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Francesc Fabregas challenges Manuel da Costa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Valon Behrami goes off and Pablo Barrera comes on. Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Boa Morte. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Emmanuel Eboue replaces Marouane Chamakh.
Alex Song grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Gael Clichy.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Julien Faubert coming on for Victor Obinna.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Marouane Chamakh is booked. Manuel da Costa fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Lars Jacobsen restarts play with the free kick.
Sebastien Squillaci fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Andrey Arshavin leaves the field to be replaced by Nicklas Bendtner.
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right channel, Sebastien Squillaci makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Francesc Fabregas takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Carlton Cole.
Effort from just outside the box by Francesc Fabregas goes over the bar.
Carlton Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Frederic Piquionne. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Valon Behrami. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box and strikes the post.
Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Obinna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Free kick taken by Theo Walcott.
Theo Walcott is brought on as a substitute for Neves Denilson. Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Marouane Chamakh. Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
The referee gives a free kick against Frederic Piquionne for handball. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Scott Parker goes wide right of the target.
Foul by Neves Denilson on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded. Manuel da Costa restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Manuel da Costa makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
Valon Behrami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel, save made by Robert Green.
The referee blows for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Luis Boa Morte. Daniel Gabbidon restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Boa Morte receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Luis Boa Morte concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Samir Nasri produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick,
Effort from inside the area by Andrey Arshavin misses to the right of the goal.
Marouane Chamakh fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Victor Obinna. Free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
Andrey Arshavin takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lars Jacobsen.
Scott Parker challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri, Lars Jacobsen makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, save by Robert Green.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Sebastien Squillaci takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Alex Song takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Neves Denilson fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Alex Song. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Frederic Piquionne. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
Laurent Koscielny challenges Manuel da Costa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Luis Boa Morte results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Lars Jacobsen. Free kick crossed left-footed by Victor Obinna from right wing.
Mark Noble takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Herita Ilunga concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrey Arshavin. Centre by Samir Nasri, Effort from the edge of the area by Alex Song goes wide of the right-hand post.
Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Marouane Chamakh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Francesc Fabregas.
Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Noble.
The referee books Alex Song for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Valon Behrami. Direct free kick taken by Lars Jacobsen.
Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Robert Green makes a brilliant save.
Herita Ilunga booked for unsporting behaviour.
Luis Boa Morte has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Laurent Koscielny. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Laurent Koscielny. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Victor Obinna from right wing.
Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Herita Ilunga results in a free kick. Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Alex Song goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Andrey Arshavin.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Luis Boa Morte results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Boa Morte. Sebastien Squillaci takes the indirect free kick.
Lars Jacobsen takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Mark Noble produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Manuel da Costa challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Luis Boa Morte. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel da Costa on Marouane Chamakh. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Herita Ilunga on Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
The referee gets the match started.
The second half has started.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Gibbs out for Gunners
Arsenal will be without left-back Kieran Gibbs for the visit of Barclays Premier League bottom club West Ham after the England defender suffered knee ligament damage in the Carling Cup win at Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow), defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) are still not yet match fit, while Jack Wilshere serves the last of his three-match ban.
Long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie are scheduled to return to full training at the end of next week.
Ahead of the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted it was simpler when a player was just ruled offside, but feels English officials are doing the best they can to deal with the interpretations of difficult new FIFA guidelines.
The Gunners benefited from a controversial decision during their 4-0 Carling Cup win at Newcastle in midweek, Theo Walcott being allowed to go on and score despite Nicklas Bendtner appearing to come from an offside position and block defender Mike Williamson.
Both Tottenham and Everton also saw dubious goals allowed in their respective Barclays Premier League games with Fulham and Everton.
Wenger accepts the directives on when a player is active or not have added to the already testing job for referees and their assistants.
"It was easier for the referee certainly, but I must say to their credit the linesmen have improved tremendously in England to judge the offside," the Arsenal manager said.
"I see many games in Europe and I think they get it right in England more than anywhere else."
Wenger continued: "It is very difficult to interpret because you are offside if one part of the body you can score with is offside and that's not always very easy to see.
"Sometimes it is the second part of the action, when the guy can take part of his initial offside position away and that looks a little unjust.
"The rule is you judge the situation when the ball is played so that means phase two is again phase one because you judge again when the ball is played - so phase two does basically not exist.
"That is why sometimes you can feel that a guy takes advantage of his offside position.
"The only thing sometimes I am not happy with is that if a guy who is central is 10 yards offside and he scores a goal from a first touch after a cross from the wing, you should maybe consider that is a bit unfair."
West Ham captain Matthew Upson looks certain to miss out with a hamstring injury he received against Newcastle last week.
Upson has had intensive treatment this week but manager Avram Grant admitted he was reluctant to risk the defender.
Striker Frederic Piquionne is also doubtful with a leg injury but Grant reported no other major worries although he admitted his squad were "tired" after their Carling Cup victory against Stoke.
Grant insists his West Ham side can conquer their fear and start climbing the table.
Winger Valon Behrami admitted this week that his team-mates were "a little bit scared" when they took to the field after having taken just six points from their first nine matches.
But Grant believes the trip across London to take on Arsenal is the perfect stage to strip out any psychological problems.
He said: "It is good that Behrami was very honest. Maybe some people are scared. When I was in top teams (Chelsea) I saw that they were scared to lose the semi-final of the Champions League.
"It is not so negative, it does not need to affect you on the pitch. If you can do your job on the pitch that is important. I don't think any team at the bottom or the top go on to the pitch thinking they can win without any fear. We had zero points after four games. We had reason to feel fear and maybe some did feel it. But we are trying to build a winning mentality. You need to have the desire to win every game."
Song breaks Hammers resistence
Alex Song's late header gave Barclays Premier League title chasers Arsenal a narrow 1-0 victory over West Ham to deny the bottom club a deserved point at Emirates Stadium.
Robert Green had pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the Gunners at bay.
However, with just two minutes left, Song dived to head home Gael Clichy's cross as Arsene Wenger's improving side kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal had plenty of momentum going into this afternoon's game after following up impressive Champions League performances with victory at Manchester City and marching into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
However, Wenger had warned against complacency, with the Irons looking to battle their way clear of the relegation zone.
Arsenal started brightly, with Andrey Arshavin put away down the left a couple of times, but the Russian was unable to make the most of the openings.
On nine minutes, Song tripped Frederic Piquionne conceding a free-kick on the left, which Scott Parker - so impressive during the Hammers' Carling Cup win over Stoke - whipped in and Lukasz Fabianski punched clear.
At the other end, Arshavin's deflected cross flew through the West Ham six-yard box before Song sent a bullet header over.
Piquionne burst clear down the right wing, but then after getting to the box, the former Portsmouth frontman seemed to run out of ideas and Arsenal cleared before former Gunner Luis Boa Morte drove a 20-yard effort over.
Bacary Sagna arrived on the end of Song's through pass to pull the ball back for Cesc Fabregas, who swept it goalwards, but Green produced a superb reflex save to deny the Arsenal captain.
West Ham remained positive, though, as Mark Noble ran at the Arsenal defence, and his 22-yard strike was straight at Fabianski.
Gunners fans were starting to get restless as half-time approached, with West Ham continuing to frustrated the home side.
Green again denied Arsenal when he kept out Song's angled drive and from the resulting corner, the often-criticised England keeper flicked over Sebastien Squillaci's looping header.
The hefty challenges continued in the second half, this time Parker on Denilson, taking the legs of the Arsenal midfielder as he followed through, but again there was no action from the referee.
Arshavin broke clear down the left and darted to the edge of the West Ham penalty area, but dragged his low shot wide.
Boa Morte was cautioned for pushing over Denilson as the Brazilian charged forwards.
From the resulting free-kick, around 35 yards out, Samir Nasri crashed the ball against the crossbar, with Green beaten.
The Emirates Stadium faithful upped the tempo as Arsenal went on the offensive.
After a goalmouth scramble, play was held up to allow Parker treatment as he had been struck in the face by Fabregas' shot.
Arshavin then went tumbling as Manuel Da Costa looked to have tugged his arm, but the referee waved away penalty appeals.
With 23 minutes left, Wenger turned to Theo Walcott as the England man, who had scored twice in the midweek Carling Cup win at Newcastle, replaced Denilson
Chamakh got on the end of Arshavin's free-kick into the box, but could not guide the ball either side of Green.
Fabregas sent Walcott away down the right, and he dashed into the area, before sliding the ball under Green - only for it to come back off the inside of the far post and bounce to the grateful Hammers keeper.
Green again came to the Hammers rescue when he saved Walcott's deflected effort before then keeping out Fabregas' snapshot as the Gunners pressed for a late winner.
However, the Irons keeper was finally beaten with just two minutes left when Song headed in Clichy's cross at the far post as Arsenal took all three points.
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