Cole
  • Mark Noble
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Carlton Cole

Substitutes

  • Matthew Taylor
  • Modibo Maiga
  • Alou Diarra
  • Guy Demel
  • Jack Collison
  • Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • Razvan Rat

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Mesut Özil
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Theo Walcott
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Olivier Giroud

Substitutes

  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Serge Gnabry
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Carl Jenkinson

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