West Ham United 1 Arsenal 3

Arsenal recovered from going a goal behind at Upton Park to not only recover, but convincingly beat West Ham United. Having enjoyed the majority of the early possession, the Gunners were undone by Mohammed Diame’s arrowing strike. Arsenal saw several chances go begging, but Olivier Giroud got his first Arsenal Premiership goal to level with a strikers finish. Substitute Theo Walcott added weight for his argument for a central role with a precise finish to give the Gunners a 2-1 lead, before the irrepressible Santi Cazorla struck a stunning third seven minutes before time.

The win enables Arsenal to climb to fifth position, and coming on the back of last Saturday’s London derby reverse, demonstrates in abundance the spirit in Arsene Wenger’s side. The midweek Champions League victory over Olympiacos would have been a well timed boost, but the win at Upton Park puts the Gunners’ Premiership ambitions back on track.

Arsenal started brightly with Cazorla and Arteta pulling the strings. Lukas Podolski has shown his goal scoring prowess but his defensive duties were not being neglected here. Giroud had a couple of early sighters, which Jussi Jaaskelainen saved with the other being blocked by Andy Caroll. Despite their control, however Arsenal were undone midway through the first half. Diame’s got in between Carl Jenkisnon and Aaron Ramsey to beat Vito Mannone. Arsenal continued to press and four minutes before the break they were level.

Arteta won possession, Cazorla was involved with the ball finding Podolski at pace. His whipped cross was perfectly met by Giroud’s left boot for a well taken striker’s finish. In his ninth Premiership game the France striker scored,coincidentally the same number of games it took a certain Thierry Henry to open his account.

Wenger brought on Walcott for Gervinho just past the hour mark and his pace and central positioning gave Arsenal the lead. Cazorla fed Giroud and his weighted pass fell just perfectly for Walcott to race onto and beat Jaaskelainen at his near post for a fine finish.

The Hammers still came forwards and saw Kevin Nolan and Carrol go close, but seven minutes before the end, Arsenal extended their lead. Walcott won the ball and slipped it to Cazorla. From twenty yards out, the Spain midfielder took aim and let fly with a sumptuous strike for his second Premiership goal, that here gave Jaaskelainen no chance.

This impressive Arsenal side will take huge confidence from the win over West Ham, the result was by no means a forgone conclusion. It says much about the Gunners Premiership aspirations, which despite the odd setback, continue to tick over just nicely.