Late goals help Arsenal keep pace
An own goal by West Ham defender Julien Faubert and a late clincher from Emmanuel Adebayor handed Arsenal a 2-0 win at Upton Park Sunday. Arsenal remained fourth in the Premier League but were one point behind second-place Chelsea, after their London rivals' 1-0 loss to Liverpool earlier in the day.
The Frenchman turned an Adebayor shot past his own goalkeeper after his side had looked set for a deserved point, with Faubert, a substitute, netting a second in stoppage time. West Ham's Carlton Cole was sent off.
With perhaps an eye on this coming Wednesday's derby with Tottenham Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made three changes from the side that had beaten Fenerbahce, 5-2. in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Captain William Gallas returned at the back with Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner restored as an attacking partnership. That meant Adebayor and Abou Diaby, who had both scored in Istanbul, dropping to the bench and Denilson missing out altogether.
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola made four changes after his side had lost 1-0 away to Hull the previous weekend. James Collins played for the first time following injury, Lee Bowyer made his first Premier League appearance of the campaign and Hayden Mullins started for the first time in the league as Zola also opted to bring back fellow Italian David di Michele up front.
Arsenal finally solved goalkeeper Robert Green in the 75th minute. Faubert diverting Adebayor's shot past his own goalkeeper in a panic in the 75th minute, a fate Green did not deserve. Adebayor made sure of the points by rounding Green after Bendtner had found him with a long ball. West Ham's woes were compounded when Cole was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Alexandre Song.