Saturday, January 15, 2011

West Ham 0 - Arsenal 3

The Gunners put their mid-week, Carling Cup woes behind them, winner at West Ham 3-0. Arsene Wenger fielded his strongest available side against a West Ham team that is struggling to avoid relegation. The Gunners were hitting on all cylinders throughout the match, holding possession for nearly two-thirds of the 90 minutes. Their movement and passing were quick and incisive throughout the match. Robin Van Persie, who is rounding into good form after his long injury layoff, scored twice, the second after Theo Walcott earned a penalty. Walcott added the third goal. The defense was generally solid, except for a couple of misplays by the usually reliable Johan Djourou.

When Arsenal are on song like they were today, it becomes all the more difficult to understand how their poor display at Ipswich this past Wednesday. They have the goods to be champions. What they have lacked so far is the consistency and, sometimes, the killer instinct.    

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