• West Ham drop to sixth
  • Arsenal in to Premier League top five
  • Hammers lose third home match of season
  • Allardyce anger at Song disallowed goal

Arsenal moved above West Ham in to the Premier League top five after inflicting a first home defeat on the Hammers since August.

Alex Song had a 20-yard volley ruled out for offside for the hosts.

Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Winston Reid, before Danny Welbeck put Arsenal further in front.

Cheikhou Kouyate's header gave the hosts hope but West Ham were unable to avoid a second successive defeat.

It was Arsenal's ninth win in a row in all competitions against West Ham as they moved level on points with fourth-placed Southampton and just three points behind Manchester United in third.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who opted to rest key players Song and Diafra Sakho for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day, disagreed strongly with the decision to disallow Song's goal, claiming Sakho was not in the eyeline of the goalkeeper when he was adjudged to be offside.

The Hammers had won six of their last seven league home games but, despite heavy late second-half pressure, lacked the quality needed for the leveller.

Former Arsenal man Song, on loan from Barcelona, almost made an instant impact with a low volley into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards early on. Sakho was penalised for standing in an offside position in front of goal, though, despite not touching the ball.

While Allardyce's men have exceeded expectations this season, Arsenal have had a mixed start to the campaign and they were very much on the back foot in the opening stages.

But the Gunners had failed to score in only one of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League and they were at it again before the break.

Cazorla punished Reid's high leg in the box to roll home the resulting penalty for the opener. The lead was doubled minutes later as Welbeck was on hand to slide the ball in to the net from close range after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's low cross from the right.

Stunned by the deficit, West Ham restored hope soon after the break with Kouyate bundling Sakho's cross from the right in to the net via Mathieu Debuchy.

But it was Arsenal who had the better chances, with Hammers keeper Adrian brilliantly denying Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain, before the visitors survived a late aerial bombardment.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"We had a committed and united performance. The keeper made some good saves. We knew we needed to be good in the air today.

"I didn't know why Alex Song's goal didn't stand, I thought it would. We scored a good second goal and had many opportunities to score another. It didn't come and at 2-1 I thought the last 30 minutes would be difficult.

"We did dig deep. It is down to consistency and we are slowly getting there."

West Ham's Alex Song

Alex Song had a goal ruled out for offside

Francis Coquelin arsenal

West Ham have not beaten Arsenal since 2007

Arsenal cazorla

Arsenal are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions

West Ham

West Ham had won six of their last seven Premier League home games

West Ham Cheikhou Kouyate

Cheikhou Kouyate scored his first goal for West Ham

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 17 O'Brien (Demel - 78' )
  • 05 Tomkins Booked
  • 02 Reid Booked
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 30 Song
  • 21 Amalfitano
  • 08 Kouyaté (Nolan - 78' )
  • 11 Downing
  • 09 Carroll Booked
  • 15 Sakho (E Valencia - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Nolan
  • 16 Noble
  • 19 Collins
  • 20 Demel
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 31 E Valencia

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 02 Debuchy Booked
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 18 Monreal
  • 34 Coquelin Booked
  • 20 Flamini
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Chambers - 90' )
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 23 Welbeck (Gibbs - 85' )
  • 17 Sánchez Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Gibbs
  • 09 Podolski
  • 13 Ospina
  • 14 Walcott
  • 21 Chambers
  • 28 Campbell
  • 38 Akpom
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 34,977

Match Stats

Possession

57 43

Shots

14 21

On target

4 7

Corners

7 8

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Ham United 1, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +5:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Arsenal 2.

90:00 +5:16

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

90:00 +4:30 Booking

Booking Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:27

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:27

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

90:00 +3:21

Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:21

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

90:00 +1:45

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

90:00 +1:45

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:11

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

90:00 +1:09

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Carroll.

89:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

87:09 Booking

Booking Winston Reid (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

87:02

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

85:59

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla following a fast break.

84:28

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Danny Welbeck.

83:20 Booking

Booking James Tomkins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:17

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

83:17

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:45 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:43

Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:43

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

78:58

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

78:52

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Guy Demel replaces Joey O'Brien.

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Kevin Nolan replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

76:32

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

76:02

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

75:38

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Adrián.

75:31

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

74:37

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

74:37

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:22

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

72:01

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

71:23

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

70:34

Attempt missed. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andy Carroll with a headed pass.

70:03

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:03

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

68:58

Offside, West Ham United. Morgan Amalfitano tries a through ball, but Stewart Downing is caught offside.

67:56

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:56

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

67:51

Attempt blocked. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross.

67:14

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Winston Reid.

67:11

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

66:03

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

66:03

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:32

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

64:59

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right following a fast break.

63:55

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alexandre Song with a headed pass.

62:53

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:53

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal).

62:27

Attempt saved. Winston Reid (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Enner Valencia replaces Diafra Sakho.

58:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:40

Delay in match Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) because of an injury.

56:47

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

56:15

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alexandre Song.

55:40

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

53:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 1, Arsenal 2. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by James Tomkins with a cross following a corner.

53:13

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

47:50 Booking

Booking Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

47:29

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:29

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

47:06

Attempt saved. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

45:00

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Arsenal 2.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Arsenal 2.

45:00 +1:40

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alexandre Song.

45:00 +1:33

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:50

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by James Tomkins.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Arsenal 2. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

40:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Arsenal 1. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

39:08

Penalty conceded by Winston Reid (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

39:08

Penalty Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla draws a foul in the penalty area.

37:44

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing following a set piece situation.

37:16

Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:16

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

36:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:28

Delay in match Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) because of an injury.

35:10 Booking

Booking Andy Carroll (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:02

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

35:02

Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:24

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:24

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

30:47

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

29:56

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

29:54

Attempt blocked. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey O'Brien.

25:45

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

25:45

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:01

Offside, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin tries a through ball, but Mathieu Debuchy is caught offside.

24:04

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

23:18

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

23:15

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck with a headed pass.

22:05

Alexandre Song (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:05

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

20:37

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:54

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

19:52

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Joey O'Brien with a cross following a set piece situation.

19:24

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:24

Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

18:27

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:27

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

18:03

Attempt saved. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

15:09

Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:09

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

13:54

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:54

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

13:11

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:11

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

11:15

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

11:15

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:37

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

9:39

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:39

Foul by Alexandre Song (West Ham United).

5:10

Offside, West Ham United. Alexandre Song tries a through ball, but Diafra Sakho is caught offside.

4:36

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

3:35

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

0:59

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:59

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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