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Arsenal beats West Ham 2-0

 West Ham United's James Collins, right, and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton P...
 Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Sunday O...

BRITAIN SOCCER

West Ham United's James Collins, right, and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton P...

BRITAIN SOCCER

Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Sunday O...

An injury-time goal from Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor sealed a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday in a hard fought encounter that keeps the Gunners in the title hunt.
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 fourth league goal of the season 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's a big win for us because to come out with a frustrating 0-0, we would have wasted an opportunity to get closer to the top," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "We knew before the game that we couldn't drop points today."
It was West Ham's third consecutive loss and Gianfranco Zola's fifth match in charge since taking over from Alan Curbishley.
"It might look crazy, but I'm not worried at all because we're going to get through this moment and it's going to be hard to beat us," Zola said.
The Hammers will try to end their drought Wednesday when they take on defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. But they may be without their top scorer, striker Carlton Cole, who was shown a red card late in injury time for a challenge on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.
Zola didn't believe it should have been a straight red and he hopes the referee has another look at the tackle. Otherwise, the Italian praised his team's performance.
"We played well, the players' committment is fantastic, their attitude is perfect," Zola said. "On the pitch, they are doing everything I asked them to do. So I have no complaints. We are just not getting the results. It's very frustrating."
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 tipped just 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 disgruntled 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.
"West Ham decided to frustrate us by defending very deep and protect very well the center," Wenger said. "We needed to stretch their defenders in the final third."
In the 51st minute, 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.
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.
The Frenchman decided to rest Adebayor for most of the match because of a busy schedule.
"Last year, I overused him and now we go into a period where we play every three days. When there's a little breather in the championship you play again in the Champions League and that's why I want to rotate (the players) a little bit."
Arsenal's next match is another derby, this time against struggling north London rival Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Harry Redknapp has just been appointed as the new manager at White Hart Lane after Tottenham's worst ever start to a season _ gaining just two points from its first eight matches _ cost Juande Ramos his job. The appointment paid immediate dividends with Tottenham getting its first Premier League win of the season, beating Bolton 2-0 on Sunday.