While not the fiercest of London derbies, games between Arsenal and West Ham United at Highbury or the Emirates Stadium have delivered their fair share of talking points. Ahead of their meeting on Saturday, here is a look back:
Arsenal’s top four hopes were in severe jeopardy when Matt Jarvis gave West Ham the lead five minutes before half-time when heading in from close range. But the lead did not last long as Lukas Podolski equalised with a neat turn and shot.
A powerful effort from Olivier Giroud then put the hosts ahead 10 minutes after the interval, and after Santi Cazorla had seen a shot flash inches wide, Podolski sealed victory when he smashed the ball past Adrian after being set up by Aaron Ramsey.
West Ham were the final visiting team to take all three points away from Highbury, and they were helped by some poor Arsenal defending throughout this 3-2 victory in February 2006. A mistake from Sol Campbell allowed Nigel Reo-Coker to net the opener, and the Hammers were given breathing room through Bobby Zamora’s strike after 32 minutes.
Thierry Henry pulled one back for the Gunners shortly before half time, but just when their second half pressure was threatening an equaliser, Matthew Etherington caught Arsenal on the counter-attack, ensuring Robert Pires’ late strike was scant consolation.
Best Individual Performance
The men from Upton Park were not only the last club to take maximum points from Highbury, but they were also the first to triumph at the Emirates Stadium. It was in April 2007, and Bobby Zamora got the only goal, but the Hammers were indebted to the heroics of goalkeeper Robert Green. The England international made save after save to preserve what was a massive win in West Ham’s fight against relegation.
Most Emphatic Victory
An amazing start to the second half saw Arsenal run out comfortable 5-1 winners back in January 2013, with Olivier Giroud scoring twice. Jack Collison stunned the hosts by giving West Ham the lead on 18 minutes, but it did not take long for Lukasz Podolski to fire a superb 25-yard shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen to level matters.
Whatever Arsene Wenger said at half time made the perfect impact, as Arsenal scored four times in the first 12 minutes of the second half to put the game well and truly beyond the Hammers. Podolski was the main architect, setting up Giroud for both his strikes as well as Santi Cazorla’s stylish back-heel. Theo Walcott was also on the score-sheet.
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