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Robin van Persie decides to take a short corner.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Robin van Persie takes a short corner.
Frank Nouble comes on in place of Wayne Bridge.
Andrey Arshavin comes on in place of Samir Nasri. Kieran Gibbs comes on in place of Theo Walcott.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
Neves Denilson replaces Francesc Fabregas. Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Julien Faubert crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Johan Djourou. Wayne Bridge takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie scores a penalty. West Ham 0-3 Arsenal.Foul by Wayne Bridge on Theo Walcott, Penalty awarded.
Laurent Koscielny fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Theo Walcott has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole. Julien Faubert restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Barrera is brought on as a substitute for Freddie Sears.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Zavon Hines. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wayne Bridge, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Francesc Fabregas takes a short corner.
Luis Boa Morte challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Matthew Upson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Luis Boa Morte. Direct free kick taken by Luis Boa Morte.
The referee penalises Samir Nasri for handball. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Corner taken by Wayne Bridge, Jack Wilshere makes a clearance.
Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Wayne Bridge shoots direct from the free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.
Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Zavon Hines, the ref awards a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the direct free kick.
Theo Walcott has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance by James Tomkins.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Zavon Hines takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Robert Green makes a save.
Johan Djourou takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Carlton Cole on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
Corner taken by Wayne Bridge from the left by-line, clearance by Francesc Fabregas.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.
Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Robin van Persie from inside the box bounces off the post.
Alex Song takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Luis Boa Morte restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Luis Boa Morte. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Strike from close range by Zavon Hines clears the bar.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Luis Boa Morte coming on for Mark Noble.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Francesc Fabregas goes wide left of the goal.
Julien Faubert is given a yellow card. Francesc Fabregas fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri, save made by Robert Green.
Robin van Persie gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Theo Walcott.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
Radoslav Kovac handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
The game begins.
The second half has started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Grant expects tougher survival mark
Avram Grant believes 35 points will not be enough to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League this season - but is confident of maintaining West Ham's top-flight status.
Grant insists he has the backing of the club's owners as he prepares for the vital London derby against Arsenal and says his team - who remain rock bottom of the table, yet have lost just one of their last seven matches - can stay up if everyone at Upton Park accepts the reality of their relegation struggle.
Grant said: "I believe very much in this club. But I believe we need to look in the mirror and see what we are now. We were not Barcelona in the last year and the years before.
"I don't say anything against the people in the past but our target is very clear, not to be relegated.
"I'm sure there is a very good future here at West Ham if we do the right things."
Grant, who has been under intense pressure over the past two months with Martin O'Neill linked with the job at Upton Park, says he retains a strong working relationship with the club's joint owners, David Gold and David Sullivan.
Nevertheless, failure to take anything out of the next two tough games against Arsenal and Everton could see him jettisoned before the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Birmingham.
Grant said: "We were speaking about the situation and David Gold was very supportive, in the last game David Sullivan and I were speaking about players to make the squad stronger. We are busy about this."
Wayne Bridge is likely to make his debut at left-back against Arsenal after his loan signing from Manchester City.
And Grant is confident of adding two or three more players to his squad before the January transfer window closes.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger accepts football is very much a confidence game - but has every belief Arsenal can deliver the required performance to bounce back from their midweek Carling Cup horror show with victory at Upton Park.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits the Blues have not shown the same drive on the field as last season, while new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish acknowledges his squad are certainly in need of a lift of self-esteem following another disappointing result at Blackpool.
Wenger openly admits the Gunners were well below par as they went down 1-0 at npower Championship strugglers Ipswich on Wednesday night, despite having selected a strong side.
And while Arsenal still have the second leg at Emirates Stadium in a fortnight to turn the tie around and stay on course for Wembley, there will little room for error at Upton Park if they are to keep up with Premier League leaders Manchester United.
"You think we are all arrogant, confident people, but when you do not have success for a while, the doubt creeps in quickly. It is about belief," Wenger said.
"Kenny Dalglish has been in football all his life, and if he speaks about that, it is really the truth."
Wenger continued: "We have belief, yes.
"We are on a good run in the Premier League, we believe in our strengths, that is why it is always important to respond strongly to disappointments."
The Gunners could reduce the gap at the top down to two points again, as United are not in action until Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tottenham.
Wenger will not settle for another "off night" at Upton Park.
"We are of course sorry [for defeat at Ipswich] and we want to put things right in the second leg. We had a completely average performance," he said.
"If you play like that at West Ham you will lose. We will not play like that at West Ham and we want to win at West Ham.
"What is important for us is we go to West Ham and expect them to be up for it and for us to be prepared mentally.
"It is a Premier League game and is a derby, this season the Premier League has been very tight in every game and so we expect us to be completely produce a top-level performance to win the game, that is what we want to achieve."
Arsenal will be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) for the trip, with Wojciech Szczesny again deputising.
Centre-back Sebastien Squillaci (hamstring) is also out and right-back Bacary Sagna serves the last of his three-match ban.
Denilson has recovered from a thigh problem, while both Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri return to the squad having been rested for the Ipswich defeat.
Midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) remain out.
All eyes on Grant as Hammers are hit
Avram Grant's reign as West Ham manager looks set to have ended in defeat as Arsenal romped to a 3-0 win at Upton Park.
The Irons boss was widely expected to lose his job with the club, regardless of the result, with Martin O'Neill ready to step in to try to retain their Barclays Premier League status.
Arsenal, who moved to within two points of top spot, showed the Israeli's team no mercy as goals from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott put them in command at half-time, before the Dutchman wrapped things up with a penalty on 77 minutes.
Despite guiding the east London club into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, where they beat Birmingham here in midweek to move within 90 minutes of Wembley, the patience of owners David Gold and David Sullivan - who only appointed Grant during the summer - appears to have run out.
While the club were officially making no comment, Grant's public spat with vice-chairman Karren Brady over the collapse of Steve Sidwell's proposed transfer appeared to have brought matters to a head.
Arsenal, meanwhile, finally produced a complete passing display to bounce back from the disappointment of their midweek cup defeat at Ipswich as they remain very much in the hunt for the title.
All cameras were trained on Grant as, after a quick exchange of words and handshake with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, he took to the home dugout.
There was some sense of irony that Grant's likely departure came at a time when West Ham were actually showing some form, having lost just twice in their previous seven games.
Nevertheless, the Irons remain bottom and they fell behind on 13 minutes when Samir Nasri, back in the starting XI, produced a clever step over from Walcott's cross - which van Persie despatched into the right corner from 12 yards.
West Ham full-back Julien Faubert was then lucky to get away with only yellow card from referee Andre Marriner for jumping in two-footed on Fabregas out on the far touchline, which left Wenger less than impressed.
Walcott shot tamely at goalkeeper Robert Green before West Ham replaced Mark Noble, who had just come back from a spell on the sidelines after a hip problem, with former Gunner Luis Boa Morte.
There was a let-off for Arsenal when Johan Djourou's backpass was too short and Carlton Cole darted in on goal - but stand-in keeper Wojciech Szczesny made a fine block and Hines smashed the rebound over from a tight angle.
Van Persie was within inches of making it 2-0 when Arsenal broke quickly through Nasri and his first-time pass into the left of the penalty area was crashed against the base of the upright by the Dutchman.
West Ham were in danger of being overrun and they doubled their lead five minutes before the break.
Van Persie latched onto Fabregas' ball down the left side of the box, which the Dutchman pulled back from the goalline to the centre, where Walcott crashed it into the roof of the net.
Chants of `You're getting sacked in a hour' rang out from the away end as Grant stood at the edge of his technical area, hands in pockets.
It was more one-way traffic at the start of the second half, Van Persie testing Green at his near post and then firing over from 20 yards.
However, Szczesny had to be alert to tip away Freddie Sears' angled drive, which looked set for the top corner after a quick break.
Wayne Bridge, making his debut on loan from Manchester City, tripped Walcott as the England winger nipped into the penalty area. Marriner pointed to the spot on 77 minutes and Van Persie slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to seal the victory.
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