Arsenal 3-1 West Ham


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A Lukas Podolski double helped Arsenal regain fourth spot in the Premier League as the Gunners came from behind to defeat West Ham at the Emirates.

The victory moves Arsene Wenger’s side back into the Champions League positions, and puts pressure on Everton to reply in kind against Crystal Palace tomorrow night.

Matt Jarvis’ close-range opener was cancelled out by Podolski and Olivier Giroud strikes either side of half-time, and the former completed the win in the 78th minute.

West Ham have now lost their past four consecutive matches against Arsenal having taken the lead, and remain seven places and seven points above the drop zone.

Arsenal carried the weight of a side whose season was teetering on the brink around Saturday tea-time in a subdued opening half in which Mohamed Diame had the clearest chance. Five minutes before the interval, they were behind.

Antonio Nocerino’s run was not tracked by Kim Kallstrom and when the Italian’s initial effort was smothered by Wojciech Sczcesny, Jarvis finished the rebound.

The hosts were not behind for long. Four minutes later, Stewart Downing’s slack clearance fell to Cazorla and the Spaniard’s disguised pass was dispatched by Podolski.

Arsenal only had to wait nine minutes after the interval to complete the turnaround. A long ball from Thomas Vermaelen was taken down by Giroud and blasted through the legs of Adrian, for his 20th strike of the campaign.

The impressive Cazorla came within whiskers of putting the game to bed with a long-range effort, but Podolski ensured the points stayed in North London, as he picked up the returning Aaron Ramsey’s cushioned header to lash the ball past the hapless Adrian.

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