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Arsenal beats West Ham 2-0

Arsenal beats West Ham 2-0

An injury time goal from Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor sealed a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.
Adebayor came on as a late substitute at Upton Park and immediately made an impact. In the 75th minute, the Togo international fired a shot that appeared to be going wide until West Ham right-back Julien Faubert poked the ball past his own goalkeeper for an own goal.
Adebayor nearly made it 2-0 in the 80th but West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green parried the shot and the striker put the rebound over the bar. But Adebayor got his goal in injury time, collecting a superb pass from Nicklas Bendtner, rounding Green who had come off his line, and then placing a right-footed shot into the goal from about 18 yards.
The victory leaves Arsenal in fourth place with 19 points, a point behind Hull, which continued its dream start to its first season in the Premier League, beating West Brom 3-0 on Saturday.
It was West Ham's third consecutive loss and Gianfranco Zola's fifth match in charge since taking over from Alan Curbishley.
Arsenal had the most chances in a scoreless first half with Theo Walcott leading the charge. The England international hit the bar in the 20th minute after a great run down the right.
The 19-year-old winger went close six minutes later with a left-footed shot from close range that was tipped away by West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, who also saved another shot from Walcott in the first minute.
West Ham had two clear chances in the first half, the first coming in the 10th minute when midfielder David Di Michele fired a shot from 25 yards out that was just tipped over the bar by Arsenal 'keeper Manuel Almunia.
In the 29th, midfielder Scott Parker released striker Craig Bellamy with a superb through ball and the Wales international's left-footed shot from about 10 yards was well saved by Almunia, who stuck out his left leg to deflect the ball away for a corner.
West Ham fans were frustrated throughout the first half as their team gave away the ball too easily.
But the Hammers played much better at the start of the second half, upping the tempo and putting pressure on Arsenal's defenders, and defending well themselves. In the 51st minute, striker Carlton Cole's header narrowly missed the target from a free kick from Bellamy.
Arsenal, however, regained composure as the second half wore on. Striker Robin van Persie had a left-footed shot from the edge of the area parried by Green for a corner. Two minutes later, the Dutch international struck a free kick that hit the left post.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made three changes from the side that beat Fenerbahce 5-2, dropping Adebayor and midfielders Denilson and Abou Diaby from the starting lineup. Adebayor and Diaby came on in a double substitution in the 67th minute, replacing Walcott and midfielder Samir Nasri.


Updated : 2021-04-23 21:44 GMT+08:00