Arsenal needed to start better than the last two games, and Ramsey and Podolski showed that the Arsenal team was fired up. The German chased down a lost cause and Ramsey flew into a full blooded challenge in the first few minutes. Collison should have been booked for a bad challenge on Wilshere, but the referee was lenient on both occasions.
The front players were starting to link up well and cause West Ham problems, and Wilshere and Walcott nearly fashioned an opening goal after 13 minutes. Podolski then went on a powerful driving run but couldn’t find Walcott. West Ham, as expected, were looking dangerous from set pieces and Arsenal conceded another goal from a corner when Giroud’s clearing header fell to an unmarked Collison on the edge of the area and he fired it in.
Arsenal were behind again, but they were playing much better than in recent games, and Podolski levelled the scores soon after with a thunderbolt. Arsenal got better as the half wore on and had West Ham chasing shadows. A brilliant move nearly led to a perfect goal but the ball feel to Podolski’s wrong foot and he could not quite stretch enough to score. All square at halftime.
Arsenal ran riot in the second half, and showed just how good they can be. Sam Allardyce had spoken about Arsenal’s strikers in the build up to the game and probably wishes he had kept his big mouth shut. Giroud put the Gunners ahead minutes after the restart, closely followed by more from Walcott, Cazorla and another from the Frenchman.
Santos came on for Podolski with 20 minutes left and the German had been simply awesome, his best game for Arsenal by far. Giroud didn’t get chance to complete his hat-trick as he was replaced by the Ox. There was an 11 minute delay as Danny Potts received medical treatment on the pitch, so it was no surprise that the game lost impetus afterwards.
A great win and a timely confidence boost ahead of the FA cup tie at Brighton.