Top 5 Wins At West Ham

Over the years, we've shared some classic moments with West Ham United. Thierry Henry's rocket in 2002; Arsenal coming back from 3-0 in 2021 during the pandemic to clinch a point; and even the 3-3 draw in the last season at the Boleyn Ground. It's that time in the week though where we delve through the archives and pick out five of our best wins. This time, we're looking at games that took place a either Upton Park or The London Stadium. 

Eduardo Clinches Cup Victory

If Arsenal had arrived at Upton Park for their FA Cup tie hoping for a routine route to the next round, they needed to think again back in 2010. 

Arsene Wenger had made a host of changes to his starting XI, with fringe players including the likes of a Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Carlos Vela and Fran Merida given the opportunity to impress. However, it was the Irons who took the lead on the stroke of half time through Alessandro Diamanti. 

The Gunners stepped up through the gears in the second half and following the introduction of Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri, looked to assert themselves in the final quarter of the game. After a prolonged spell of pressure, Aaron Ramsey netted the equaliser with a smart left-footed finish following some intricate passing on the edge of the box. 

Eduardo clinched the tie for Arsenal just four minutes later. Vela collected the ball on the left-hand side, before whipping a delightful cross for the Croatian to attack. The ball looped into the top corner to send the travelling supporters congregated behind the goal into raptures and clinch a place in the next round.  

Glorious Giroud

October 2012 saw a new-look Arsenal strike force start to click, with Olivier Giroud finally getting off the mark in the league. Arsenal were still recovering following the loss of Robin van Persie in the summer to Manchester United, with Giroud particularly struggling for confidence and form. 

Mohamed Diame had given the hosts the lead in the 21st minute, despite The Gunners dominating the opening exchanges. Just before the break, Giroud finally hit the mark to level things for Arsenal. The ball found its way out to Lukas Podolski before his cross was turned in by Giroud at the near post. 

Midway through the second half and Giroud turned provider. Playing in substitute Theo Walcott, the Englishman composed himself before slotting calmly past Jussi Jaaskelainen to put Arsenal 2-1 up. Santi Cazrola then added the gloss to an impressive away performance from Arsene Wenger's men, rifling in an unstoppable left-footed drive into the top corner. 

Sanchez Treble Caps Five-Star Performance

Alexis Sanchez scored a superb hat-trick as Arsenal's star quality proved too much for the Irons in 2016. 

The Gunners took the lead midway through the first half, as Sanchez provided the pass for Mesut Ozil to tap home. The hosts threatened to upset the party, but in the 72nd minute, Sanchez produced a moment of individual brilliance to spin past the full-back before accelerating into the box and doubling the advantage from a tight angle.

Eight minutes later and the Chilean was at it again, this time swivelling and hitting a half volley into the far corner. Andy Carroll pulled one back to offer the hosts some brief hope, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain swept home a fourth. Sanchez then put the icing on the cake to clinch his hat-trick. Sanchez survived the offside claims and strode forward to dummy and then chip the ball over the advancing Darren Randolph. 5-1 to the Arsenal and a magnificent individual performance from Alexis Sanchez.  

Martinelli On The Scene

In 2019, Arsenal were in turmoil. Freddie Ljungberg was in interim charge of the club following the sacking of Unai Emery, but Arsenal were without a win in nine games. 

It looked as if this record would extend to ten games; the last time Arsenal went that many games without a win being back in 1977. Angelo Ogbonna's deflected effort put the hosts into the lead, but a nine-minute triple salvo had The Gunners in complete control in the second half. 

Gabriel Martinelli, making his first Premier League start, grabbed a crucial equaliser on the hour mark. Sead Kolasinac found space on the left-hand side and his cut-back found the Brazilian, who steered a first-time effort into the bottom corner. Six minutes later and Arsenal were in front. Nicolas Pepe, cutting onto his favoured left-foot, curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner of David Martin's net. 

The flurry of goals continued three minutes later, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang applying the finishing touch to confirm a much-needed three points for Arsenal.  

Holding Sets Arsenal on Their Way

Arsenal continued their push for a top-four finish in May 2022 with a 2-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium. 

The visitors took the lead following a corner routine that saw Rob Holding rise highest to score his first Premier League goal for the club. West Ham hit back through Jarrod Bowen on the stroke of half time. 

The Gunners restored their lead in the 54th minute, peeling off at the far post after Gabriel Martinelli had recycled another corner. The set pieces proved enough for Arsenal to claim all three points and climb back into the top four.