Arsenal took on West Ham at the Emirates stadium on Wednesday night as the gunners thrashed the hammers by five goals to one on a night filled with goals and memories for thousands of proud gunner’s supporters.
Having won the previous five meetings against the hammers, Arsenal looked confident for a sixth victory against their London rivals.
Arsenal went down early on the eighteenth minute, from a corner which was poorly dealt with by Giroud, allowing Collison to blast home a sizzling strike from the edge of the box.
It took the gunners only four minutes to respond as Podolski came back with a long-range effort of his own. The Germany international pounced on a clever pass from Jack Wilshere to hammer the ball into the net from 25 yards, leveling the score 22 minutes in.
Olivier Giroud put the gunners ahead within two minutes of the second half with his first of the night, connecting a corner with a precise left-footed shot to leave Jaaskelainen with no chance.
That strike triggered an Arsenal ambush that spanned 10 exhilarating minutes. Cazorla followed up Giroud’s goal as he skillfully back heeled it from close range after a lovely one-two between Giroud and Podolski on the 53rd minute.
The Polish born German international was again involved as he charged down the right to feed on form Theo Walcott with a pinpoint cross and the winger made no mistake making it 4-1 just a minute after Cazorlas goal.
Olivier Giroud added his second after some more good work from the hardworking Podolski, once again released by Wilshere in midfield, as he poked home the winger’s cross to leave West Ham floundering at 5-1 down after 57 minutes.
Arsenal, however, could not recapture their goal scoring sparkle in the early minutes of the second half but they continued to look comfortable as 12 minutes of stoppage time were added as a result of a serious injury for West Ham player Potts.
Season ticket holder and long life Arsenal supporter Jason said:’’ Tonight was absolutely unbelievable, a different team went out on the pitch in the second half and they played superb, it kind of reminded me of the good old invincible days, that was the Arsenal we know and love’’.
Matt Williams who is another proud Arsenal supporter added:’’ What we saw tonight was truly amazing, they showed a lot of character and I hope that this is not one of those matches that keep deceiving Arsene Wenger and his profit minded Board’’. We need a few good signings if we want to keep performing like this tonight and more importantly to finally win a trophy after eight long years’’.
The gunner’s last trophy dates back in 2005 where they won the FA cup against Man United becoming the first club to win the Cup on penalties.