Arsenal 3 West Ham United 0

Arsenal earned their seventh win in last eight games as they stay in 3rd and just a point behind 2nd place Manchester United after last night’s win at home against West Ham United. The Gunners warmed up for their crucial Champions League second-leg tie at Monaco on Tuesday with a 10th successive win over West Ham. Arsenal dominated the first half before Olivier Giroud smashed in an angled drive just before half-time. Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis came close to scoring for the Hammers. But late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini earned a win which puts Arsenal a point behind second-placed Manchester City.

City’s 1-0 defeat by Burnley came after a convincing performance from Arsene Wenger’s side, who will be aiming to overturn a 3-1 deficit in France next week. Until the strikes from Ramsey and Flamini, West Ham looked like they might build up a period of sustained pressure, but the introduction of Santi Cazorla helped earn Arsenal a seventh win in their last eight games. The opportunities arrived as early as the fifth minute when the Gunners had a strong penalty appeal waved away by referee Chris Foy after James Collins bundled over Arsenal forward Theo Walcott. Walcott, in for injured winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, showed some rustiness when presented with further opportunities in what was only his third Premier League start of the season.

The home crowd began to grow frustrated but they went into the break lifted by Giroud’s goal as the French striker finished another neat interchange by crashing his shot in off the far post. It was his sixth goal in seven games. Giroud played his part in the second goal as he set up Ramsey following a throw-in, with Flamini adding the gloss from close-range with his first touch.

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