Arsenal 3 (Podolski 44, Giroud 55, Podolski 78) – 1 West Ham United (Jarvis 40)
This match seemed like a training ground game to me to be honest. The atmosphere seemed a bit calmer on the evening, with Arsenal booking their place in the final, alongside Hull City.
West Ham offered little resistance, and having confirmed their Premier League status for next season, no one would blame them either. Yes, Sam Allardyce is that really irritating manager you want to beat to pulp, with his footballistically imbecile sides in the past, and his accent, like he has gum up his throat. But, on the night, West Ham looked happy to give Arsenal 3 points, as the Gunners battle it out with Everton for 4th spot.
It was, however, Mohomad Diame, once Arsenal’s transfer target (how times have changed!) having the first shot of the game, when his shot went over. Arsenal should have however taken the lead, when Olivier Giroud, with only West Ham keeper Adrian to beat, but instead of taking it on his weaker right foot, he took a weak shot with his left, Adrian making the save.
And Arsenal paid. Former AC Milan striker Antonio Nocerino set up Ryan Jarvis for the opening goal on 40 minutes, suddenly infusing a bit of tension around the stadium. West Ham, to their credit had kept 13 clean sheets in the league prior to this game, but Lukas Podolski was having none of it. Cazorla set the German up, and it looked like a repeat of last season’s clash with West Ham, when the Hammers were taken apart 5-1 by a rampant Arsenal.
Arsenal took 10 minutes in the second half to take the lead. A beautifully lofted ball from Thomas Vermaelen fell perfectly to Giroud who scored with his weaker right foot. A Bergkamp-esque finish. If it was Messi, the social and print media would have been going gaga. But, it was poor old Giroud.
Arsenal completed the rout with another goal from Podolski, having been set up by Ramsey. 3-1 to the Arsenal!
Jai Arsenal 🙂
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