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    Arsenal vs WHUFC -- March 7th, 2020

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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 12:02 am

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    so we're all set for the morrow...

    another must-win game... this time against the Arse. And how's our record against the Arse?

    Well it ain't great...

    West Ham have won just one of the past eight Premier League meetings (D2, L5).

    Arsenal have earned four successive home victories against West Ham in all competitions, and won eight of their last nine in the Premier League.

    West Ham have lost 30 Premier League matches against the Gunners, more than they have against any other side.

    West Ham have lost four of their past six Premier League games but did win against Southampton last time out.

    They have the worst form in the division over the past eight matches.

    West Ham have lost 22 points from a winning position this campaign, five more than any other club.

    The Hammers have a point fewer than they did at this stage in 2010-11, the most recent season in which they were relegated.

    Each of Sebastien Haller's 31 goals in the major European leagues has been scored inside the penalty area (seven for West Ham and 24 for Eintracht Frankfurt).

    David Moyes hasn't won any of his 15 Premier League away games against Arsenal (D4, L11). No manager in Premier League history has ever gone more away fixtures against one team without winning.
    (who the fupp would hire someone with credentials like that???? oh yeah...)

    so that's all well and good...
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    Post  Arran on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 6:46 am

    50/50 on this fixture to be honest.We`re more then capable of beating this Arsenal side for sure with the right attidude going into the game but this is West Ham we`re talking about. I`d like us to stick with the team that played last weekend - I believe our front 3 could cause alot of problems for Arsenal`s defence.

    Fabianski
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    Diop
    Ogbonna
    Cresswell
    Rice
    Noble(C)
    Fornals
    Antonio
    Bowen
    Haller
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:00 pm


    ding ding ding... lookalike Arran gets the prize for correctly guessing today''s line-up

    Players are walking out onto the pitch.

    A slightly grey morning here in Los Angeles

    Liverpool have already done us a favor by squeaking a victory over Bournemouth

    So it's all in our hands, right?

    We're kicking off in our dark away strip playing right to left.

    Game on
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:02 pm


    ooh shit...

    Bowen jumps on a poor clearance from the Arsenal keeper.. his long range shot quirks under the dude but hits the post.

    Corner to WHUFC.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:03 pm


    the corner ends up with.... Fabianski.

    Nt a word of a lie... not our best.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:04 pm


    okay... the ball didn't squirm iunder the keeper's, the replay shows he clearly 'saved' it onto the post... hence the corner...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:06 pm


    just over 5 minutes got and Arsenal have settled a bit, been pretty much all one way since our opening foray...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:07 pm


    fortunately Arsenal's defense looks as shaky as ours usually does, so there's definitely hope in this game.

    We just gotta keep them at bay in front of our goal.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:09 pm


    Fornals gets a yellow for tripping from behind.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:12 pm


    now that's how you play two up front...

    Antonio has the ball and charges into the ara... on the other side, Haller keeps pace with him, completely misreads Antonio's intonations (I'm being kind here) and the ball from Antonio flies good three yards behind Haller who would (shuld) have been in a perfect scoring opportunity... and Arsenal clear easily...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:13 pm


    bit of scrappy but effective defending keeps the Gooners away...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:16 pm


    with all Prem games at 0-0, we're currently 1 point clear of Bournemouth in the relegation zone...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:19 pm


    long throw from action almost does some damage...

    Fornals can't get through the sea of players...

    Haller runs on goal but never looks like having control of the ball and the keeper bringing him down results in a corner which almost dips in the top far corner (from Noble) but doesn't.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:21 pm


    Arsenal play the ball out form the back and give it away to us before they even get to the halfway line.

    There's still a good chance they'll beat us but this looks like the worst Arsenal team I can remember watching...
    they play like we do - and that's not a compliment.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:22 pm


    but they're still dangerous and a spell of pressure sees the ball ping off the crossbar...

    lucky escape for us there.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:23 pm


    powerhouse Antonio wins a corner right on the edge of the Arsenal box as we approach halfway thru the half.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:24 pm


    Cresswell's kick is speedy but high...

    ugh... note to TV peeps... stop cutting to pictures of M*yes... no one cares about him.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:31 pm


    29 minutes, corner to us...

    Diop and everyone is up...


    Arsenal get to it first, Bowen picks up the header, plays it out for a weak as shit ball in from Rice...

    ultimately get nothing from it....
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:32 pm


    Now Arsenal have a corner...

    things are hotting up around the league...

    Palace have taken the lead against Watford... Southampton have had a player red carded...

    We deal with the Arsenal corner pretty well - it's hardy the 'beautiful game' style stuff... but we need results not points for style.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:36 pm


    almost catastrophe thee...

    Fabianski collects an Arsenal corner but he's off balance as he tries to run out and play a quick ball out... Arsenal players are in his way and he drops the ball on the edge of the area, seeming to hope the Ref will blow for a foul... but he doesn't... no one quite knows that to do... but fortunately no players decide to take the initiative and Fab can eventually kick it down the pitch...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:37 pm


    great footwork in the box by Arsenal... players desperate not to foul him and eventually we get a boot in the right place to concede a corner - which Are do nothing with...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:41 pm


    close... header just wide of the far post from a Noble corner (why's he taking all the corners today?)

    We really can - and should - get something from today's game.

    The Blades have just gone ahead against Norwich... so all results around us are going our way, so three points would really be great if we could get them and on the game so far, there's nothing to say we can't if we hold strong and keep our concentration.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:46 pm


    first half almost over... Antonio can't control the ball and it goes out of play as we try to launch a final attack.

    1 minute of added time... it's been a decent game... we're well in it and there's pretty much nothing to choose between the two teams...
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:51 pm


    Halftime:

    nothing has changed at the bottom of the table, but at least it all stays the same... a couple extra points would really do us some good.

    and by 'good' it would only - at best - put us above Brighton... but that's how tight the bottom of the table is and how vital every single point and positive goal difference can and will be.
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    Post  westhamonkey on Sat 07 Mar 2020, 3:53 pm


    Twiter is claiming there were boo's at the Emirates as Arsenal came off. The consensus from the Twitterati is that Arsenal are not good.

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