Arsenal took little time in asserting themselves on their opposition with Denilson putting the Emirates side ahead inside five minutes when the Brazilian put away one of his clinical mid range efforts past Robert Green. It was just the start the north London side needed to help steady nerves in a game they badly needed to in order to keep the pressure on fellow title chasers Chelsea and Manchester United.
However just before the break Thomas Vermaelen crudely brought down Guillermo Franco in the box and the Belgian centre back was given a straight red. Manuel Almunia was on hand to save brilliantly from Alessandro Diamanti’s spot kick and hence went some way to proving his doubters wrong.
The Hammers continued to keep up with the home side but couldn’t level matters and Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas put away a penalty with seven minutes left on the clock to seal the win for the Emirates side. The win, Arsenal’s sixth in a row, puts them top of the Premier League albeit with both their competitors having games in hand.
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United (Denilson)
Thomas Vermaelen Sent Off Manuel Almunia Saves Diamanti’s Spot Kick
Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United (Fabregas)