Where are they now? The first team to beat Arsenal at the Emirates

Carlos Tevez - West Ham

We look at the West Ham United side that ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run at the Emirates.

On the 7th of April 2007, Alan Curbishley's West Ham United were the 24th side to visit the Emirates, and the first to come away with three points. 

Ahead of their meeting this weekend, let's catch up with the Hammers side that ended Arsenal's home run. 

Two members of that side still play for West Ham. Mark Noble and James Collins both started in the 1-0 win, and remain part of Slaven Bilic’s current Premier League squad. Collins did leave the club in 2009 to sign for Aston Villa but returned three years later.

Some members of this side have since hung up their playing boots. Lucas Neill left the Hammers in 2009 and went on to play for eight more clubs. The Australian defender had spells with Everton, Al Jazira, Galatasaray, Al Wasl, Sydney FC, Omiy Ardija, Watford and Doncaster Rovers before retiring in 2012.

Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington and George McCartney have also ended their playing careers. Bowyer enjoyed three years with Birmingham City before finishing his time as a player with Ipswich Town in 2012.

Etherington retired in 2014 after helping Stoke City establish themselves as a Premier League club, during a successful five year spell with the Potters.

Like Collins, McCartney left West Ham only to return to the Hammers a few years later. He played over thirty times in his second spell at the Boleyn but decided to call an end to his career after being released by Sam Allardyce in 2014.

Luis Boa Morte, Kepa Blanco and Hayden Mullins –who were all substitutes on the day – have transitioned into non-playing roles. Boa Morte retired at Chesterfield in 2013, following brief stints at AEL and Orlando Pirates. He has ambitions to become a manager, and works as a scout in Portugal for his former club Arsenal.

This summer, Hayden Mullens joined Watford’s academy to assist Harry Kewell with the club's Under-21’s side. Blanco is also working as a youth coach back in Spain for RCD Nueva Sevilla.

Robert Green and Jonathan Spector still play in the Championship. Green, who turned in a man of the match performance against Arsenal back in 2007, joined Garry Monk’s Leeds United side in the summer, and has so far been a first team regular.

Spectator has established himself as a key member of Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City squad. The American has featured as the club’s first choice right-back and recently saw red in their 2-1 win over Brentford.

Meanwhile, Anton Ferdinand signed for League One side Southend United in the summer. The defender has been an important part of the club’s recent defensive improvements that have seen them rise to 10th in the table.

Two members of this squad are now playing abroad. Substitute keeper Roy Carroll now plies his trade in the NIFL Premiership for David Healy managed Linfield FC.

Carlos Tevez has returned to his boyhood club Boca Juniors, after successful spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus. The Argentine has won a plethora of titles in his post-Hammers career, including the Premier League, Serie A and the Champions League.

Bobby Zamora scored the winner at the Emirates but he is currently without a club following his release from Brighton Hove Albion. Nigel Reo-Coker, who was captain on that day, is also a free agent following his release from MLS side Montreal Impact.

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