Saturday, October 6, 2012

West Ham 1 - Arsenal 3

No time for an in-depth match report today, but Arsenal did well to win this match away at West Ham. Dominating in possession, the Gunners nevertheless looked susceptible on defense. They struggled with the aerial attack of Andy Carroll, who was excellent on the day. Nevertheless, after going down 1-0, very much against the run of play, the Gunners came back strong, scoring a tying goal in the first half - Giroud's first for the club in a Premier League Game from an exquisite cross by Podolski - followed by two excellent goals in the second half, the first by Theo Walcott and the second on a beautiful strike by Santi Cazorla.

Standout players for the Gunners included the usual suspects; Cazorla and Podolski both ran their legs off, Arteta patrolled the midfield as if he owned it, and Carl Jenkinson just keeps getting better and better. But I also have to acknowledge that Theo Walcott had an excellent substitute appearance in the second half, scoring one and assisting on another. He's a great player on his day. If only he could become more consistent (but for how long have we been saying that?).

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