West Ham 0 v Arsenal 3

Troubles in the east end of London would prove not be of any concern to a ruthless Arsenal side who stylishly despatched West Ham 3-0 at Upton Park. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has expressed sympathy with the plight of under-fire Avram Grant, but that sympathy was not to be extended onto the pitch where Robin Van Persie’s double and Theo Walcott’s tenth goal of the season were to punish the Hammers who even at this stage looked doomed for the drop.


Wenger was pleased with the win and is adamant that his side are gaining momentum. “It was a convincing win. In fact we are on a very strong run in the Premier League because we beat Chelsea, won twice 3-0 away from home and a convincing 0-0 against Man City at home. So overall we are on a strong run. I have said many times that the Premier League will be exciting and interesting until the end,” said Wenger.


Van Persie’s fitness is crucial to Arsenal and in his current mood no one comes close the the Holland striker. He holds up the ball, he has an eye for a pass and very importantly he scores goals. His double on Saturday evening bore the hallmarks of a man hitting top form. And just for good measure, he provided the assist for Walcott who dare we say is beginning to consistently show his true potential


It was Walcott’s low drive that was cleverly left by Nasri for Van Persie to slam home the opener on 13 minutes for his 50th Premiership strike that set the tone for the evening.Four minutes before the break, Arsenal doubled their advantage. Carlton Cole and Zavon Hines were making a fight of things for the home side, but Wojciech Szczesny was in no mood to be beaten. The Poland ‘keeper made an excellent reaction save from Cole as Johan Djourou’s poor back pass threatened a leveller.


However Walcott was to double the Arsenal lead, prodding in from Van Persie’s cut back to send the travelling Arsenal fans wild with delight four minutes before the break . The Gunners looked comfortable, but after a period of taking their foot off the pedal, even though Van Persie hit the post with Nasri Djourou and Walcott going close, it was to be further frustration for the Hammers as debutant Wayne Bridge scythed down the Gunners’ 14. Up stepped Van Persie to slot home from the spot on 77 minutes and complete a miserable afternoon for the home side and a deserved win nevertheless.


Arsenal have now won more games away from home than any other Premiership side and with 23 goals have netted more than any other side too.For a defence that has been in the spotlight all season, a fourth clean sheet away from home will only inspire further confidence.