Arsenal v West ham match report


Match report from Hammers fan Nigel Kahn who went to the Emirates last night with the West Ham away faithful.

As with most games watching West Ham, they draw you in to the belief that they can do it, but then they just cant see it through. A game that in a way resembled last season’s visit to the Emirates, West Ham’s defeat to Arsenal left me wondering why we get ourselves into good positions but then fail to see it through, much of our play in the first half was assured and was a mixture of passing around, then balls into the wide areas, when we didn’t have the ball we pressed Arsenal and took a lead that was not un-deserved through Jarvis who was having one of his better games, after good work from the improving Noccerino who slotted in well to the midfield role given to him by Nolan’s absence.

The Italian in his best game for the hammers showed a glimpse of being a good signing if he gets the chance to repeat his performance in some of the remaining games. Yet perhaps mainly Andy Carroll, who was well marshaled by Mertesacker, missed Nolan’s absence more as there was a visible gap between him and our midfielders. With our lead only lasting a few minutes it was perhaps inevitable the result, especially for those having witnessed last seasons second half surrender, and Arsenal wasted no time in taking the lead, soon into the second half, Giroud with his 4th game in 4 against the Hammers before Podolski’s second rounding off the defeat.

As we trudged away, following the full moon East, we were left again to wonder that why Downing didn’t try and hoof it out instead of playing it about at the back, gifting Arsenal a quick equaliser, after all we are a hoof team are we not. A good enough performance spoilt by the result. Noccerino man of the match.


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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called A Blogger on a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at,

I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh.

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