Arsenal 3 West Ham United 0
( Giroud 45, Ramsey 81, Flamini 84 )

Arsenal scored three unanswered goals to comfortably see off West Ham United at the Emirates stadium. Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and substitute Mathieu Flamini were on target to record the Gunners’ eighth consecutive Premier League win, a feat last achieved in 2005. A typically robust London derby in which the Hammers early second half passage of play in particular threatened to level Giroud’s opener, but the introduction of Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck from the bench gave the Gunners another gear, which proved vital as Arsene Wenger’s side’s superior quality finally killed off the Hammers challenge.

After his winner at Old Trafford last Monday, Welbeck was rested somewhat, given a substitute’s role, where the able Cazorla and Hector Bellerin joined him. The game was only in the fifth minute when Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott. With only the Hammers’ keeper Adrian to beat, Walcott must have thought he had more time than he did, as James Collins tackle retrieved the ball. Replays showed that Collins had caught Walcott and the referee Chris Foy should’ve awarded a penalty. The lack of appeals from the Arsenal players and from Walcott in particular may have influenced Foy’s decision in a game where later, he would need replacing.

West Ham were continually defending deep in numbers, and shorn of genuine strikers, it was a predictable ploy. Calum Chambers run and cross for Sanchez fell just right for the Chilean to head, but Adrian got down well to push the ball away for a corner.

Midway through the first half and with Chambers still up front, Mathew Jarvis found himself in acres of space. His cross for Kevin Nolan was true as was the shot,which had David Ospina scrambling to save low down.

At the other end, the Gunners sprung into another attack. Chambers nipped in between two defenders to cross for Ramsey. Desperately trying to adjust his position, Ramsey clipped an effort which forced Adrian to push over the bar.

Just past the half hour mark, Ramsey fed Walcott. The England man managed to get his shot away, forcing another Adrian save, the loose ball falling safely for the Hammers with no red shorts following up.Alexis Sanchez was lively in a menacing Gunners attack. His shot after another sweeping move forced another Adrian save.

After 38 minutes, West Ham threatened when Diafra Sakho broke from deep, eventually earning a corner. From that corner, the Gunners counter attacked with some slick passes from Ozil and Sanchez, which just earned a corner. Three minutes before the break, Arsenal moved the ball and Özil’s shot was too hot to handle for Adrian. The rebound fell kindly for Walcott, but somehow he missed and open goal from five yards out.

One minute of first half time added on would bring the Gunners the opener. Another neat move and Özil found Ramsey wide right. Giroud continued his run and retrieved the ball off Ramsey’s toes before hitting a left foot rocket beyond Adrian, and in off the inside of the post for his sixth goal in seven games. The France striker showed all his strength and killer instinct in his turn and shot for the opener to the Gunners.

The Hammers began the second half in determined mood and pressed high up the pitch. Jarvis blasted over, and Ospina was caught from a later attack which saw Mark Noble strike over the bar with the Columbian keeper prone on the ground. It was a reminder that would shape Arsenal’s response.

Firstly the fourth official Anthony Taylor was obliged to take over from the injured Foy. For once the chant ” Youre not fit to referee,” rung true.

Alexis then won the ball from deep. He fed Ozil, and the German’s attempt to find Giroud was curious, given that he was better placed to take on the shot.

Welbeck came on for Sanchez on 66 minutes, and his pacy involvement with Ozil created a chance for Ramsey who shot just wide.

With 20 minutes or so remaining , Walcott made way for Cazorla. With the earlier Welbeck introduction, the game’s dynamic would change significantly in favour of Arsenal.

Welbeck combined with Cazorla from the left, but he couldn’t connect cleanly from a tight angle.

Eight minutes from time, Arsenal doubled their lead. Giroud was strong to hold the ball, then flick on to Ramsey to strike home on 81 minutes. Just four minutes later, and with Ozil having made way for Flamini, the Arsenal number 20 was well placed to latch onto Cazorla’s pass from close in for a 3-0 scoreline.

Welbeck forced another Adrian save from his header after Ramsey, Cazorla and Giroud combined, as Arsenal continued their winning streak and deservedly earn another win to stay in third place in the Premier League.